We started Edible Gardening CNY to encourage people to grow food in their own backyards, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and maybe even sprouts and mushrooms.

In 2015, we'll focus on helping new people learn how to grow some of their own food. Instead of monthly meetings on a variety of topics, we will be making presentations at some of the local libraries on topics of interest to people considering starting a garden. This webpage will provide information on what, where and when those presentations will take place.

Visit John's CNY garden online

Our Edible Garden has lots of photos of John's garden, lots of information about how and what he grows, and links to more resources and videos about each topic.

You can also visit John's gardening blog.

If you want to be on our email list to be notified of upcoming presentations and events (generally about one email a month, sometimes two), send your name and email address to ediblecny@gmail.com.

Spring/Summer 2015 presentations

Starting Seeds and Seedlings - DeWitt Library (Shoppingtown) - Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm

Starting Seeds and Seedlings - Petit Branch Library (105 Victoria Pl. Syracuse) - Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 pm

Dealing with Garden Pest - Cazenovia Garden Club [Open to the public] (American Legion, 28 Chenango Street, Cazenovia) - Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00 pm noon

Planning Your Garden - DeWitt Library (Shoppingtown) - Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm

Dealing with Garden Pests - Cicero Library (8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero) - Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Preservation and Storage - Cicero Library (8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero) - Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 am

Maintaining Soil Fertility - DeWitt Library (Shoppingtown ) - Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm

Dealing with Garden Pests - DeWitt Library (Shoppingtown ) - Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm

Preservation and Storage - DeWitt Library (Shoppingtown ) - Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm

Preservation and Storage - Petit Branch Library (105 Victoria Pl. Syracuse ) - Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm

Descriptions of the programs

Starting Seeds and Seedlings

This session will cover how to start seeds indoors for those who would like to grow their own seedlings. It will also cover starting seeds outdoors in the garden and transplanting seedlings. When to plant, how to plant, and spacing will be included.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Reasons to garden. Preparing (or making) your garden beds. Selecting what to grow. Cool weather, warm weather plants. When and where to plant. Tools for gardening.

How to Maintain Fertile Soil

The topics will include types of soil, what is the function of the soil, what makes a fertile soil. Fertilizers. Compost and how to make/obtain compost.

Controlling Garden Pests

Nice vegetables and fruits invite creatures that want to eat them, including some very tiny ones. How to deal with groundhogs, deer and rabbits. How to reduce insect damage, particularly squash vine borers and cucumber beetles.

Storing and Preserving Garden Produce

How to keep some of your garden produce (or what you have bought from farmers) to use during the rest of the year. Freezing, canning, dehydrating, storing.


Contact John at ediblecny@gmail.com.