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Gardening questions? Find some answers on Garden Fence Chats

Attention gardeners: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County master gardener hotline volunteers are planning “Garden Fence Chats” – virtual hotline hours – from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday, via Zoom.

They are scheduled to start today.

Participants can share their gardening questions either by phone or the computer. Master gardener volunteers and the consumer horticulture educator will staff the Garden Fence Chats space.

The master gardeners will open each day with a 10- to 15-minute presentation covering a timely topic or frequently asked question and then keep the line open for people to call in or virtually stop by with questions, according to the press release.

Here are the topics scheduled for this week:

• April 6: Gardening safety while social distancing; what are best practices for community gardens?

• April 7: Cornell’s Garden Based Learning, "Just Plant It, New York! Food Gardening for All” – resources and how to access soil testing services.

• April 8: What’s happening on our urban farms this spring?

• April 9: Avoiding ticks while spending time outside.

• April 10: Starting seeds indoors.

• April 13: "Monday Youth Gardening Moment." Join the volunteers for a junior master gardener activity.

Use this link to register for the session or sessions you plan to attend.

To register by phone, call 646-876-9923. Meeting identification, if requested, is 824 755 868.

More topics to come. Have one to be discussed? Email Sharon Bachman, agriculture and natural resources educator, at

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