Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss

Gardening Tips: October 5, 2011

Mosquitoes
It is raining as I write this column, an all too common occurrence since August 28 when Irene arrived. All told, I have measured more than 25 inches of rain at my home since that fateful day that changed the landscape of our region. The clean-up efforts will continue for years and the side effects of all this rain are being felt right now as we deal with an explosion of mosquitoes.


Gardening Tips: August 17, 2011

Permaculture Part 1
Imagine not having to ever buy herbs, vegetables or fruit for your family, yet still being able to enjoy a tasty and healthy diet. In some parts of the world, such as some tropical islands in the Pacific, nature provides most of the food for free, without even having to till the soil or plant seeds, weed, fertilize and perform all the other tasks associated with food production. While such a scenario is appealing to many of us, few will ever get to actually experience it.


Gardening Tips: July 27, 2011

Hot Gardening


Gardening Tips: Aug. 4, 2010

All About Fruit


Gardening Tips: July 28, 2010

Mid-summer gardening
August marks the middle of our gardening season as well as mid-summer and this year I feel like we have already experienced a legitimate summer! July was one of the warmest on record in our region and most vegetable gardens are at peak production. This is actually a good time to plant some seeds for fall season harvests of lettuce, spinach, beets, radishes and assorted other salad greens.


Gardening Tips: June 2, 2010

Thirty-Four Species of Birds
I know this is supposed to be a gardening column but I seem to get more e-mail responses to my columns about birds than my usual “tips.” Actually my tips are often reminders of chores I tell you to do but often fail to do myself! This week I will revisit our feathered friends.


Gardening Tips: April 28, 2010

I just returned from my annual driving trip to Florida and I am happy to see that all the snow has finally melted around my property. When I left in late March there was still more than a foot of the white stuff in my woods. Ironically, temperatures in Albany were actually warmer than Florida for almost a week.


Gardening Tips: April 21, 2010

Sequence of Bloom


Gardening Tips: Nov. 18, 2009

It is nice to be able to produce wonderful compost in your own backyard at little to no cost. Fall is the ideal time to create a compost pile but keep in mind that the compost may not be ready to use until next fall. Those of you who started a compost pile last fall may be applying it to your garden beds right now. Here is how you can get started this week!


Gardening Tips: Oct. 21, 2009

It is nice to be able to produce wonderful compost in your own backyard at little to no cost. Fall is the ideal time to create a compost pile but keep in mind that the compost may not be ready to use until next fall. Those of you who started a compost pile last fall may be applying it to your garden beds right now. Here is how you can get started this week!


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