seedlings in a flat
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Let us help you get started with vegetable gardening!

Master Gardener volunteer conducts a pH soil test on a soil sample
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A soil pH test is a great first step to successful gardening.

Produce at a farm stand
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Find recommended varieties of vegetables that grow well in our area!

What's eating your plants? We can help you find out, and suggest ways to control it!

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Learn skills and share what you know, as a volunteer in the CCE Master Gardener program.

Gardening

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more! Call us or come by today!

Close-up view of hands surrounding a pine tree seedling freshly planted in February 2009, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region 5

2019 Tree and Shrub Sale!

It's the annual Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District's tree and shrub sale. Click for more information.

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flats of sprouting seeds

First Planting Dates

Consult our charts of popular vegetables and the earliest and latest dates they safely can be planted (as seeds, transplants, or sets) in our region.

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Black-tailed deer grazing by the roadside in Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington [public domain].

Deer Resistant Plants

Is there anything they won't eat? Although no plant is completely "deer proof", we've compiled a chart of deer-resistant varieties that may avoid their browsing.

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Japanese maple, Acer palmatum Thunb.

Lawns & Ornamentals

Our resources on annuals, perennials, lawns, trees and shrubs can help you have a more beautiful home landscape.

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fresh compost

Making Compost!

Find resources here on how to start and maintain a home compost bin! Learn how to turn food and yard waste into "black gold" for your garden!

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Striped cucumber beetle Acalymma vittatum (Fabricius, 1775) from Bugwood.org

Pests & IPM

IPM is a system for managing pest problems using a range of safe, least-toxic methods. Find IPM resources here!

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Contact

Linda Gillilland, M.A.
Quality of Life Issue Leader, Horticulture
llg46@cornell.edu
518-962-4810 ext.416

Last updated January 24, 2019