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Fig Pruning

Fig Pruning Except in Zones 7 and 8, it is best to prune figs to a low-growing bush form with a single trunk base of 8" to 12" from the ground.  To produce a bush, cut back aggressively for the first several years. This will make harvesting...

Fruit Tree Pruning & Thinning

Pruning and Thinning  We can not stress enough the importance of regular, annual, aggressive pruning. It is essential to maintain the ongoing vigor of the tree and to maximize the production of fruit.  First year pruning sets the eventual shape of the tree. If your tree is...

Pot in Pot Trees

[huge_it_slider id="2"] Over the last several years, tree growers have moved production of ornamental trees away from traditional balled and burlap digging and into container grown trees known as “pot in pot" production. The way it works, an auger is used to dig holes in the nurseries growing range...

Snow— Mulch From Heaven

This winter has already provided the Northeast US with a blanket of snow— though much of its melted by now, as February started us off with 50+ degree days. Some gardeners may be concerned or just plain curious about how snow effects the plants in...

Organic Terraces and Sustainable Balconies

  Zachary Turck, Horticulture Instructor Going organic is not just for farmers and health food junkies—it’s a choice many environmentally-conscious home gardeners make. Maybe your own consciousness is growing, and you’re wondering how you can wean your patch of greenery off of its chemical dependency. So what...

Choosing to Go Organic in Your Garden

by Zachary Turck, Horticultural Therapist and Instructor Yes, the word “Organic” has become trendy, but it is far from a new method of  gardening. “Conventional” gardening, which would more appropriately be called chemical gardening, is actually the modern adaptation. Organic gardening can be described as gardening...

7 Underrated Northeast Natives

Zachary Turck, Horticultural Therapist & Instructor If you've been involved in any conversations around the subjects of environmental conservation, eco-friendly gardening, sustainable gardening, or the like-- you've probably heard the buzz about native plants. You might have even heard stories of people ripping out plants they've...

Pruning Fig Trees

Except in Zones 7 and 8, it is best to prune figs to a low-growing bush form with a single trunk base of 8" to 12" from the ground.  To produce a bush, cut back aggressively for the first several years. This will make harvesting...

Pot-In-Pot Trees

Over the last several years, tree growers have moved production of ornamental trees away from traditional balled and burlap digging and into container grown trees known as “pot in pot" production. The way it works, an auger is used to dig holes in the nurseries...

Why You Should Be Gardening

Zachary Turck, Horticultural Therapist & Instructor You've stopped to smell the roses at your local community garden. You've been enticed by the vivacious produce on display at the farmer's market. Now you’re eyeing that space you have that would be just perfect for a flower box or some herb pots. But you hesitate...