CHAZY — Bob and Joann Trombly have a whole lot of growing going on in the basement of their Chazy home.
Bob built the room where Joann’s seedlings are warm and get 16 hours of light a day. He built her raised beds, and he helps with plantings and weeding.
“It’s no way it’s just me,” said Joann, a Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardener volunteer.
Joann’s mother, Mary Sheehan, introduced her and her siblings to gardening as children.
When the season takes hold, Joann will have plants in raised beds and in the ground.
Now is the time between her basement and greenhouse. She’s growing perennials: English daisy, yarrow, delphiniums, and gaillardia also know as Indian blanket. Along with hollyhocks and mullein, she’s raising these perennials for the Cooperative Extension’s annual plant sale May 31.
“Most of the seeds are purchased but I have also harvest seeds from other gardeners and some from my own plants,” Joann said.
Annuals include petunias and painted tongue.
“I have passion flower, which is a vine,” she said. “Dusty miller, it’s interesting grayish-green foliage that is a little bit fuzzy and has a little pink flower. It’s a really nice texture to add to the garden.”
She rounds out her annuals with coleus, zinnias, geraniums (from cuttings) and vinca vine.
“You see it in a lot of hanging plants,” Joann said. “The leaves are kind of fat, oblong. The can be variegated or solid. It doesn’t really get a flower. It’s nice viny filler in a pot.”
She shares her plants with friends and family. In the vegetable category, she has eight different varieties of tomatoes as wells as a range of peppers and onions. She’s growing basil, parsley, eggplant, broccoli and cabbage.