Available is a large selection of bare-root tree and shrub seedlings and transplants for erosion control, wildlife-habitat improvement, windbreaks and reforestation. Ground covers and wildflower seed mixes can also be purchased. The tree and shrub seedlings and transplants are sold as bare-root stock.
For the 2014 tree and shrub program, there are several trees including American Sycamore, Sawtooth Oak, Ninebark and Serviceberry to name a few.
These are all great species to grow in areas along streams to stabilize banks and provide riparian habitats. Streamco willow cuttings and wattles also work well for riparian planting. The wattles restore damaged and eroding banks. Offerings that are good to eat and for wildlife include blueberry, nanking cherry, blackberry, plum and apple.
Six different wildflower seed mixtures are available. Blends can be purchased for sunny or shady areas and for attracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to a gardens. An annual wildflower seed blend can be used to add color to an established wildflower garden or be planted by itself to create an annual wildflower bed full of color.
Also available are slow-release fertilizer tablets that will provide necessary nutrients for up to two years and water gel, which helps to retain moisture around the roots.
March 17 is the deadline to place an order and guarantee the variety. Orders will be available for pickup April 25 in Westport. To get an order form or more information, visit essexcountyswcd.org or call 962-8225 weekdays; email firstname.lastname@example.org; go to the link at www.co.essex.ny.us; or come to the office at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center (second floor), 3 Sisco St., Westport.
Cooperative Ext. offers Farm Safety Workshop
MALONE — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is offering a Farm Safety Workshop titled On the Farm Safety — A Family Affair on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the family farm of Steve and Marsha Gokey located at 3 Vincent Road, Malone (one mile past the Wilder Homestead).