Gardening: Renovate your berry patch

Now that the June-bearing strawberry season has passed, there are things that we can do now to get ready for next year’s crop. If your strawberry patch is two years old or more, after harvesting the last of your strawberries, it’s time to renovate the bed. This means cutting back the foliage to three inches and removing the leaf debris. This may seem counter-intuitive, but strawberries have a long list of diseases and pests to contend with and doing this will help keep those at bay. Don’t worry, the plants … (read more)

Contest invites kids to play with their food

University of Vermont Extension 4-H is sponsoring an Edible Art Contest this summer to inspire kids, 8 to 18, to get creative with their food. There is no fee to enter and enrollment in 4-H is not required. Participants may enter all five categories, thou … (read more)

Gardening: Growing the best cucumbers

Is there anything better than a fresh, home-grown cucumber? Warmed by the sun, the crisp and juicy just-picked cucumber just doesn’t compare to store-bought ones. Although cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, getting a nice crop can take some strategizi … (read more)

Soil improvement classes to be offered through UVM Extension

VERMONT — UVM Extension’s Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team is reminding farmers of several upcoming programs and workshops aimed to improve their farming practices. Farm Agricultural Practices Program has set deadlines of June 15 to sign up for … (read more)

Go ‘low’ to extend and protect your garden

Low tunnels are the contemporary version of the “cold boxes,” made out of windows and wood frames, which older generation gardeners used to start plants early in the season. They are also every bit as good for extending your season well into the fall and … (read more)