seedlings in a flat
Image by Sandy Repp

Learn the first and last dates to plant veggies in our area!

Image by Sandy Repp

Pansies are an annual that provides early blooms.

Plants in Cornell Plantations (PLTNS) greenhouses (Cornell University Photography)
Image by Lindsay France

Coleus plants in a greenhouse

Our IPM pages can help you control garden pests.



Soil Testing

At the present time we are unable to offer Nutrient Soil Testing at CCE Albany County.

Dairy One/Agro1 Lab is still accepting soil samples for pH and nutrient testing. They recommend that the soil testing samples be mailed directly to them from the customer to minimize the amount of people who are contacting the samples. Dairy One/Agro1 Lab asks that the customer order the testing boxes from their website: or via phone 800-344-2697. They will then mail you the testing box and correct form for submission.

How to Take a Soil Sample:

CCE offices are open to staff but remain closed to the public. Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County Master Gardener Program has a drop box located to the right of the entrance of the Voorheesville building.  Samples (plant, insect, soil pH) may be dropped off at any time. Please call the Master Gardener Hotline at 518-765-3514 for instructions, forms and additional information.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more! We offer free or low-cost gardening classes and tours all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer!


Carole Henry
Master Gardener Coordinator, Albany County CCE

Last updated October 20, 2020