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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

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Composting

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Three large compost bins, one made of wire fencing and two made of palletsMagic of Compost

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Famous Gardens

Downton AbbeyThe Gardens of Downton Abbey

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for Gardeners

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesGardening Tips from the High Line

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for your Garden

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Gardening for Birds

Hummingbird feeding from a red flowerHummingbirds in your Garden

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Gardening with Pets

German Shepherd sitting in the lawn infron of a peony plant with large magenta blossomsPet Friendly Plants

Thursday, September 3, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Genessee County

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Healing Gardens

A stone path running through the APline Gardne full of color and textureHealing Gardens

Thursday, August 13, 2020
6:30 pm – 7: 30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Insects

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Monarch Buttery Presentation

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

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Invasive Plants

FOur-petaled white flowers on a garlic mustard plantInvasive Species

Thursday, August 20, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

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Lawns

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Monday, August 31, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Ornamentals

Blue HydrangeasHydrangeas

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

FOur-petaled white flowers on a garlic mustard plantInvasive Species

Thursday, August 20, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

German Shepherd sitting in the lawn infron of a peony plant with large magenta blossomsPet Friendly Plants

Thursday, September 3, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Genessee County

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Pest Management

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Soil

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesCover Crops for the Home Garden

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

A trowel stuck in a raised garden bedSecrets of Soil

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Vegetable Gardening

Five freshly harvested heads of garlicGrowing Great Garlic

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state.

Click on the topic to see what classes are being offered.

Composting

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Three large compost bins, one made of wire fencing and two made of palletsMagic of Compost

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Edible Plants

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plant Plants and Backyard Farm

Monday, August 3, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Famous Gardens

Downton AbbeyThe Gardens of Downton Abbey

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for Gardeners

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesGardening Tips from the High Line

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for your Garden

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Gardening for Birds

Hummingbird feeding from a red flowerHummingbirds in your Garden

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Healing Gardens

A stone path running through the APline Gardne full of color and textureHealing Gardens

Thursday, August 13, 2020
6:30 pm – 7: 30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Insects

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersInsects

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Monarch Buttery PresentationBlack and orange Monarch Butterfly feeding on a purple flower

Thursday, August 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Monarch Buttery Presentation

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

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Invasive Plants

FOur-petaled white flowers on a garlic mustard plantInvasive Species

Thursday, August 20, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

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Lawns

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Monday, August 31, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Ornamentals

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensAugust – What to do in the Garden this Month

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Shade GardeningSahde garden with two large containers of blooming hostas

Thursday, August 6, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Blue HydrangeasHydrangeas

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

FOur-petaled white flowers on a garlic mustard plantInvasive Species

Thursday, August 20, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

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Pest Management

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Poisonous Plants

What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Your Garden?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

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Soil

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesCover Crops for the Home Garden

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

A trowel stuck in a raised garden bedSecrets of Soil

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Vegetable Gardening

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plant Plants and Backyard Farm

Monday, August 3, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Raised Garden bed with Cabbage, kael and lettuce, fitted with tubbing to for row coverPlanting Fall Vegetables

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensAugust – What to do in the Garden this Month

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Six heads of large heasd of green and red leetuce grwoing in a raised garden bedRaised Bed Gardening

Thursday, August 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

Five freshly harvested heads of garlicGrowing Great Garlic

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state.

Click on the topic to see what classes are being offered.

Composting

Full Wooden Compost BinBasics of Organic Composting

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Three large compost bins, one made of wire fencing and two made of palletsMagic of Compost

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Two hands holding finished compostMagic of Compost

Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Edible Plants

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plant Plants and Backyard Farm

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plant Plants and Backyard Farm

Monday, August 3, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Famous Gardens

Downton AbbeyThe Gardens of Downton Abbey

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for Gardeners

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesGardening Tips from the High Line

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

The High Line Garden in NYC in the spring with pink flowering treesThe High Line: Lessons for your Garden

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Gardening for Birds

Hummingbird feeding from a red flowerHummingbirds in your Garden

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Healing Gardens

A stone path running through the APline Gardne full of color and textureHealing Gardens

Thursday, August 13, 2020
6:30 pm – 7: 30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Insects

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodmia convergens) on a leafMeet the Beneficial Insects

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersInsects

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Monarch Buttery PresentationBlack and orange Monarch Butterfly feeding on a purple flower

Thursday, August 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Monarch Buttery Presentation

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

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Lawns

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Close up of lush green grasLawns Love Fall

Monday, August 31, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Native Plants

Four Echinacea or Cone Flowers in a garden - large flowers with dark pink petals and spikely centersGardening with Native Plants

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

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Ornamentals

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensAugust – What to do in the Garden this Month

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Blue HydrangeasHydrangeas

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Pest Management

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsGarden Weed Identification and Management

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Insect ID & Organic Controls

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Pollinators

Bumble bee on a pink flowerPollinator Gardens

Thursday, July 30, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Poisonous Plants

What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Your Garden?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Your Garden?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

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Soil

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesCover Crops for the Home Garden

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

A trowel stuck in a raised garden bedSecrets of Soil

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

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Vegetable Gardening

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plantPlants and Backyard Farm

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Red and green tomatoes on a tomato plant Plants and Backyard Farm

Monday, August 3, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Raised Garden bed with Cabbage, kael and lettuce, fitted with tubbing to for row coverPlanting Fall Vegetables

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensAugust – What to do in the Garden this Month

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Six heads of large heasd of green and red leetuce grwoing in a raised garden bedRaised Bed Gardening

Thursday, August 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Monroe County

Five freshly harvested heads of garlicGrowing Great Garlic

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Weeds

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsGarden Weed Identification and Management

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Pest Watch Update: Bagworms!

by Susan Ndiaye, Community Horticulture Educator

It is time to revisit our post on bagworms! Over the weekend, I was notified by the National Phenology Network that bagworm caterpillars will be emerging in our area in the next six days. If you need to treat a tree that has been infested with bagworms in the past, it is important to do so soon after emergence when the caterpillars are small, as treatments are not effective against larger caterpillars.


pinecone like structure hanging on an evergreen tree

Have you ever noticed one of these structures hanging on a Colorado blue spruce or an arborvitae? They kind of look like pine cones, but not exactly. Well, they aren’t pine cones, but silken bags spun and decorated by bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeform).

Bagworms are moths whose larvae feed on evergreens such as spruce, juniper, pine and arborvitae. The larvae can also feed on deciduous trees such as maple, elm, birch and sycamore. Bagworms defoliate the trees and shrubs they infest. In large numbers, bagworms can cause significant defoliation, which can lead to the death of the plant.

Bagworm Lifecycle

In late spring, bagworm eggs, which overwinter in their mother’s silken bag, hatch and caterpillars emerge. These caterpillars begin to form new silk bags, and as they eat, they cover it with bits of leaves. As the caterpillar grows, it expand its bags. Then in late summer the caterpillar firmly attaches its bag to the plant and pupates.

Adult male bagworm - clear winged moth with furry brown body
Adult male bagworm

Complete metamorphosis from caterpillar to moth takes about four weeks. Adult male bagworms emerge from their bags as clear winged moths and begin to search for a mate. Adult female bagworms are wingless moths and never leave their bags. After mating females produce 500-1000 eggs before dying. Their eggs overwinter inside their mother’s silken bag and the whole cycle begins again.

Management

Because bagworms are protected by their silken bag, management can be tricky. For smaller trees and shrubs the best tactic is to remove and destroy the bags by hand. Unfortunately, this is not possible in all instances, especially on larger trees and shrubs. Insecticides are most effective right after bagworm eggs hatch, when the caterpillars are small.

But how does one know when the eggs are going to hatch? Well, it turns out that there is a “Bagworm Forecast” that you can check in the spring to determine the best time to apply insecticide. The maps provided by this forecast are updated daily and available six days in the future, so you can plan ahead.

For recommendations on pesticides, check out the resources below. And as always, make sure you read and follow all the instructions on the pesticide label including the use of personal protective equipment. The label is the law!

If you need to spray a larger tree, you may need to contact an arborist. Click here to find a certified arborist near you.

Fun Facts

As females don’t fly, you may wonder how bagworms spread. Bagworm caterpillars can balloon, or use their silk threads to catch the wind and travel long distances.

Despite relatively little protection for overwintering bagworm eggs, research at Purdue University found that it takes a 24 hr period at -0.6 ° F or below to kill the eggs. So if you live in Orange County New York don’t expect a cold winter to kill off your bagworms.

Here is a video of a bagworm feeding!

Video from Purdue University Landscape Report (https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/824/)

Resources

Bagworm – Penn State University

Bagworms – Cornell University

Bagworm Forecast – USA National Phenology Network

Bagworms on Landscape Plants – University of Kentucky

Cold weather in January 2018 may have killed bagworms in some parts of Indiana – Landscape Report, Purdue University

Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state.

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Container Gardening

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Composting

Full Wooden Compost BinComposting

Monday, May 18, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Onondaga County

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

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Fruit

Two small light green fruits (pawpaws) growing of a branchGrowing Unusual Fruits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Herb Gardening

Bright Green Herb Plants - Chives, Basil, ParsleyGrowing Culinary HerbsSOLD OUT!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Insects

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersCreating a Butterfly GardenSOLD OUT!

Monday, May 27, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Broome County

Green lacewing - green bodied bug with large net-like wings sitting on a flower with pink petals and a yellow centerAll About Bugs: pollinators and more!

Thursday, May 28, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Pest Management

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsWeed Identification and Management SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Pollinators

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersCreating a Butterfly GardenSOLD OUT!

Monday, May 27, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Broome County

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Soil

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

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Technology as a Gardening Tool

Taking a picture of a field of flowers with a smart phoneUsing Your Cell Phone as a Gardening Tool

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

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Vegetable Gardening

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensCaring for Your Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

A cluster of cherry tomatoes growing on a tomato plant wet with the morning dew.Family Food Gardens for Beginners

Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Pile of cucumbers, a red, yellow and green pepper, green onions, tomatoes, a bunch of parsley and a sprig of rosemaryHow Does Your Garden Grow Check-In

Thursday, June 11, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Weeds

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsWeed Identification and ManagementSOLD OUT!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state.

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Container Gardening

 Large green pot with a plant with pink flowere, a short plant with white flowers and a varigated plant spilling over the sideContainer Gardening

Monday, May 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Onondaga County

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Composting

Pile of kitchen scraps, mostly peels of various fruits and vegetables, spead out on top of a compost pileHome Composting

Monday, May 11, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

Full Wooden Compost BinComposting

Monday, May 18, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Onondaga County

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

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Fruit

Quince Tree with two large green quince fruit - almost apple like in shapeFruit 102: Growing Unusual Fruits: An Introduction to Unfamiliar Fruits

Monday, May 11, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Steuben County

Two small light green fruits (pawpaws) growing of a branchGrowing Unusual Fruits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Gardening with Kids

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

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Herb Gardening

Bright Green Herb Plants - Chives, Basil, ParsleyGrowing Culinary Herbs

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

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Insects

Spotted Lanternfly adult on a green stemSpotted Lanternfly Workshop

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ulster County

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersCreating a Butterfly Garden

Monday, May 27, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Broome County

Green lacewing - green bodied bug with large net-like wings sitting on a flower with pink petals and a yellow centerAll About Bugs: pollinators and more!

Thursday, May 28, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Invasive Species

Spotted Lanternfly adult on a green stemSpotted Lanternfly Workshop

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ulster County

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Pest Management

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsWeed Identification and Management

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Pollinators

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

Swallow Tail Butterfly, yellow and black, feed ing off pink flowersCreating a Butterfly Garden

Monday, May 27, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Broome County

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Soil

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

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Technology as a Gardening Tool

Taking a picture of a field of flowers with a smart phoneUsing Your Cell Phone as a Gardening Tool

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

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Vegetable Gardening

Assortment of heirloom vegetables on a blanket - tomatoes of various sizes, sizes colors and shapes, hote egg plants, a cucumber, a purple pepper, a pile of green beans, a few foot long beansGrowing History: Planning an Heirloom Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 11, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Delaware County

A cucurbit seedling showing the two cotyledons and the first true leaf just starting to unfold.Planting a Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 11, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

Pepper seedlings in tray of biodegradeable potsSeed Starting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensCaring for Your Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

A cluster of cherry tomatoes growing on a tomato plant wet with the morning dew.Family Food Gardens for Beginners

Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Pile of cucumbers, a red, yellow and green pepper, green onions, tomatoes, a bunch of parsley and a sprig of rosemaryHow Does Your Garden Grow Check-In

Thursday, June 11, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Weeds

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsWeed Identification and Management

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state.

Click on the topic to see what classes are being offered.

Container Gardening

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Composting Classes

Full Wooden Compost BinComposting Ins and Outs

Monday, May 4, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Delaware County

Three large compost bins, one made of wire fencing and two made of palletsComposting

Friday, May 8, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

Pile of kitchen scraps, mostly peels of various fruits and vegetables, spead out on top of a compost pileHome Composting

Monday, May 11, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

 

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Edible Landscaping

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensEdible Landscaping

Monday, May 4, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

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Fruit

Two ripe red raspberries and an unripe green raspberry growing on a raspberry plantFruit 101: Growing the Big Three!
Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries

Monday, May 4, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Steuben County

Quince Tree with two large green quince fruit - almost apple like in shapeFruit 102: Growing Unusual Fruits: An Introduction to Unfamiliar Fruits

Monday, May 11, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Steuben County

Two small light green fruits (pawpaws) growing of a branchGrowing Unusual Fruits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Gardens of the Hudson Valley

End of a branch of a blooming magnoloa tree with large pink floweresLunch in the Garden Series: Gardens of the Hudson Valley

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Rensselaer County

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 Gardening with Kids

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

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Insects

Bumble bee on a pink flowerPlant a Pollinator Paradise

Saturdays, May 2 & 9, 2020
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Putnam County

Spotted Lanternfly adult on a green stemSpotted Lanternfly Workshop

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ulster County

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Green lacewing - green bodied bug with large net-like wings sitting on a flower with pink petals and a yellow centerAll About Bugs: pollinators and more!

Thursday, May 28, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Invasive Species

Spotted Lanternfly adult on a green stemSpotted Lanternfly Workshop

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ulster County

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Native Plants

Small Tree covered with Pink FlowersUsing Native Plants in the Landscape

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Nassau County

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No-Till Gardening

Plants sprouting out of straw baleStraw Bale Gardening

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Delaware County

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Pest Management

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsNatural Weed Control

Monday, May 4, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

Yellow beetle with black spotsPest and Disease Management

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Squash bug adult laying eggsGarden Pests

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Pollinators

Bumble bee on a pink flowerPlant a Pollinator Paradise

Saturdays, May 2 & 9, 2020
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Putnam County

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
Jefferson County

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Soil

Plants sprouting out of straw baleStraw Bale Gardening

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Delaware County

A garden trowel stuck in the the soil of a raised garden bedAll the Dirt on Soil

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

Two hands holding finished compostBuilding Soil and Composting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Technology as a Gardening Tool

Taking a picture of a field of flowers with a smart phoneUsing Your Cell Phone as a Gardening Tool

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Orange County

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Ticks

Blacklegged Tick Don’t Get Ticked NY

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

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Vegetable Gardening Classes

A hand holding a pencil over a piece of blank papaerPlanning your Garden

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

Plants sprouting out of straw baleStraw Bale Gardening

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Delaware County

Wicker basket full of lettuce, tomaotes, peppers, beets, turnips,onions and a sprig of mintVictory Garden 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tioga County

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Basket over flowing with vegetables - tomatoes, carrots, peppers, broccoliGrowing Vegetables and Small Fruits

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Oneida County

A cucurbit seedling showing the two cotyledons and the first true leaf just starting to unfold.Planting a Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 11, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

Pepper seedlings in tray of biodegradeable potsSeed Starting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County

A small child in a jean shirt, teal skirt and bright yellow rain boots put seeds in the groundSeed Starting and Container Gardening with Kids

Thursday, May 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

A cluster of cherry tomatoes growing on a tomato plant wet with the morning dew.Family Food Gardens for Beginners

Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Warren County

Green lacewing - green bodied bug with large net-like wings sitting on a flower with pink petals and a yellow centerHow Does Your Garden Grow Check-In

Thursday, June 11, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Weeds

A hand how and a gloved hand pulling weedsNatural Weed Control

Monday, May 4, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

A pair of gloved hands holding some freshly picked weedsGarden Weeds

Thursday, May 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Madison County

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Upcoming Events: Online Gardening Classes

Looking for an online gardening class?

Check out these classes being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extensions around the state. 

Click on the topic to see what classes are being offered.

Container Gardening

Six heads of large heads of green and red lettuce growing in a raised garden bedGrowing Edibles in Containers

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A cluster of cherry tomatoes growing on a tomato plant wet with the morning dew.Crops in Pots – Growing Vegetables in Containers

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Rockland County

A short wooden tub set next to a tree overflowing with plants: a tall grass with red leaves, a bright green plant with white veins and a dark purple plant spilling over the edge.Creative Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Composting Classes

Two hands holding finished compostMagic Compost

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Suffolk County

Pile of kitchen scraps, mostly peels of various fruits and vegetables, spead out on top of a compost pileComposting Basics

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Oneida County

Three large compost bins, one made of wire fencing and two made of palletsComposting

Friday, May 8, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

Full Wooden Compost BinHome Composting

Monday, May 11, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

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Cut Flowers

A garden patch of magenta, orange and yellow zinniasGrowing Cut Flowers

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Edible Landscaping

A vegetable garden with a combination of cabbage surrounded by small yellow and orange flowers and dark purple leafy greensEdible Landscaping

Monday, May 4, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

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Fruit

Two small light green fruits (pawpaws) growing of a branchGrowing Unusual Fruits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Native Plants

Swamp Milkweed - Lots of small pink flowersNative Plants

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Rockland County

Small Tree covered with Pink FlowersUsing Native Plants in the Landscape

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Nassau County

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No-Till Gardening

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Pest Management

Yellow beetle with black spotsGarden Pest and Disease Management

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Lewis County

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Pollinators

A butterfly on a pink zinniaAttracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

Bumble bee on a pink flowerPlant a Pollinator Paradise

Saturdays, May 2 & 9, 2020
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Putnam County

Close-up of a leaf cutting bee on a yellow flowerPollinator Gardens

Monday, May 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jefferson County

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Pruning

Turquoise handled pruning shears surrounded by flower petalsPruning Shrubs

Monday, April 27, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Soil

A garden trowel stuck in the the soil of a raised garden bedAll the Dirt on Soil

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

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Ticks

Blacklegged Tick Don’t Get Ticked NY

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

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Vegetable Gardening Classes

Six heads of large heads of green and red lettuce growing in a raised garden bedGrowing Edibles in Containers

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Broome County

A cluster of cherry tomatoes growing on a tomato plant wet with the morning dew.Crops in Pots – Growing Vegetables in Containers

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Rockland County

A hand holding bunch of freshly picked radishes Three Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

Pile of cucumbers, a red, yellow and green pepper, green onions, tomatoes, a bunch of parsley and a sprig of rosemaryVegetable Gardening

Friday, May 1, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady County

Wicker basket full of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, beets, turnips,onions and a sprig of mintVegetable Gardening 101

Saturday, May 2, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Light purple clover flower against a background of green leavesNo-Till Gardening Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County

Basket over flowing with vegetables - tomatoes, carrots, peppers, broccoliGrowing Vegetables and Small Fruits

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Oneida County

A cucurbit seedling showing the two cotyledons and the first true leaf just starting to unfold.Planting a Vegetable Garden

Monday, May 11, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chemung County

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Wildlife Management

A baby deer (fawn) munching on a clover in a lawnWildlife Management

Thursday, April 30, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Rockland County

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What’s in Bloom? – April 2020

Even though most of the trees are still bare and must of us awoke to snow on the ground this weekend, spring has arrived and with it are some of the most beautiful blooms of the year.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Pink and purple hyacinth flowers
Hyacinthus orientalis
Clump of white daffodils with bright orange centers and yellow daffodils
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.)

The crocuses have all but faded, but the daffodils continue to bloom, brightening up the drab landscape with their cheery yellows and oranges.   They have recently been joined by the hyacinths.  With their overpowering fragrance, these flowers add to springs color palette with their cool colors of pink and purple.

Grape Hyacinth - cones of tightly packed purple flowers

You may have noticed some small purple flowers known as grape hyacinths.   Not a true hyacinth,  the inflorescence of this flower is a cone of small purple flowers that almost looks like a miniature clump of grapes.

White daffodiles with bright yellow center
Daffodil ‘Ice Follies‘

If you want to bring some spring cheer inside (highly recommended), it is best to give daffodils their own vase as their stems secrete a substance that is harmful to other flowers.

 

Spring Ephemerals

White and purple flowers growing out of a patch of soil
A mixture of the white spring ephemeral bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and the purple spring bulb green anemone (Anemone blanda).
Clump of small flowers with five purple petals a light yellow center
Hepatica nobilis

One of the great joys of spring is the appearance of spring ephemerals.  These native plants grow in wooded areas and only have a short time to flower before the trees above them leaf out and block their sunlight.  When you are walking through wooded areas in the spring, make sure you watch your feet or might step on the delicate flowers of the bloodroot or the hepatica.

Other Spring Blooms

Clusters of cascading pink flowers
Andromeda (Pieris japonica)
Small purple and magenta flowers in a mass of green leaves with white spots
Lungwort (Pulmaria spp.)

From the showy flowers of the andromeda bush to the subtle flowers of the lungwort, the more time you spend out side the more flowers you’ll notice.

Weeds – It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Dandelion with a bright yellow flower growing in the crack between two pavers
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Many spring flowering plants are considered weeds.  You may think that dandelion in your lawn is unsightly, but the bees beg to differ.  Dandelions are an important source of pollen and nectar for bees in the early spring as are other spring flowering ‘weeds’ like purple deadnettle and henbit.

What about Fungus?

Bright orange sphere with orange tentecales attached to the needles of an evergreen tree
Cedar-Apple Rust Gall (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae)

Now fungi aren’t plants, so they don’t have flowers, but they can add color to the landscape.  In the spring cedar-apple rust galls that overwintered on juniper become more noticeable as they produce gelatinous tendrils that release spores  into the air.  Some of these spores will find their way to apple trees where they can cause problems by infecting the leaves and the fruit of the tree.


Happy Spring!

Spring bouquet of bright yellow daffodils and forsythia, purple grape hyacunth, white andromeda, and buds of a pink cherry treeThanks to all of the Master Gardener Volunteers who provided their thoughts and photos for this post!

Need a Spot to Garden? Join a Community Garden!

by Keith Riddick, Middletown Master Gardener Volunteer

Just Plant It, NY! Food Gardeing for all. Boost Morale & Food Supply with a Garden! gardening.cals.cornell.edu / Cornell Garden Based Learning Logo / Master Gardener Cornell Cooperative Extesnion LogoWith all the uncertainty in the world right now, many people have turned to gardening as a  way of growing their own food as  well as a way to cope with stress and anxiety.   This isn’t the first time that people have turned to gardening during a time of societal upheaval.  Most of us weren’t around, but many families started their own gardens during World War II.  Back then, they were called Victory Gardens.  Food and money were short during the war years, and fresh fruits and vegetables were sometimes hard to come by.   Victory gardens gave people more control over their access to fresh produce and allowed more food to be sent to the troops that were keeping our country free.

A garden trowel stuck in the the soil of a raised garden bedWait! Isn’t gardening a lot of work? It can be, but doesn’t have to be. If you are starting a garden from scratch, it will involve work to prepare the soil (removing sod, large rocks and testing the soil for fertility).  However, if you want a garden bed already prepared for you, consider renting a garden bed at a local community garden.  There are several community gardens located throughout the Orange County with raised beds full of soil and ready for planting.  Chances are there is one not too far from where you live!  There is a short list of community gardens at the end of this article, but there are many more located throughout the county.

During this time, community gardens are taking precautions that allow members to safely grow food.   Although community gardens usually have communal garden tools, at the moment, you should bring your own tools.  Other considerations include limiting the number of people in the garden at one time and finding safe ways to water your garden plot with the communal water source.  When you join a community garden, make sure you are aware of and follow all the rules set in place to keep you and your fellow gardeners safe.

Another perk of community gardens are community plots, like an herb garden, for all to share.  Many also have compost bins for recycling organic material like vines, stems and leaves leftover after you have harvested the edible part of a plant.  This debris decomposes and is then returned to the garden beds as a type of fertilizer.

Pile of cucumbers, a red, yellow and green pepper, green onions, tomatoes, a bunch of parsley and a sprig of rosemaryMaybe a community garden isn’t right for you at this time and you don’t have any space in your yard either.  In that case, you can grow vegetables in containers.  Whether you put them on your patio, your deck, or even your balcony, as long as the plants get enough sun and water you should have a bountiful harvest.  You just can’t beat the terrific taste of fresh produce picked straight from the garden, so grow a garden this summer!

Community Gardens in Orange County New York

Blooming Grove Community Garden

Location: 6 Old Dominion Road
Blooming Grove, NY 10914

Cost: $25 per plot

Contact: Joseph Sciortino
(845) 774-9993
jsciortino49@gmail.com

Middletown Community Garden

Location: David Moore Heights Apartment Complex (off of Genung Street)

Cost: $20 for 4 ft x 16 ft plot
$10 for residents of David More Heights or Summitfield)

Contact: Jackie Hale
(845) 343-1168
jackie@middletownhousing.org

Montgomery CAC Community Garden

Location: Benedict Park
Rte 17K
(one mile west of the village of Montgomery, NY)

Cost: $25 for 20 ft x 20 ft plot

Contact: Richard Phelps
rlphelps@frontiernet.net

Newburgh Armory Unity Center Community Garden

Location: Newburgh Armory Unity Center
321 South William Street
Newburgh, NY 12550

Cost: $20 for 4 ft x 10 ft plot
$40 for 4 ft x 40 ft plot

Contact: Lisa Rittweger
(845) 978-8845
lrittweger@newburgharmory.org

Warwick Community Garden and Orchard

Location: Warwick Valley Community Center
11 Hamilton Avenue
Warwick, NY 10990

Cost: $35 per year (includes garden and orchard)
There are no individual plots.  All members work together to plant, maintain, and harvest the entire garden.

Contact: Kelly Collins
(845) 978-8845
colli642@gmail.com