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Are Jumping Worms Hiding in Your Mulch?

Mulch could be one of the major ways that jumping worms are being spread. If you buy mulch in the spring, remember that you won’t know if it has jumping worms until later that summer as they develop from cocoons to adult worms. Consider covering your mulch pile with clear plastic to solarize and kill the worms and their cocoons at temperatures above 104 degrees for at least 3 days. Timothy McCay, a professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Colgate University, recently spoke to the Hamilton Garden club about jumping worms. We are used to seeing earthworms from Europe. Jumping worms are from Asia and are causing problems because they rapidly eat their way through organic matter. In the forest, they...

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Giving Your Apple Tree a New Haircut - Pruning

February and March are the best times to prune apple and pear trees. It’s important to remember that they produce fruit on 2 to 3-year-old wood. The tree should have enough open spaces to throw a basketball through! Wow, so don’t be afraid to prune. Golden Delicious is a good variety to include because it fertilizes all other apple trees. Pruning will help avoid disease and will make your trees more productive. And it's fun - like giving your tree a new haircut! Advice from the experts is below. Cornell Fruit Website                                                          Cornell Guide...

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What is NOFA?

"What is NOFA?" NOFA stands for Northeast Organic Farming Alliance. It is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting healthy food, organic farming practices, and a cleaner environment. NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NOFA-NY is the New York chapter. They provide educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers, and land care professionals.The Natural Farmer, the quarterly newspaper of the NOFA Interstate Council, publishes features on organic farming techniques, certification issues, environmental developments as they impact farmers and growers, organic market conditions and other topics of interest to the Northeast organic community. Another valuable service offered is NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, accredited by the USDA National Organic...

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