Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss

Gardening Tips: July 16, 2014

Pesticides
This is the time of the season when our gardens come under attack from all sorts of pests ranging from insects and mites, to slugs and diseases. It would be great if nature took care of pests in the same way that things usually work out in our forests. There is often a kind of dynamic harmony that exists in forest ecosystems in which pests are kept in balance by other factors.


Gardening Tips: June 11, 2014

Local wildlife
This is the time of year when our local wildlife make their presence known and not always in a pleasant manner. Everybody loves the sight of a newborn fawn or a black bear or even a family of baby woodchucks cavorting on the lawn. Baby bunnies are so cute and chipmunks bring us all of us senior citizens memories our youthful days, watching Chip and Dale cartoons!
The amusement of all this fades quickly when the babies grow up and munch down with our gardens and landscape plantings!
FEARLESS FAWN: Many people erroneously assume that the fawn is “abandoned” or in need of rescue. Almost always, this is not the case as momma deer is probably nearby resting after giving birth and she will attend to her baby as soon as the humans leave it alone. So, please, just leave the fawn alone!FEARLESS FAWN: Many people erroneously assume that the fawn is “abandoned” or in need of rescue. Almost always, this is not the case as momma deer is probably nearby resting after giving birth and she will attend to her baby as soon as the humans leave it alone. So, please, just leave the fawn alone!


Gardening Tips: May 28, 2014

Organic fertilizers


Gardening Tips: May 21, 2014

Inorganic fertilizers
The past week’s rain arrived at a perfect time to allow most of our gardens, landscape plantings and lawn to develop their foliage. (Weeds too!) The showers and thunderstorms will sometimes put a temporary damper on outdoor work, but we do need some rain every few days to fuel the new growth. Yard cleanup is in full gear by now as we prepare for the upcoming growing season in earnest.


Gardening Tips: May 14, 2014

Sequence of Bloom
I measured just about two inches of rainfall last week in my rain gauge, which we really needed to get things green. Although that amount of rain seemed like a lot at the time, the newly emerging vegetation has already absorbed or transpired most of it.


Gardening Tips: April 23, 2014

Almost home
I have had a wonderful winter in Florida and I will surely miss my daily activities down here. The fishing has been excellent for the most part. I joined a boat club that allows, pretty much, unlimited use of a number of different boats from many different ports. This is the first winter I have had this option and I am very glad I joined.


Area Police News: April 16, 2104

Delaware County Deputies arrested Nick Malaxos, 67 of Margaretville on April 8 for one count of issuing a bad check a class “B” misdemeanor in violation of the New York State Penal Law. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Roxbury Town Court on April 23 at 7 p.m.


Gardening Tips: April 16, 2014

Time to Start Seeds
Although there is still very much winter weather outdoors, by now many of you are extremely anxious to get started on this season’s garden. It is still much too cold and the soil is too wet to even consider tillage of the garden right now.


Gardening Tips: March 12, 2014

Coyotes
My column on coyotes a few weeks ago provoked quite a bit of email as well as some beautiful pictures. Thanks for sending them to me! People seem to be pretty divided on whether these local residents are helpful or harmful. A student reporter in the Hudson Valley area sent me the following questions, which I forwarded to Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Wildlife specialist. I think his answers are worth sharing with you.


Marie Laine

Marie E. Laine, 90, a resident of Dry Brook Road, Arkville, died at her residence on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Marie was born February 9, 1924 in Queens, the daughter of Nicholas and Viola (Schmitt) Mappas. She married Joseph A. Laine Jr. on March 31, 1956 at Deer Park.
Marie enjoyed bowling, knitting, and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Laine and three nieces, Barbara Schmittzeh and Donna Wacher, both of Florida, and Carol Berry of Long Island.


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