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A soil pH test is a great first step to successful gardening.

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.

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Gardening

Upcoming Garden Learning Opportunities

Are pests bugging you? We're here to help!

The New York State IPM Program is excited to launch a new virtual series, What’s Bugging You First Fridays, a Virtual presentations on practical solutions to pest problems.

In this monthly virtual series, we'll explore timely topics to help you use integrated pest management (IPM) to avoid pest problems and promote a healthy environment where you live, work, learn and play. What is IPM? It's a wholistic approach that uses different tools and practices to not only reduce pest problems, but to also address the reasons why pests are there in the first place. Each month, our speakers will share practical information about how you can use IPM.

Events will happen on the first Friday of every month from 12:00 to 12:30 PM EST on Zoom. Below is the schedule of presentations from March 2021 to February 2022 Each month we’ll cover a timely topic in 25 minutes, including time for questions. Then, in an IPM Minute, we’ll cover a specific task you can perform in the next few days to help you avoid pest problems.

Details and registration information can be found at:

https://nysipm.cornell.edu/whats-bugging-you/first-friday-events/

TOPIC IPM MINUTE DATE
Spotted lanternfly: a new invasive pest March 5, 2021
Dealing with springtime ants Protect yourself against ticks April 2, 2021
Rolling out the red carpet for good bugs in your garden Scouting for spotted lanternfly egg masses May 7, 2021
A better lawn without pesticides Avoiding the sting: inspections to locate and remove wasp nests June 4, 2021
Finding and eliminating mosquitoes in your yard Hand-picking Japanese beetles from plants July 2, 2021
How to pick over-the-counter pesticides Yellowjacket trapping to catch aggressive wasps August 6, 2021
Keeping pests out of your home this fall, from stink bugs to mice Adult ticks are out for blood - how to avoid them September 3, 2021
How to get rid of pantry moths What to do if stink bugs got inside? October 1, 2021
Dealing with mice in your home Identifying sources of clothes moths November 5, 2021
Avoid getting and spreading bed bugs Fruit flies - don't bother me! December 3, 2021
Picking pest-resistant vegetable seeds Best practices for storing bird seed in the winter January 7, 2022
Fungus gnats and indoor plants - what's the deal? Recognizing and avoiding woodpecker damage on your home February 4, 2022


LATE BLIGHT RESOURCES:

Late Blight Photos

Managing Late Blight in Tomato and Potato – An Essential Part of Gardening

Late Blight Fact Sheet


Master Gardener Help Line

Our master gardeners are ready to help with your garden question, identification or issue. Bring your question to the Help Line by telephone, e-mail or walk in on Wednesdays Noon to 2PM during the growing season. Our garden experts will review your request and set you in the right direction. Also, as an extra bonus if you bring in a soil sample our garden team will test for PH. PH is important for the adsorption of nutrients in your soil.

Contact us on 716-664-9502 extension 224, e-mail us at chautauquamg@cornell.edu or visit us at the JCC Carnahan Center; 525 Falconer Street; P.O. Box 20; Jamestown, NY 14702-0020, during helpline hours. the "GPS friendly address is 241 James Ave; Jamestown, NY" look for the RED Cornell Signs.

COVID-19 affects MGV helpline. Here is the update:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Help Desk will not be opening at JCC as expected for in-person assistance with gardening questions. Instead Master Gardeners can be reached for gardening help in two ways. Beginning April 1, 2020, you can call the Master Gardeners at 716-664-9502 ext. 224 and leave a message or you may send an email to chautauquamg@cornell.edu. Either way, someone will get back to you, to answer your questions. If you have a question about a plant or insect identification, it would be helpful if you could attach a picture of what you would like to identify, and that would be a very useful starting point. Social distancing may keep us from face to face gardening, but it's still a good time to get your seedlings started, your cool crops planted and enjoy the fresh garden air.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua 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! We offer free or low-cost gardening classes and tours all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer! Call us or come by today!

Contact

Lucia Conti
Association Administrative Assistant
lpc33@cornell.edu
716-664-9502 ext. 209

Last updated February 9, 2021