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Gardening Best Practices

Native Plants in your garden

Native plants are the best choices for Long Island gardeners. Not only are they vigorous and attractive, but native plants support our pollinators. Discover the increasing array of handsome native plants that can you can incorporate in your landscape.

Gardening with Deer

There are beautiful plants deer don’t like to eat! Incorporate these perennials, annuals and shrubs in your landscape to create an attractive yard with three seasons of bloom. Also learn about physical and scent strategies to reduce deer browsing in your yard.

The Magic of Compost

Compost is a residential win-win for increasing soil health and for reducing the volume of waste headed to a municipal landfill. Learn 4 different types of composting methods in this workshop, including outside and indoor composting, aerobic and anaerobic techniques, worm and lasagna approaches.

The Art of Saving Seeds

Learn how to process seeds for successful planting next year. This hands-on demonstration of seed saving focuses on heirloom varieties and the importance of these historically popular plants, including the tasty Long Island Cheese Pumpkin. Proper labeling and storage methods will be discussed.

Fifty Shades of Green Lawn

Learn how to make your lawn an environmentally friendly green space with strategies for maintaining a healthy and attractive landscape. New grass types, watering and organic amendments will be explored. Suitable groundcovers and other plantings will be introduced as complements and alternatives to grass.

The Secrets of Soil

Soil is the underlying secret of garden success. Explore what your vegetables, flowers and shrubs need for healthy growth. Discover how to grow more productive ornamental and edible plants in your landscape.Learn what improves soil structure, fertility and water retention. Get ready to get your hands dirty.

Landscape Troubleshooting

Become a plant detective! Follow the lead of the Cornell Diagnostic Lab staff in discovering how a picture from your yard tells a story about disease, pests or horticulture practices that could interfere with growth. Learn how to identify what’s up with your plants. This fun and informative presentation includes a question and-answer session with a plant expert who will help you solve some of your own landscape issues. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Winter Seed Sowing

Winter is the time to start seeding, but NOT indoors. Learn how to successfully start seeds OUTSIDE in the winter. No greenhouse needed. Winter sowing techniques outside are easier than the windowsill or with light lamps in the basement.

Drip Irrigation is Ideal

Whether you’re growing flowers or food, drip irrigation is the most effective way to water garden beds. Learn how to design and install a drip irrigation system that’s right for you, starting with understanding the flow of water from your supply to your plants. Leave with basic knowledge of how to design and install it yourself, and with enough knowledge to oversee installation by a contractor.


Roxanne Zimmer
Community Horticulture Specialist
631-727-7850 x 225

Last updated April 6, 2020