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Forest pest identification workshop scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday

October 26, 2014 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, will be holding a two-part Forest Pest training and ID session on Tuesday an... more »»

The art of basket making

October 19, 2014 I collect the produce from my garden in a wire basket. I store my kindling in a circular basket made of wooden splints. My catch-all container in the mudroom is a sweetgrass baske. more »»

Inner Child comes out to play with skunks

October 12, 2014 Inside every adult, there is a little kid hiding and waiting to come out. This little one is full of wonder and joy and excitement, but buried under years of knowledge and other experiences. more »»

­September perfection

September 28, 2014 There is a day in September when everything is perfect. I don’t mean “perfect” in the unattainable sense. more »»

How to winter over and recycle some of your plants

September 28, 2014 I just wanted to let you know, some of your summer plants will winter over very nicely, in your home or basemen. more »»

Homesteader’s dream

September 21, 2014 To live off the grid is a declaration of self-sufficiency. more »»

Making memories

September 14, 2014 This summer I had the good fortune to go on vacation with 16 members of my family. Some may think this a week to be tolerated. For me, this was a trip to anticipate with pleasure and to enjo. more »»

Secrets of a happy wintergreen plant

September 14, 2014 This is a tale of the little plant that couldn’t. Eight or so years ago, I bought a small wintergreen plant from a good nursery. This wild ground cover from N.E. more »»

Fascinating fall colors brighten autumn days

September 7, 2014 CRIN FREDRICKSON Fall sort of snuck up on me this year. I was driving into work, it was a Thursday, and I was lost in thought for most of the rid. more »»

Greedy gardener’s consolation: the blueberry always brings in a harvest

September 7, 2014 Our last winter was the coldest in 60 years. My apple, apricot, cherry, peach, pear, nectarine, plum, and black walnut trees all had no flowers, and no fruit. more »»

Litter on land and in water

August 31, 2014 This summer I started a list. 1. The south branch of Cattaraugus Creek, 2. A small, unnamed beach on Lake Erie, 3. Arkwright Falls, 4. The Chadakoin River, 5. Conewango Creek, 6. more »»

Label mania controversy heating up

August 31, 2014 The chips looked interesting: made from fresh spinach and kale with sea salt. The snack king in our house brought them home and we agreed they were very tast. more »»

The Re-Birthday celebration

August 24, 2014 Rebirth. It’s not a word that is often heard in casual conversation, but it signals a momentous change. Rebirth is when your old life is left behind and you are setting out on new adventures. more »»

Tips for mulching in your gardens

August 24, 2014 By CAROL SITARSKI Master Gardener, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Contrary to belief, mulch has been around for millions of years as the leaves and plants fell to the forest floor and... more »»

Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

August 17, 2014 When I was 7 years old, my favorite thing in the world was a treehouse. My neighbor’s treehouse wasn’t very big, maybe 12 feet by 12. more »»

Free fall pH clinics and more

August 17, 2014 Did you know, the best time to test your soil and adjust its pH level is NOW, in the fall, NOT in the spring! Any amendments you add to your soil can take up to 6 months to work their magic (i.e. more »»

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

August 10, 2014 Bending in the wind with its twigs and branches flexing at its rounded top, the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) tree is an iconic species inhabiting the eastern United States. more »»

Irrestible blackberries

August 3, 2014 As a little girl, I can remember — perhaps less vividly then I would like — hot and humid August afternoons, impatiently swinging a white plastic bucket by its flimsy handle down a freshly-mowed... more »»

Are there good caterpillars?

July 27, 2014 By JEFF TOME I have a distinct memory from when I was a kid of finding a HUGE green caterpillar in the yard. It had a spike on one end and was wandering through the grass. more »»

Let’s go fishing!

July 20, 2014 Checking the radar, there were more little storm cells appearing in various shades of green and yellow with the occasional orange blip. Getting a coat of primer on the house wasn’t happening, again. more »»



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