- BREEZIE MAPLES FARM: Maple syrup, maple syrup products.
- CORDWOOD ACRES: Vegetables, eggs, handmade soaps, fresh cut flowers; taking requests for fresh rabbit and orders for naturally-raised turkeys for Thanksgiving.
- ENVIRO-ENERGY: Natural grass pellets for fuel, soil conditioner & mulch; kiln dried pine pellets for animal bedding and cat litter. Barley pellets to control algae growth in ponds.
- FIELD OF FLOWERS: Farm-raised tilapia. Handmade: goats’ milk soaps and lotions, beeswax candles and soy candles.
- FISH HOLLOW FARM: Felted wool jewelry, purses, hand-dyed knitting wool, and crafts from farm-raised flock; felted washcloth pouches of goats’ milk soap.
- FOKISH: Organic, flat, round and long breads and rolls; sourdough.
- HARPURSFIELD GARDEN CENTER: Tools, annuals, perennials.
- KARIN BOWKER: Hand-crafted household accessories.
- LILAC HILL FARM: Special – Felting Show & Tell. Wet felting beads to make. Coverlets, socks, knitting worsted from farm-raised flock; hand-felted cards and jewelry; antique linen pillow slips. Blueberries.
- LOULOU’S FARMSTEAD: Plants: Herbs–100 varieties; Flowers-perennials, annuals; Vegetables-heirloom tomatoes, peppers.
- NATURALLY SPEAKING: Organic produce. Blueberries, squash, onions, potatoes, lettuce.
- NECTAR HILL FARM: Grass-fed on organic pastures: lamb, beef, pork. Honey, goat and cow cheese.
- SHERMAN HILL FARMSTEAD: Artisanal goat and cow cheeses; gluten-free baked goods, freshly made jams, garlic scape pesto; goats’ milk soap made with our goats’ milk.
- STONY CREEK FARM: Organic eggs, fresh produce, broiler chicken, ground beef, ground lamb.
- TWO-TON FARM: Organically grown heirloom vegetables; shiitake mushrooms; pies are always a possibility; hand-forged implements and hooks and surprise freebies!
- WALLYWOOD SHOP: Handcrafted cutting boards using local hardwoods.
- WILD MOUNTAIN APIARY: Raw and heated wild flower and buckwheat honey; honey products.
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Nature has a way of always surprising us, and this year is no exception. We had a very warm winter with little snow. Snow is the best winter mulch there is, and if it arrives and stays on the ground throughout the cold months, it melts slowly into ground that never quite freezes. Excellent for most plants.
But not last winter! Some of you may find that a few varieties in your flower gardens have died. You did nothing wrong; they died from lack of protection and moisture. This year, spring (or rather summer) arrived in March. All plants responded to the unusual warmth, and then the temperature plummeted to 12 degrees above zero. Twice. This killed or damaged more plants. And then it was dry for weeks. More damage and death. How can we deal with this?
First, we need to expect more weird weather like this from now on, so make sure you buy plants that can take it. Any marginally hardy plant may not like all these swings. Any foliage that is variegated will be less tough than that same plant with ordinary green foliage. Stick with tough plants. There are lists of them on-line, in books and magazine articles.
Second, the USDA says we have warmed to zone 5 in our region, but don’t believe it unless you have a particularly lovely microclimate or live in a village that is not in a deep valley. We can still get to 25 below zero, and temperature isn’t the only condition that affects hardiness. Plants exposed to winter winds, especially north winds, can suffer. Lack of moisture when plants go dormant and the ground freezes can cause suffering, too, as well as too much rain on plants that need sharp drainage. Digitalis (Foxglove), Heuchera (Coral Bells), Dicentra exima and luxuriant (Summer blooming Bleeding Hearts) are just a few that need sharp drainage. Since most of us have clay soils around here, and clay holds moisture, I usually add a big handful of gravel to any planting hole below plants that need sharp drainage. Don’t get me wrong, clay has lots of nutrients. It just needs some help to make it possible for roots to penetrate it. And don’t add sand; it will create concrete when it dries.
Third, when some plants die in the garden, you get to rethink the arrangement and buy more. I had a client once whose husband said that the only thing he disliked about her hobby is that she was always changing things around. I laughed and told him it was what gardeners do. They find out about a new plant they want, so have to rearrange to accommodate the “newbie” Or somebody gives them a bunch of Iris, so the garden has to change. Or a plant has outgrown its spot, or one nearby is crowding, so somebody has to be moved. It’s what we all do; I do it at home myself. I think it’s fun and I just love buying new plants to learn about and enjoy. So think of the problems or holes in your garden as opportunities. Mourn the dead, but move on.
Thinking of good drainage and root growth brings another topic to mind. When planting shrubs and trees, dig wide planting holes. Written instructions provided with plants assume a lot, including what type of soil you are planting in. Since we have clay and rocks here (lots and lots of rocks), dig holes just to the depth of the rootball or pot, but three times the width of the rootball or container. Do not amend the soil with anything like peat moss because those plant roots will eventually hit the wall of the hole and will be better prepared by growing in local soils. Just remove any rocks bigger than your fist, add more soil if needed and plant. Add some rock phosphate, bone meal or even triple phosphate to the planting hole as you fill it in, but no other amendments, especially not nitrogen. Your tree or shrub needs to settle in and grow roots in the first year or two, not be pushed to produce more greenery.
Meanwhile, we are lucky that the early drought seems to have ended. I know rain and then sun and then rain is annoying, but would you want to live in New Mexico?? It is just warming up enough at night to put in tender plants like impatiens and basil, but go ahead. Fertilize well during the rest of the growing season, and most will catch up. Enjoy the beautiful shades of green all around us, and take the point of view of the plant. That alone will get you through.
We are the Responsible Associated Landowners of New York State. We are REAL NYS.
We are a newly formed association of landowners fighting back against the gas companies that say the majority of landowners in New York State want fracking. They’re claiming that owners representing over 77,000 acres of land are pro-fracking.
We believe we can top that number.
Please ask other landowners you know to visit http://realnys.com and register with us so that together we can stand up and be counted. All personal information will be kept private, and stored in a protected file offline. We will use our numbers to let politicians, the media, and the gas companies know that we stand together, united in our commitment to keep our lands frack free.
And please, spread the word. Help us change the conversation in New York by showing the world how much New York’s landowners love our land.
Responsible Associated Landowners of New York State
Plans for a wind farm in west Franklin are progressing, according to project manager Jeffrey Nemeth. In 2009 and 2010, Horizon Wind Energy erected two 198 foot meteoro- logical towers on properties off Russell Road and Herklotz Road. (Horizon is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDP Re- newables Company, headquartered in Spain.) Data from these towers show that winds in Franklin “are sufficient to support the development of a wind farm.”
Current plans include 28 towers 260 feet tall, with blades 130 feet long and a total generating capacity of 50.4 megawatts. They would be sited on the higher hill tops and close to the two power lines that run east/west through Franklin. The project is estimated to cost $100 million.
The Franklin Wind Farm is planned to be entirely within the drainage basin of the Susquehanna River and will not extend south into the watershed of the Cannons- ville Reservoir which stores water for New York City.
The company has signed leases for a third of the 150 acres required. Unlike the Constitution Pipeline Company, the Horizon Wind Energy will not be granted the power of eminent domain, and therefore all leases must be with willing landowners.
Construction of the Franklin Wind Farm is planned to start no earlier than 2015. This would follow construction of the Constitution Pipeline, which is planned for 2014. Fortunately, the areas of the two projects do not overlap. The wind farm would be sited south of State Route 357 on both sides of County Route 21, along the drainage divide between the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basins. In Franklin, the pipeline would be north of Route 357, along the divide between the Ouleout Creek and the Susque- hanna River.
Horizon plans to hold a public informational meeting, yet to be scheduled.
This project will need to go through the New York State Environmental Quality Review process. Back in 2007, the Town of Franklin passed local law 2007-1 to regulate wind energy facilities. However, Franklin has no local law to require bonding against damages to local roads. Instead, like Blanche DuBois, we “have always depended on the kindness of strangers” to reach an agreement. Horizon expects to negotiate such a road use agreement with county and town.