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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.

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.

Flowers in Minns Garden, Cornell Campus.  Echinacea.  Cornell University Photography.
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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)


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 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.

master gardener helpline

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!

Upcoming Garden Learning Opportunities

Pesticide Questions? We Have the Answers...

Join DEC's Bureau of Pesticides Management for three, 60-minute informative webinars on:

What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Exterminator)
July 21 at 6 p.m.

Information for the general public about pesticides, integrated pest management, hiring an exterminator, the neighbor notification law, and more. Pick up tips on how to protect yourself, your family, and your environment while using pesticides
Register now

How to Become a Pesticide Applicator
July 23 at 6 p.m.

A walk through the process of becoming a certified pesticide applicator. Whether you want to do landscaping, structural pest control, or agriculture, learn how to qualify for the exam and start your new career.
Register now

New York State Pesticide Use and Regulations
July 28 at 6 p.m.

DEC Staff will explain the differences between minimum risk, general, and restricted use pesticides, how to avoid common violations in the field, and how to become certified applicators and register a pest control business.
Register now

For more information about the webinars or DEC's Pesticides Program, please visit our website.

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:


Identification of common garden tomato diseases

Tips to avoid damage by the squash vine borer

July 1, 2022

Do's and Don'ts for ladybugs in the garden

Risks associated with pest control home remedies

August 5, 2022

Tackling white grubs in your lawn: scouting, decision-making, and sustainable management

Shoo flies, don't bother me!

September 2, 2022

Fall lawn IPM: managing leaves and ticks

Is that a praying mantis egg case?

October 7, 2022

Repellents, fencing, and other IPM approaches for managing deer damage

Where you chuck your pumpkins matters

November 4, 2022

Homeowner update on emerald ash borer management

Creepy crawly Christmas - what to do if you find insects in your Christmas tree

December 2, 2022


Late Blight Photos

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

Late Blight Fact Sheet


Lucia Conti
Association Administrative Assistant
716-664-9502 ext. 209

Last updated September 26, 2022