Spring Gardening Tips from Master Gardeners!

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IMG_4539Beginning April 1, Master Gardeners resume office hours from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Fridays. At other times, please leave a detailed message at 315-331-8415, ext. 107, including a daytime number where we can reach you, or you can email your question to tomgwayne@cornell.edu

If you need to drop off a plant, insect or soil sample you can do so from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Our office is located at 1581 state Route. 88 N., Newark.

Master Gardeners answer consumer questions on lawn care, trees, veggies and fruits, insect ID/control, plant disease diagnosis/control, weeds, pond weed management, perennial and annual plants, oil pH testing, techniques to help reduce work while creating more sustainable plantings, invasive species and more.Our Master Gardeners respond to voicemail messages throughout the year and look forward to speaking with you soon.

Upcoming workshops for adults:

“Home Grown in Wayne-Tomatoes”: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 19, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 state Route 88 N., Newark. This workshop is full. It will cover seed starting — with hands-on activity — tomato diseases and problems and best practices for growing healthy tomatoes here in Wayne County. For more information, call 315-331-8415. For special needs, please contact us two weeks in advance.

Ontario Public Library:

  • Bonsai: 6 p.m. March 23
  • Vegetable Gardening: 6 p.m. April 27
  • Newark Public Library:

  • Container Gardening: 1 p.m. May 10
  • Home Composting: 1 p.m. May 24
  • Roses: 1 p.m. June 14
  • Birdscaping your Yard: 1 p.m. June 28
  • Gardening with Perennials: 1 p.m. July 12
Macedon Public Library:

  • Seed Starting: 6:30 p.m. March 30
  • Birdscaping your Yard: 6:30 p.m. April 11
  • Home Composting: 6:30 p.m.
  • Putting your Garden to Bed: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15
  • Please contact the hosting library for details and registration.

    Monthly tips

    Vegetables and fruits:Late blight control strategies update: Eradication of volunteer tomato seedlings is now recommended. In season, control of late blight pathogens will help reduce the number of potentially over-wintering structures. Infected plantings should not be abandoned, but killed immediately. Source: Cornell Veg Edge, Judson Reid, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.

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