Easy does it: Herb planting in containers

Memorial Day weekend is when most gardeners are in their “ready, set, go” phase. The plants are purchased, the gardens are tilled and everything is ready to be planted.

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Picking perfect plants means knowing the space


Brian Hallett in the main greenhouse at Halletts' Florist and Greenhouse, Adams. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

Look out any window and it’s hard to believe another gardening season has begun in Northern New York. We believe that no matter how our garden turned out last year this will be the year to have the garden of our dreams. As you head to your favorite local garden center, farmers market or road-side stand, think about the amount of sunlight that your intended planting site receives. This is the single most important factor to consider when choosing flowering annual or perennial plants.

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Five Things Friday: Five things to do in NNY this weekend

Each Friday NNY Living brings you five things to do in Northern New York this weekend. Check back every Friday for five sights to see, events to attend or local businesses to visit every weekend.

1.) Shop, and eat, local. This weekend marks the opening of several local markets throughout the area.  A few markets opened as early as last week. No matter where you live, in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties, there’s a market close to you so buying fresh, homegrown fruits vegetables, herbs, whatever you’re looking for, is easier than ever. Skip the supermarket this weekend and see what your neighboring farms and gardens have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of markets here. Looking for a new recipe to try with the goods you bought? We’ve got that, too.

2.) Escape to the Cape. The  forecast for this weekend calls for lots of sun and temperatures in the 80s. Head straight to the river for “Escape to the Cape” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cape Vincent Recreation Park, 602 S. James St. Local, state and Ontario businesses and organizations will be present for this free event.

3.) Get out on the water. This Friday through Sunday is Old Forge’s annual Adirondack Paddlefest. From kayaking to canoeing and paddle boarding, this event has it all. Billed as the largest on-water canoe and kayak sale, hundreds of people descend on Old Forge to see what’s new, and on sale, in the world of paddling. Pick up a new kayak, strap it to the roof and be out paddling Lake Ontario with the family before the weekend’s over. Don’t forget to pick up a personal floatation device, too. Click here for more information.

4.) Ready to rock? The Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund is sponsoring a night with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes tonight starting at 7:30 p.m at the Clayton Opera House. Emerging from the same New Jersey shore music scene as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes blend soulful guitar and classic rock. It’s not too late to call and reserve tickets at the box office. Call 686-2200. Tickets are $35 general admission. Click here for more information.

5.) Pick your perennials. Well, you’re annuals, too. The Mother’s Day rush is over at local garden centers and greenhouses, so there’s no better time to go pick out your flowers, shrubs and trees to spice up your landscaping. Also this weekend are several perennial sales sponsored by local churches and garden clubs. Just to name a few, the Adams United Methodist Church is having a perennial sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 37 E. Church St. The Henderson Garden Club will have its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Fire Hall, 8939 Route 178.  Once you’ve finished selecting, pick up a copy of our newest issue, out next week, for some gardening tips that will ensure you have the best flower beds on the block.

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