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As a kid, I would admire the peonies in my grandmother’s flower garden, not so much because I appreciated the beautiful blooms as the fact that peony buds were always covered with ants. more
Anyone who has ever tried to garden under or around a black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) has undoubtedly been frustrated. more
Volunteers with the Utica chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace will be hard at work all weekend long as they build beds for children in need during their second annual Mega Build event. more

For 33 years, Oneida has been dedicated to keeping its city green with a Tree City USA designation. more
New York state is banning natural gas stoves and furnaces in most new buildings, a policy that’s part of a national movement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. more
Credit card rewards help our family save money on groceries, gas and other necessities. more
Before eliminating all but your chosen cultivars this year, think about the role native plants have in the ecosystem. more
Trees are long-term investments that often outlive the people who plant them. more
You’re in your garden and notice a beautiful, new-to-you flower that has popped up somewhere unexpected — pull it or leave it? Or perhaps an unfamiliar garden pest has ravaged your tomato plants. more
Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 22, in Cazenovia will focus on all things green and cleanup projects. more
The Utica-chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and delivering beds to children in need, has announced its second annual Mega Build. more
Building a butterfly garden is a wonderful way to attract and support these beautiful creatures in your backyard. more
Since grocery store egg prices have gone up over the last few months, some people are looking into keeping backyard chicken coops for eggs and meat. See video in the article. more
Tick season isn’t just the spring and summer months. more
There was a time when the start of trout season was a big deal in Upstate New York. April 1 was just short of a legal holiday in some areas. Bait shops did a brisk business. more
As soon as the last pile of snow melts and the sunshine begins to show itself a bit more regularly, it will be time to make preparations for vegetable and flower gardening. more
So, you’re thinking of ways to make your backyard more attractive to birds so you can sit on your deck with your coffee early in the morning and watch them. more
Thousands of red-winged blackbirds and grackles made their way to the area. See a video in the article. more
We have a White-tailed deer problem. They will eat almost everything we plant in our gardens. more
As far away as it seems, as winter’s cold continues to linger, spring will eventually arrive. Early robins will usher the change and flocks of Canada geese noisily moving northward. more
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