September 2, 2013

Time for garden adjustments


In addition to checking pH, you want to add organic matter. Most gardeners feel that the best time to add organic matter is whenever they have the opportunity. Between decomposition and the nutrients used by growing plants, your soil is probably not as rich as it was in the spring when you planted. As part of your fall cleanup, you may want to add compost or other organic material. After all, there are only 201 days until the first day of spring next March!

Master Gardener volunteers are giving a free presentation called “Putting Your Garden to Bed” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Peru Free Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your questions and concerns, as well as any samples you would like identified.

We are sponsoring a bus trip to the Montreal Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to see the remarkable Mosaicultures Internationales. Your prepaid fee of $63 includes round-trip coach transportation and admission to the botanical gardens as well as the greenhouses, pavilions and Insectarium. As a bonus, we will stay until after dusk to witness the Gardens of Light, a seasonal event. Space is limited. You must have a passport or enhanced driver’s license to participate. Call 561-7450 or email me at for more information or to register.

Jolene Wallace is the horticulture program educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. Contact her at 561-7450 or

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