Help increase populations of native bees in your yard and garden with a handmade bee hotel! Native solitary bees, like mason bees and leafcutter bees, are gentle, easy to raise, and are as important for pollinating as honey bees.
Jacob Johnston from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology will give a presentation on the life cycle of these fascinating native insects and show you how to make a bee hotel to attract them to your garden. Materials will be provided for participants to make bee hotels to take home.
Start planning your edible food forest this fall! Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will demonstrate techniques for propagating edible tree species, such as stratifying seeds of a variety of fruit and nut trees and striking cuttings from fruit bushes. Ripe paw paws from Cornell's orchard will be available to taste and participants will be able to take home seeds and cuttings as well. - See more at: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2015/10/13/fall-propagation-of-fruit-and-nut-trees#sthash.tNXQljcG.dpuf
Growing vegetables and herbs in containers is a great way to get started with gardening! Container gardens need little care other than watering, and most herbs and vegetables can be grown in pots and planters, even root crops like potatoes, carrots and onions. Many items can be upcycled for planters, including old watering cans, rubber boots, handbags, and anything else that holds soil! Bring your own creative container to this class and you will go home with it planted. - See more at: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2015/05/26/creative-container-gardening#sthash.A1j6mnfg.dpuf