Better Trees and Gardens

Potato seedling. USDA

Looking for advice on what to plant this spring? Or how to make the most of your patch of woods? There are experts in these hills, and they are generous with their knowledge.

The Sunday Garden Series presented by master gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County gets under way at 3 p.m. this Sunday with “Let’s Plant,” a two-hour seminar on sowing seeds in cold or hot weather. The series is free and held at the beautiful Heaven Hill Farm on Bear Cub Road, in Lake Placid. Future topics include adapting your garden to a changing climate, on April 28.

Peter Smallidge is New York State’s extension forester, and he happens to own a 50-acre rolling woodland in Crown Point. He’s opening the former farm field to the public on Saturday, May 11. Having taken his tour I can recommend it. Peter is great at explaining how he encourages white pine, and how he deals with aggressive forest invaders such as buckthorn and oriental bittersweet. He has his own little sawmill, he’ll give a small-scale logging workshop, and if you bring a hard hat you can learn how to fell a tree. Register here, or for more information see Restore New York Woodlands Facebook page. You may also call (518) 962-4810, extension 409.

For a full schedule of Cornell Cooperative Extension programs across the region this spring click here.

Tonight, for a thoughtful start to the growing season, Philip Ackerman-Leist will discuss “Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to create local, sustainable and secure food systems” at 7 p.m. in the Adirondack Room of the Joan Weill Adirondack Library, at Paul Smith’s College. The event is co-sponsored by the library, the Campus Sustainability Office, and the School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts.

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