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Online Platform Helps Citizen Scientists Transform Outdoor Space into Wildlife-Friendly Habitat Did you know that your front yard, office patio, or city park could provide important habitat for dozens of plants and animals? Today, The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology launched Habitat Network, a free online citizen science platform that invites people […]

Garden Dirt: Growing Amazing Mazes

by Ray Greenstreet Pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple butter and corn mazes scream “fall on the farm.”  As agritourism continues to grow in popularity, so do corn mazes.  Our six-acre corn maze is the centerpiece of our wildly popular Fall Festival, and an average of 15,000 visitors per year– young and old alike – have tried […]

In the Dirt: Myrtle Magic

By Ray Greenstreet Crape myrtle. Or crepe myrtle. Or just myrtles. Or if you prefer Latin, lagerstroemia. By any name, its abundant blossoms are the bright spot in the July landscape. This all-American plant is actually a transplant, brought here in 1790 by Andre Michaux, a French botanist. On our shores, it was first planted […]

Get your Soil Right–Use Lobsters Even!

by Ray Greenstreet Spring fever is sweeping our area. Warmer days have us dreaming of gardens lush with abundant growth and vibrant color. What does it take to be a success in the garden? What secret does your neighbor know that you don’t? The answer may surprise you. It’s all about the roots……It’s all about […]

In the Dirt: Veggiemania!!!

by Ray Greenstreet It is almost time for…tomatoes! We were beginning to wonder if the ground would ever warm up enough for our favorite summer crop. But never fear, spring is on the way! You don’t need a lot of space for tomatoes – a large pot on a sunny patio or deck will suit […]

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