Winter Seed Sowing Projects

In the northeast, winter's dreary cold can almost make us forget the glorious spectacle and fun of summer. A close connection to the land and growing things starts to feel like a distant memory, but many gardeners and nature lovers overcome this by engaging in winter seed sowing projects. There are several styles of winter [...]

Locally Handmade Greenhouses

Many gardeners I know dream of acquiring or building a greenhouse. Whether it's to prolong the relatively short upstate New York growing season for vegetable gardening or to start perennials and herbs, wanting a greenhouse seems to go hand in hand with a love for gardening. Sourcing greenhouses can be tricky. Building them well is [...]

Is your landscaping designed to be safe for pets?

Recently I was invited to write a guest post on the local dog lover's resource website, Saratogadoglovers.com. The post was titled, "Dog Lover's Introduction to Safe Landscaping Practices", and can be read in full by clicking the link. Our pets, our children, area wildlife and human neighbors are really at the mercy of our good [...]

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY This week I was the landscape designer for a fun and useful beautification project near Saratoga Springs, NY that included a simple storm catch basin rain garden and a miniature apple orchard. The rain garden sits at the drainage spout for the neighborhood's storm water [...]

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY This week I completed a landscape renovation that was of special interest to me: an urban habitat garden that is part of an unofficially connected patchwork quilt shaped wildlife corridor in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Migrating birds and butterflies will find this region more and more appealing as [...]

More of Saratoga County’s extraordinary beauty

More of Saratoga County's Extraordinary Beauty This week, on the other ecological gardening website I contribute to (Beautifulwildlifegarden.com), I wrote about a recent visit to a unique type of nature preserve in Saratoga County, NY, actually in Saratoga Springs and near Saratoga Lake. The nature preserve hosts a bog habitat, and the full story about [...]

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Edible gardens and eco-friendly landscaping in Clifton Park, NY

Edible gardens and eco-friendly landscaping in Clifton Park, NY Edible plants can nicely augment eco-friendly gardens. In Clifton Park, NY (which is located in southern Saratoga County), there's an eco-friendly landscaped property that we've used edible gardens and edible plants and herbs generously in the design. The above photo contains a June-bearing Strawberry as groundcover [...]

August at the bluebird house

August at the bluebird house Last year we began to revitalize the garden design of a Burnt Hills property known as "the bluebird house" and build the habitat capacity by adding native plants. Native plant landscape design takes patience, the plants need a couple years before they really look like what they're going to. At [...]

A new butterfly garden in Malta, NY

Sometimes a strategy ecologically savvy landscape designers use to decide what to plant where on a property is to observe what plants are already growing and use them as ecological indicator species. The new butterfly garden in Malta, NY, installed over the past week was subject to this ecological landscape design technique. This Asclepias tuberosa [...]

New eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs.

This week I was called to create a new, eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs, NY. This lovely, thoughtfully landscaped property is minutes from the Saratoga race track. The garden's design composition can be designated "eco-friendly" and a low maintenance landscape because the plants we chose are species native to the Saratoga region, with the [...]

Some ecological notes from Saratoga County

Being an ecological garden designer in Saratoga County involves a constant reawakening it seems. Every day the world seems new. The habitat here is so rich, so vibrant that most days I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Everywhere you turn in Clifton Park, Burnt Hills, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and all other regions encompassed by [...]

More scenes from the Jessecology designed Ballston Spa nature preserve

Recently I wrote about building a nature preserve garden in Ballston Spa, NY. The project occupies a space of approximately a half an acre in Saratoga County, and it's difficult to capture the beauty and all the different perspectives of such a space. So. Here are a handful of photographs that were not included the [...]

Muscular Poison Ivy

Hug this tree and everybody will know about it for the duration of your Poison Ivy flare up! I was impressed with this muscular Poison Ivy vine adjascent to a lake in Saratoga county. Those are huge leaves on the upper deck, measuring at least 8-10 inches across. In the gardens of Saratoga this Poison [...]

By |2016-11-03T10:30:20-04:00June 17th, 2013|garden, Go Green News, habitat, Saratoga|0 Comments

Building a nature preserve garden in Ballston Spa, NY

Over the past month, I've had the honor of being a part of a project so lovely it takes my breath away. A delightful couple in Ballston Spa, NY (just outside of Saratoga Springs) contacted me around Mother's Day with an opportunity to build a nature preserve, with native plant gardens on a half an [...]

Adding native plants to the bluebird house gardens in Burnt Hills, NY

Last summer I began transforming a bland ornamental garden in Burnt Hills, NY into a colorful, low maintenance native plant habitat oasis. We began referring to the newly eco-friendly garden property as, "the bluebird house" because soon after the addition of the first round of native plants bluebirds began frequenting the gardens and yard. One [...]

New bird gardens in Saratoga Springs, NY

Last week I was commissioned to design and install some new bird gardens for a Saratoga Springs, NY property using native plants. Podophyllum peltatum, Mayapple and Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry were added to the bed in the above photo to create an understory with edible fruits that birds love to eat seasonally. This property sits adjacent [...]

Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly in the herb garden

This past Sunday a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly visited our Saratoga Springs container herb garden. It was the first I'd seen all season. We had a Lindera benzoin "Spicebush," which is the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly's host plant, in a container in the holding area for Monday delivery. Butterfly intuition about host plant location in the garden [...]

Saratoga Springs Celebrity Gardening With Allison Mack: Part I

Saratoga Springs celebrity gardening with Allison Mack? I think it's taken me roughly a year to process something really cool that's happening in my business and personal life. Somehow an internationally famous actress and activist heard about my ecological garden design business and in the summer of 2012, she contacted me to develop a wildlife [...]

New butterfly garden in Glenville, NY

This week I designed a butterfly garden in Glenville, NY. The bed is in constant dappled sun, so we chose butterfly host and nectar plants acclimated for both full sun and partial shade, as well as some native species shrubs to increase shady effect. Ninebark and Lindera were used, both support butterfly habitat as a [...]