gardening

The hope is that the future vegetables and flowers will teach students about nutrition and agriculture, as well as provide for school lunches and other school programs.

My empty canning jars are stockpiled and ready for harvest season. I saved them all year, filling a few here and there with pickles from a friend’s leftover cucumbers and jam from a couple pints of strawberries. The majority, however, sit empty. I set out last week to rectify that with some donated elderberries.

Many backyard gardeners rely on a routine of caretaking for their plants. But as temperatures rise and weather becomes more extreme, it has become necessary to adapt.

Pam Harder has been keeping an eye on the wild mustard near her Thompsons Lake Road home.

“It’s up,” she said last week.

Master Gardener Denise Maurer turns found items into garden art, and teaches others to do the same.

GUILDERLAND — Laura Shore of Guilderland found out the hard way that the beautiful ornamental plant growing in her yard was toxic giant hogweed: by trying to prune it.

Just as there’s a difference between baseball players and people who play baseball, so there’s a difference between gardeners and those who garden.

Phyllis Rosenblum's home showcases her family history while her gardens blend the practical with the beautiful.

Phyllis Rosenblum grew up with nine siblings on a small farm and learned the value of self-sufficiency; she wants to pass that on to prisoners in the county jail and has started a garden for them to tend. We endorse the project.

Nurturing people and plants takes time and love, not money. The essence of home can be found in the low-income housing complex often overlooked in the village.

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