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The CCEFM master gardeners plan and create a large exhibit annually in the Cooperative Extension building at Fonda Fair.

A CCE master gardener is a teacher. Sometimes it is one-on-one and ...

Sometimes it is a group of youth in a school or at Fonda Fair...

And sometimes it is in classroom before a large group of people.

CCEFM master gardeners hold a plant sale annually and dispense information about selection, planting and care of plants they sell.

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Best time to Winter prune Apple Trees
Posted 2/7/2018
While there might not seem to be too much happening in the garden this time of year, the best time to winter prune apple trees is right around the corner in February and March.
Pruning provides a good reason to get out in the garden and is very beneficial for your apple trees.
So, why prune your fruit trees? First, pruning helps keep the trees at a reasonable height, which makes it much easier to thin fruit off in the spring, treat for insects and diseases, and harvest.
Beautify your home with orchids
Posted 2/7/2018

The largest family of flowering plants is the orchid family (Orchidaceae), which has around 28,000 species. Prized by collectors for their beautiful blooms, and threatened by habitat loss, many orchids are now endangered in the wild. New methods of propagation, including tissue culture, have made some orchid species such as Moth Orchids more affordable. The key to growing your orchid successfully is to know which species it is.

Why is my crabapple tree losing leaves?
Posted 9/7/2017

Apple scab fungus on crabapples has left trees with few leaves, but the tree is not dying

Master Gardener Plant Sale
Posted 6/10/2017

Join us for our Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Demo Day. Saturday, June 10th, 8am-11am.

Location: Montgomery County Annex Building, 20 Park St Fonda.

Shop Fo: perennials and vegetable seedlings grown by our Master Gardeners.

Demo's on: Worms, Composting, Pallet Gardening, Fermenting, Planting in Beds, Soil Testing (bring a sample), question & answer table, And MUCH MORE!

Call our office for more information, 853-2135

LGCGC Annual Perennial Plant Sale
Posted 5/20/2017

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The Lake George Community Garden Club Annual Perennial 2-Day Plant Sale is planned for Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 28. Select from a huge number and variety of high-quality perennial plants dug, potted, and ready to plant from members’ zone 4 and 5 gardens. Garden club members are always available at the sales to share planting instructions and important gardening tips. All perennials are reasonably priced to fit your budget.

Enjoy the Early Arrivals!
Posted 4/26/2017
Every year it feels like a small miracle to witness the emergence and blooms of the early bulbs.  Often there is still snow around when the first of them, Winter aconite (Eranthis) and snowdrops (Galanthus), start blooming.  Somehow, that makes them even more special. Early species of Crocus icon will likely began blooming around the third week of March.
Use your camera to record where your bulbs are.  Save the photos for your September notes as a reminder to order early bulbs for planting in October.


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Posted 4/26/2017

Do you have some unwelcome visitors in your home that you don't recognize?  It may be the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål).   Over the past 10 years it has spread from New Jersy where it was first sited to many midwestern states.  According to Organic Gardening: "Once inside, stinkbugs don't eat anything, and they don't bite."

Getting late to do your pruning, whatt to look for...
Posted 4/26/2017

This is still a good time to prune your deciduous shrubs (those that drop their leaves in the fall). When the leaves are gone, it easy to see and reach interior branches which need to be removed.  Pruning requirements vary by plant, but in general, all plants will benefit from the following: 

  1. Use clean, sharpened pruners and lopers.
  2. Remove all dead and damaged branches.
  3. Remove branches which cross through the middle of the plant.
  4. Remove branches which rub against other limbs.
Do Your Plants Runneth Over?
Posted 4/25/2017

                       Nothing says spring like these beautiful early spring flowers

BELMONT, N.Y. — Did you get spring plants for Easter? Well you may be lucky enough to get more for Mother’s Day; so what do you do with them all?  First, check the tag with the plant, which will give you some basic information and then read below for more details. Remember, you can plant them in your garden and enjoy them again next year!

Learn About Your Woodlands & Forests
Posted 1/26/2017


Did you know New York State is over 60% forested and that 85% of these forests are owned by private landowners? Most forest landowners are not aware of the range of options available in planning for their woodland’s sustainable future.


 You and Your Forest, is a FREE informational letter series that can help you begin the process of good forest stewardship without leaving the comfort of your home. The letter series does not require any previous knowledge of forests or forestry.  If you sign up, you will receive seven, 8-page, self-study installments beginning in late winter and sent every two weeks through spring, by either email or regular mail.


 Issue topics include forest ecology, protecting your forest assets, agroforestry practices (mushrooms, ginseng…), enhancing your forest for wildlife, forest management, forest invasive species and much more. So, whether you own 5 acres or 500, now is the time learn how to be a good forest steward. For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties at 518-622-9820.

Deadline to register is February 23, 2017.  


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The Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program provides direct support for home gardeners by answering questions on the phone, email, and at events, teaching classes, and identifying insects. These volunteers stay current on horticultural topics.

Tip #1:
Consider planting flowers which may be dried for winter arrangements. Some of the best are strawflower, statice, celosia, and globe amaranth.

Tip #2:
Do not restrict yourself to buying plants in bloom. Petunias that bloom in the pack are often rootbound or overgrown and, after planting, will actually be set back and cease to bloom for about a month. Plants without blossoms will actually bloom sooner and will grow better as well.

Tip #3:
To extend the blooming period of gladiolus, plant early, middle and late season selections each week until the middle of June. Choose a sunny location and plant the corms four to six inches deep and six to eight inches apart.

Tip #4:
When chrysanthemums show signs of life, dig up and divide large plants. Discard woody portions and replant divisions 12 to 15 inches apart.

Tip #5:
Cut flower stalks back to the ground on daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring flowering bulbs as the flowers fade. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. The leaves are necessary to produce strong bulbs capable of reflowering.

Tip #6:
The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. Plant a tree, or support an organization which does.

Tip #7:
Prune spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia and spirea after they have completed flowering.


Have a gardening question?

Do you have a gardening question for the Master Gardener in Fulton or Montgomery Counties?

Send an email! A trained volunteer master gardener will get back to you as soon as possible.


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Japanese Beatles

It's time to scout for Japanese beetles. Evidence suggests that adult beetles are attracted to previously damaged leaves. Therefore reducing feeding damage now can result in less feeding damage in the future. 

Japanese beetle adults are one quarter to one half inch long with copper colored wing covers and a shiny metallic green head. Kind of attractive in a buggy sort of way. A key characteristic is prominent white tufts of hair along their sides.

They also have the munchies for your favorite rose, linden, grape, raspberry and some 350 different plants. They generally do not feed on dogwood, forsythia, holly, lilac, evergreens and hosta. To view more information on identifying Japanese beatles and how to control/get rid of them view the article below.

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How to Take a Soil Sample

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