Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ProLiteracy's Headquarters in Syracuse

ProLiteracy moved into their new home on West Street over a year ago. Hard to believe! We congratulate you and thank you for the strength you have brought to the neighborhood.

Monday, June 17, 2013

From the Regional Market, Ready to Freeze

Oh, the fragrance in the car on the ride home...basil, strawberries and coffee! 
Imagine the taste of Wake Robin's delicious cheeses!
Good day at the market,
(We didn't freeze all the strawberries.)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lost Nematode

This nematode had lost its way and climbed five feet up to the top of our about-to-flower yucca. When we spotted it, it was wildly reaching for terra firma. I brought it back down to ground level, for it is a friendly creature welcome in the garden.

Organic Gardening says about nematodes:
Beneficial Nematodes
Slender, translucent, unsegmented worms, beneficial species of nematodes are 1/25 inch to several inches long. Their roles in the garden vary. Some are soil dwellers that break down organic matter and are common in compost piles. These decomposers are easily visible; they are about ¼ inch long.
Other nematodes (families Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae) attack and kill insects either by injecting bacteria (Xenorhabdus sp.) that kill the host within 24 to 48 hours or by entering the host, parasitizing, and feeding on it.

Beneficial nematodes are effective against a variety of pests, including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. When purchasing and applying them, it is very important to select the right species of nematode, because different species are effective against different pests. In addition, nematodes require moist, humid conditions, and fairly warm soil to be most effective. Water application sites before and after spreading nematodes. When purchasing them, follow application directions carefully.

There are harmful nematodes that attack plant cells, cause heartworm in dogs, or can parasitize humans, but the vast majority are beneficial workers of the soil. 

That is not the message one gets if one visits the websites of biotec corporations devoted to killing nematodes, such as Pasteuria Bioscience. There and through Google searches, one finds words like investment, industry, asset class and acquisition. 

Small is more beautiful. Save the nematodes. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pumping Out the Basement

A main pipe to the sprinkler system coming into the vacant NYNEX building, center, broke and filled the three story parking garage in the basement with water. It took three days to pump it out. The building has been unoccupied for 18 years. Recently the owner paid just enough of the back taxes to forestall forclosure, with no plans to bring the building to life. What kind of person does that?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ithaca Farmers' Market

We happened upon this awesome structure, the Ithaca Farmers' Market, 
at the edge of the city near the harbor on a non-market day.  
The website,, says there are 150 vendors. 
Inside this beautiful shed, built entirely by volunteers on waste land, are 80 unique stalls. 
The place was spotless on the day we visited, a day immediately following an open day. 
We will return!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Historic First Church of Christ, Scientist

Historic First Church of Christ, Scientist, on East Genesee St., details. 
The building is owned by the credit union operating in an addition, and is well preserved.