Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss

"Gardening Tips" is a column about all things flora written by Bob Beyfuss of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Gardening Tips: July 24, 2013

Heat Stress
We have had above average temperatures for more than the past 30 days now and this heat wave shows no sign of abating. I suppose if I dragged my air conditioner out of the back room and hooked it up in my bedroom, the heat wave would go away, but so far it has been cool enough at night to sleep at least. Working outside in the garden is not pleasant in this weather and I would caution all of you to be very careful if you have to do so. Heat stroke is deadly serious and does not require all that much exertion. Drink lots of water, even if you do not think you are thirsty.


Gardening Tips: January 9, 2013

Gymnosperms
First of all, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2013 will bring you good health, happiness and the opportunities to share these joys with others.


Gardening Tips: January 2, 2013

Coping with Winter


Gardening Tips: December 12, 2012

Poinsettias
OK, I’ll admit it. For the past three weeks while you have been shivering in the cold Northeast, I have basking in the warm Florida sunshine. Actually I have also been in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for a few days, but certainly not in upstate New York.


Gardening Tips: December 5, 2012

Holiday Trees
I was going to title this week’s column “Christmas trees” but you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy the custom of decorating an evergreen tree indoors. The custom is, in fact, decidedly not Christian, perhaps dating back to the Druids, a Pagan cult that preceded Christianity by a long time. Christian missionaries all over the world often incorporated local customs into their attempts to gather acceptance of their new religion.