Rhododendrons at reporter Monique Singh-Roy’s East Quogue home. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Editor’s note: This post was published on January 12, 2016. The post originally appeared on the writer’s blog, YourPotLuck.com.
What’s the temperature outside? That’s a question all of us have asked our friends or family members at some point these past frigid weeks. It’s the first thing we want to know when we wake up and probably the last thing we want to know before heading to bed.
With so many outlets to access current temperatures at our fingertips, I had to do a double take the other day when my husband wanted to know the outdoor temperature and asked me to check the rhododendrons.
I was gazing out the window one particularly frigid morning when he asked me, “What are the rhododendrons doing?” (more…)
Suzanne Ruggles in a meadow she created in Southampton. (Credit: The Barefoot Gardener courtesy photo)
It takes a lot of fertilizer and pesticides to maintain a lush lawn.
And in addition to putting a dent in a homeowner’s wallet, the process of applying these products can be time-consuming. Worse, the harmful chemicals can even affect the health of local residents and wildlife if they happen to leach into nearby streams, ponds, lakes and bays.
As homeowners become more environmentally conscious, many are turning away from the concept of a traditionally green lawn. Instead, they’re planting alternative ground covers such as meadows and vegetable gardens. (more…)
Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture consultant Alice Raimondo examines some garden soil. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
For beginning gardeners — or even experienced ones — problems can always arise when working out a green thumb.
Some, like an insect infestation, can be pretty obvious. But others, like unbalanced soil, will likely not be so noticeable to the untrained eye.
To find out if the dirt in your garden is causing trouble, stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s office on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead with a cup and a half of soil and five dollars. There, horticulture consultants Alice Raimondo and Sandra Vultaggio will test your soil’s pH balance and soluble salts level. (more…)
Grow your own fruit and vegetables, like these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at Long Season Farms in Aquebogue, from seeds shared at the second annual Long Island Regional Seed Consortium Heirloom Seed Swap. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker)
You might have just thrown out this year’s Christmas tree, but it’s not too early to start planning your 2016 garden.
Trade your saved heirloom seeds and pick up some planting tips at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium‘s second annual Heirloom Seed Swap at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus next month. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. (more…)
Jack Weiskott, owner of Ornamental Plantings in Southold, said he’s noticed an increase in interest for deer-resistant plants over roughly the past decade. He’s holding the deer-resistant shrub Spiraea japonica. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
“No plants are completely deer-proof,” according to literature published by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Hungry deer will consume plants that have little nutritional value.” (more…)
Designing a garden that provides beauty and interest throughout all four seasons is a gardener’s dream. It often takes years of trial and error (not to mention weeding, watering and soil preparation) and experimenting with different plants and conditions to achieve this often elusive goal.
Master Gardener Alice Levien of Cutchogue has met the challenge and created a garden full of pleasing plant combinations, providing year-round visual enjoyment. (more…)