Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.
Jessica Damiano is a journalist with more than 20 years experience in radio, television, print and online media.
She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is senior editor of Newsday's ExploreLI.com website.
Jessica, who has trained as a Master Gardener, enjoys toiling in her garden -- an ongoing work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her column, Garden Detective, which appears every Sunday in Newsday.
The Garden Detective blog was awarded a 2008 Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Online Features Reporting Award.
Jessica lives in Nassau County with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Mikey, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds.
Robin Dinhofer of Merrick has some of the season’s most creative raised beds. Her son, Andrew, a mechanical engineering student, built them using recycled materials: 55-gallon car wash barrels cut in half, wood, bolts and paint. Dinhofer filled each half way with golf balls for drainage and then added potting mix. “We have been renovating our yard, as we lost our pool and pier last August thanks...Read more »
Garden tour season is in full swing, and the Bellport Garden Club is holding is "Gardens of Delight" event on Saturday, June 16.
Here's how it works:
Purchase a $20 ticket (bring a friend and get two for $35) in advance at The Bellport, It's Only Natural, The Variety Mart or Pamela Lerner Antiques (all on Main Street in Bellport Village) or on the day of the event at the Gazebo,...Read more »
Here we go again. Meg McGrath, my plant pathologist friend with Cornell University in Riverhead dealt me some bad news today: Late blight is back. Again.
"Unfortunately, so early in the season, late blight has been found in a potato crop in the Riverhead area. Based on the appearance of the symptoms, it did not start in this field. I am trying to find the source. There also could be other...Read more »
Reader Tina Valetutti-Kraemer has joined this year’s Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, starting her plants from seeds she obtained from prizewinning tomato growers, including Great Long Island Tomato Challenge veteran Billy King: "I started them a little earlier this year in newspaper pots with Father Nature's Seed Starting mix,” she said. “When I planted them in the garden, I added two tablespoons...Read more »
I've been on an announcement roll lately, mostly because it's the time of year when my inbox get flooded with these types of things. I'll be picking my favorites and posting periodically, so if you know of any local gardening events, drop me a line.
Every year the Long Island Native Plant Initiative holds a plant sale in the greenhouse at the Suffolk County Community College's Riverhead campus....Read more »
Looking for farm-fresh produce in Nassau, where one typically doesn't stumble upon farmers selling their crops on the side of the road? There are several farmers markets about, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension has just added its own to the short list of offerings. Located at the extension's new horticultural center at 832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, the market will be open from 9 a.m....Read more »
Been to the Bronx lately? There's more to see than just the zoo and Arthur Avenue. Wave Hill is one of New York's horticultural gems, and no garden enthusiast within driving distance should miss a chance to step inside it's blooming gardens this summer. In addition to all they eye candy at the 28-acre gardens overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, you'll also find lectures, guided walks, and...Read more »
So, last year Proven Winners sent me a trial plant of a brand-new, unreleased-at-the-time daylily called "Going Bananas'. If you follow me on Facebook, you're familiar with my raves from last summer.
This yellow beauty is so much prettier than the go-to Stella de Oro, and bloomed more or less continuously — as opposed to repeatedly — all summer long. It's more of a muted yellow, creamy...Read more »
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is opening its new 20,000-square-foot visitor center, marking the completion of a key component of the most significant renewal effort there since the BBG was founded more than a century ago. The project was recognized back in 2008 by the New York City Public Design Commission with an Award for Excellence in Design.
There will be a lot of excitement and fanfare...Read more »
Reader Matthew Barcia from West Hempstead, a verteran of the Challenge, has thrown his hat back into the ring! “Recently I purchased Big Zac seeds, as well as Australian seeds from an internet site located in Utah,” he writes. “It is my hope that finally I will be able to compete with a winning giant tomato.” Barcia started his seeds this year in a cleverly recycled 10-gallon lighted fish tank!
Are...Read more »