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Gardening Conversations: Four seasons of gardening with Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy. Matha Foley hosts radio@ncpr.org

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    A final gardening conversation with horticulturist Amy Ivy

    A final gardening conversation with horticulturist Amy Ivy

    (Dec 31, 2018) For more than 20 years, horticulturist Amy Ivy has shared her expertise and love of gardening in conversation with Martha Foley each Monday morning on The Eight O'Clock Hour. Amy is retiring from her job with Cornell Cooperative Extension this week and from her volunteer job as NCPR's longtime gardening maven.

    What does she plan to do with her time now? Tend (and expand) her garden.

    In this last episode, she talks with Martha about what to do with the Christmas tree after the holidays are over. [full story]

    Gifts for the "green thumb" in your life

    Gifts for the "green thumb" in your life

    (Dec 17, 2018) Arrangements and centerpieces and cut flowers may be a better gift for the non-gardener; live plants can bring a burden of guilt. but they can make a nice gift for the green thumbs in your life. Amy Ivy recommends cyclamens, which are hardy and long blooming, and have colorful leaves when not in bloom.

    Garden gear may by pricey, or duplicate what someone already has, but a garden center gift certificate is a practical alternative and sure to be put to good use.

    Horticulturist Amy Ivy trades tips and advice with Todd Moe. [full story]

    Houseplants (almost) guaranteed to brighten winter days

    Houseplants (almost) guaranteed to brighten winter days

    (Dec 3, 2018) The Winter Solstice is three weeks away. The sun is low in the sky; days are short and getting shorter. Cold drizzle and slush aren't helping.

    Houseplants can be an antidote, even for those of us without much, or any, of a green thumb.

    Cooperative Extension's horticulturist lists a few favorite and trouble-free options for indoor greenery. Tops on her list: pothos, AKA Devil's Ivy. Also: chinese evergreen (Google it), jade tree, and peace lily. [full story]

    With winter, gardening goes indoors

    With winter, gardening goes indoors

    (Nov 12, 2018) Not only is it getting consistently frosty, we've had a string of wet days. Conditions haven't been ideal for gardening outdoors. But there can be a whole host of chores involving plants and dirt indoors.

    Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy took a call from a concerned Christmas Cactus owner last week. It was blooming on Election Day. What? And can it be re-potted anyway?

    So, this week, answers to those questions, and more about plants that have come indoors for the duration. [full story]

    Time to put down the hedge clippers!

    Time to put down the hedge clippers!

    (Nov 5, 2018) Shrubs and trees are on the way into winter. They're literally shutting down for the coming cold. So it's a bad time to do any unnecessary pruning or trimming of ornamental shrubs, hedges and the like. [full story]

    Grasses are stand-outs in the fall garden

    Grasses are stand-outs in the fall garden

    (Oct 29, 2018) There are a few blossoms left in the perennial garden, if you're lucky and have a really hardy mum or showy Autumn Joy sedum. But, mostly, what's left are dramatic dried seed heads and foliage that turns bright as the season changes. [full story]

Customer Reviews

101 Reasons Why ,

it was a clod i fownd out later .

So i like to get in the dirt and root about and there it is ! A bulb or coulda been a tuber OR mighta be a earthworm ? BUT it do not got that slimy ick feel i allways associate in my thinker with my earthworm . At least thats nermally been my experienced . Tharnk you .
A Citizen

Fruit,CSS ,

Love and listened for years!

I love listening to Amy's expertise. She's knowledgable and helpful. This is a quick weekly listen that I look forward to every week.

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Sometimes...Not Quite Accurate

Most of the short conversations are quite interesting and informative. The July episode on Tomatoes just had some wrong information. However, the last episode on Japanese Beetles was entertaining and spot on.

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