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Archives for December 22, 2014

Growing Green: Last minute gifts for the constant gardener

 Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list?  There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present! Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird feeders, books and natural soaps and lotions. So, in honor of your gardening loved ones, here’s a list of suggestions for those of you still pondering that age old question, “what in the world am I going to give for Christmas?”

Article source: http://www.morrissuntribune.com/news/region/3630590-growing-green-last-minute-gifts-constant-gardener

Growing Green: Last minute gifts for the constant gardener

 Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list?  There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present! Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird feeders, books and natural soaps and lotions. So, in honor of your gardening loved ones, here’s a list of suggestions for those of you still pondering that age old question, “what in the world am I going to give for Christmas?”

Article source: http://www.morrissuntribune.com/news/region/3630590-growing-green-last-minute-gifts-constant-gardener

Winter landscaping

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am

Winter landscaping


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By Ray Ridlen

December is a good time to clean-up your yard. When doing so consider which plants are perennial and which are annual. A perennial is a plant you anticipate surviving the winter and returning in the spring. An annual is a plant you have enjoyed for a season but know it will not survive the winter. Perennials anchor our gardens while annuals give us temporary color and beauty.

We want to give our perennials every chance to make it through the winter. Cleaning debris out of garden areas will help control insect numbers. Annuals get assigned to the compost pile. Take a survey of your yard and see what is left. Some perennials disappear for the winter while others give us interest in the garden all year round. For those that die back such as hosta or canna we will want to work the ground around them and cover with mulch. Wait until after several early freezes or you will give insects a good place to winter.

On a nice day spade the fallow areas in your garden. Spading will break up compacted soil and exposes weeds to the winter cold. Cultivate empty beds and possibly create new ones getting them ready for spring. Turn the earth and leave it rough to let winter’s freezing and thawing improve the soil texture. Add compost and well-rotted manure. Hold off working beds, however, if the ground is soggy. Trying to work soggy soil will only compact it more.

Dead foliage on many perennials can be left to help protect from winters cold. The heads of many plants provide food for birds as well as protection for the plant. Apply winter mulch to protect rose bush bud unions and other perennials. Mulching really helps your perennials during the winter and continues into the summer. In the summer mulch reduces soil temperatures. In the winter it keeps roots, bulbs and tubers warm. In all seasons mulch reduces evaporation from the soil surface. Mulch also adds ascetics to your yard.

Make sure to water all plants during dry spells in winter months. One inch of snow equal about one-tenth inch of water. Watering before anticipated hard freezes, protects your plants for extreme cold.

If you use glyphosate herbicide to take care of winter weeds in your lawn, be sure to do that on a calm day and protect your evergreen perennials as you apply. Light pruning of evergreens can be used for holiday decorations. Wait until January or February for most pruning. Make sure you know which of your shrubs bloom on old growth and which bloom on new growth. Don’t cut back shrubs that bloom on old growth. Wait until after they bloom to prune.

Know your plants. Evaluate which perennials were happy and which ones struggled. Then decide why. If a perennial needs to be moved, a good time to move it is while it is dormant. Winter is a good time to evaluate the landscape and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Consider what hardscapes might add to the landscapes.

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Article source: http://www.hpj.com/horticulture/article_fd76072d-5b84-5a19-be54-d85c341afb0d.html

Gary Richard Stevens – Glens Falls Post

QUEENSBURY — Gary Richard Stevens, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Gary was born in Glens Falls in 1938. He was the eldest of two children and graduated from South Glens Falls High School in 1956.

In 1961, he married Gail Lavine and moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they resided for 49 years and raised three children. While in Mobile, Gary worked for Pak-A-Sak, 7-Eleven, Southland Corp. and Tri-State Retail Auditing, which led to the purchase, co-ownership and operation of Argiro’s By The Bay, until he retired.

Gary was in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, serving as an E-4 specialist/personnel specialist, stationed in Fort Ord, California, with the Sixth U.S. Army Head Quarter Company USAG.

While living on the Gulf Coast, Gary had many interests, including boating, fishing and water skiing, which he enjoyed with his family. He had a special passion for music, especially playing the organ and attending musicals and concerts. This past summer, he hosted two musicians participating in the annual Lake George Musical Festival. Gary was an avid reader. Later in life, he enjoyed quilling with his mother and making jewelry and centerpieces, but his greatest passion was landscaping and gardening.

In 2007, Gary and his wife, Gail, moved back to New York for retirement. Gary made many friends throughout his life and sincerely believed “today’s strangers are tomorrow’s friends.”

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Gail; and his parents, Raymond and Geraldine Stevens. Recently, he made a memorial garden in memory of his wife and parents.

He is survived by his three children, Ginelle (Christopher) Jones, Gavin (Maureen) Stevens and Gordon (Rhonda) Stevens; four grandchildren, Raymond Jones, Kathryn Stevens, Shelby Stevens and Wesley Stevens; a sister, Donna Costa; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held Friday, Dec. 19, at the Chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, and was followed by burial at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a random act of kindness on behalf of Gary or donations to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, c/o Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park St. Glens Falls, NY 12801.

The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Sponzo, Patty Godnick and all the staff at the Cancer Center for providing excellent care and support.

Arrangements are under the care of Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.

For those who wish, online condolences can be made to the family by visiting sbfuneralhome.com.

Article source: http://poststar.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/gary-richard-stevens/article_9f4f5080-88c2-11e4-98b6-f3b89035d393.html

More affordable housing Sandy relief on way

CITY CENTER PROJECT

Artists rendering of the Pleasantville City Center housing project. The two new buildings, scheduled to be completed in May, will have a combined 135 homes and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

CITY CENTER PROJECT

Artists rendering of the Pleasantville City Center housing project, Tuesday Sept. 30, 3014. The two new buildings, scheduled to be completed in May 2015, will house 135 residential units and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

CITY CENTER PROJECT

Construction continues on the Pleasantville City Center housing project, Tuesday Sept. 30, 3014. The two new buildings, scheduled to be completed in May 2015, will house 135 residential units and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

CITY CENTER PROJECT

Construction continues on the Pleasantville City Center housing project Sept. 30.



Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:23 am

More affordable housing Sandy relief on way

By Michelle Brunetti Post
Staff Writer

The Press of Atlantic City


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the federal government put together a disaster relief program that included about $600 million for increasing multi-family housing in areas of New Jersey hit by Sandy.

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