Chittenden County, Vermont

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acquiring rootstock for planting

Can i acquire rootstock from uvm extension for planting in my yard in Burlington?

Chittenden County VT over 7 years ago

Low-maintenance rain gardens on Lake Champlain

Hello, I live on Colchester Point Road. To allow our private paved road to drain runoff, ditching (a very shallow V) was performed for about 100 meters on the non-lake side of the road.The slope of the ditch/road is quite shallow. There is a big tree stump remaining in the middle of the ditch, which goes around it. The ditch drains the road and grassy slopes. There is a catch basin at the end, which drains into another basin under our driveway and then through a small culvert pretty directly to the lake, coming out about 120 feet away at the top of our stone wall above our beach. What could we plant in the ditch along that road that would absorb as much pollution/nitrogen/phosphorus as possible and still be low growing (not tall) and require little or no maintenance? The water comes out at a metal grill at the top of our wall (rock slope) above our beach. The stones range from enormous to small. What could we plant there on/among the rocks that would absorb additional nutrients and pollution from the culvert but not break up the rocks protecting our back yard? We are not opposed to tall grasses or bushes at that point on the wall. Again, low maintenance is a priority! A second question (separate from the ditch culvert): Should we plant something all along the edge of the rock slope or among the rocks to protect the lake anyway? We don't use chemicals or fertilizers for gardening, except for compost. Thanks! Note: On attached photo CULVERTEXIT, the culvert empties into a bowl of rocks at center Rt of photo. Sue

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Chittenden County VT almost 5 years ago

How short should grass be cut

Our lawn is conservation mix. What is the best height to cut the grass in Spring, Summer and Fall? Thank you, Fred Hodgdon


Chittenden County VT about 4 years ago

canola meal and glucosinolates in chicken flesh and eggs

I'm wondering whether glucosinolates and erucic acid from canola meal are found in chicken flesh and eggs when canola meal is part of the chickens' diet.


Chittenden County VT about 7 years ago

I have a couple of Farm Energy CoP projects that are close to the end, where...

I have a couple of Farm Energy CoP projects that are close to the end, where collaborators have used eXtension for building their library of resources. 1. To the question “Will the materials remain on, available to the public, for a set number of years?”, is this response about resources on target from what you know of eXtension’s future? : The eXtension website will continue to exist for the foreseeable future with the CenUSA Library intact. The fine print - the only exception I can imagine relates to maintaining a standard of relevance for resources - if content becomes unused, then you might see it unpublished. There was a drive a couple of years ago to unpublish content that was not being used by the public (avg of


Chittenden County VT over 3 years ago

Cracked trunks

Hi. I have a red and a sugar maple in my front yard. One is around 15 years old and another is 20 years old. This spring I have noticed that both of their trunks have a large crack up a good portion of each one. I am worried that my trees might die. What could have caused this?


Chittenden County VT about 2 years ago

What is this hornet/wasp?

Please help me to identify the hornets/wasps - some came into the house on Wednesday. There are currently about 20 flying around some of our eastern facing windows. I’ve killed at least 40 so far. AND, my husband is severely allergic to their stings! I can’t see their nest. I don’t know exactly how they are getting into the house. They are 1 1/4” to 1 3/4” long. I’ve had the pest elimination people here this morning, who say that spraying powder on an area where I can see them flying in and out (a second floor roofline junction) will just drive them further into the house. I’ve had a home builder here who said that it might involve opening up the soffit of the house to try to remove the nest- that we can’t see. It seems if I knew the exact species of this insect that it would help me to understand them, what to expect and what to do. Thank you in advance for your help.



Chittenden County VT almost 2 years ago

Birds in the sweet corn

Hi, we have a small farm in Chittenden County with a farm stand where we sell our sweet corn. The birds are destroying the crops and we don't know what to do? Please help.


Chittenden County VT about 3 years ago

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