There may still be snow on the ground but the VINES Program (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc.) is not holding back as it hosts two fascinating Garden Planning workshops as part of its Green Thumb series.
I have a rather large garden in my yard in Binghamton. Every spring, I recall my Mom's veggie garden on the west side and taking most of Mother's Day weekend to plant her fresh picked plants that she would by at her favorite greenhouse in Endicott. Now that I live in the country, I have even more room so to save money, I start 98% of my plants by seed.
Maybe I'm a little late (okay, I'm VERY late), but recently, I've given in and created a Pinterest account and let me tell you, I'm OBSESSED. I never thought I'd be a DIY person, but it's too much fun!
I'm always looking for some cool things to do around the Southern Tier that don't cost an arm and a leg. For many years now, friends of mine would take this adventure to nearby Newark Valley to tour a real corn "MAIZe." They would come back with some great photos and the following year, more people would join them. It sounded like the best time and these were all adults having the time of their life at this beautiful family farm.
I remember my Mom planting these little potato things called tubers every year about this time of the year. The first year I would laugh as she would tell me how each tuber would produce this 3-7 foot plant in a dazzling array of colors. They are called Dahlias, a flower native to Mexico and first discovered in the year 1525.
I remember my Mom talking about "the three sisters" when I was young. She actually had 4 sisters so it always confused me, but then again, I am easily confused. Every May my Mom would bring up these 3 sisters and now I know what she was talking about. The 3 sisters has to do with happy companion plants in your garden.
I spent the last couple of weekends scoping my yard and planning my attack for weeds. I refuse to use the herbicide Roundup after reading about the dangers of using this chemical. Roundup contains glyphosate. Study after study shows the dangers of using this popular weed killer and according to a article published by Reuters, "Roundup could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers."
It has become a Spring tradition in the Southern Tier. Refeather Your Nest is back and the HAWK is giving you a chance to win a share of the more than $7000 in prizes the HAWK will have to give away on Wednesday April 23rd.
Cabin Fever got you down? If the soon to come warmer weather is calling your name and if your wish-list of home and garden wants keeps growing by the minute, you won’t want to miss the chance to get out of the house and learn how to turn your home and garden dreams into reality with the help of the 2014 Home and Garden Show!
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