Why Maple Sap Flows

This week’s column is by Paul Hetzler from St Lawrence County. It was prompted by the recent thaw that has some maple trees beginning to produce sap. More...

Posted 2/20/2018 08:09 PM

Fixing Broken Trees

Happy Groundhog’s Day! By February, winter weary Northerners are getting desperate for something to take their minds off the remaining winter weather. More...

Posted 2/6/2018 08:47 PM

Evaluating Hazard Trees Part 1

My last two columns on burning wood and the hazards of breathing wood smoke generated more e-mails than almost anything else I have written in a long time. More...

Posted 1/23/2018 08:13 PM

Firewood

It will take awhile to get used to writing 2018, but like it or not, another year has passed and this new one is beginning ominously. More...

Posted 1/9/2018 08:06 PM

Show love with an Amaryllis

I was planning to whine about the onset of nasty winter weather the past couple of weeks, but as we are getting ready to enter 2018, all I can say is that spring is only four months away! Four months is not such a long time when you reach my age. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 07:29 PM

Thanks for Giving

Now that Thanksgiving has passed and many of us are getting ready for Christmas or whatever end of the year holiday you celebrate, I thought I would share with you this essay written by Paul Hetzler, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. More...

Posted 12/12/2017 09:31 PM

Household Insect Invaders

The week before last we had some summer like weather for a few days that could be characterized as “Indian Summer” in areas which had previously had frost. More...

Posted 11/14/2017 07:46 PM

The 2017 Garden

I have yet to see any frost up here on my hill in Conesville as we enter the middle of October. It still feels more like mid-summer than mid-fall. I have not had to fire up the woodstove in weeks now. More...

Posted 10/17/2017 07:10 PM

Putting Up the Produce

It remains exceptionally hot and dry as I write this column in the last week of September, but the weatherman promises a return to “normal” fall weather by October 1. More...

Posted 10/3/2017 07:28 PM

Help Wanted!

Our streak of gorgeous weather is continuing as I write this column on September 12, despite the horrible conditions in Florida and Georgia due to Irma. More...

Posted 9/19/2017 10:39 PM

Doddering

Considering the climate where the personification of evil is alleged to make his home, you’d think the devil would wear flip-flops or something, but it seems he prefers lace-up footwear (Prada, I’m told). More...

Posted 8/22/2017 07:44 PM

Care and Maintenance of Trees and Shrubs

As we approach the middle of this year’s growing season, I want to remind you to make sure you continue to thoroughly water any newly planted trees and shrubs, as well as any that you planted a year, or even two years ago. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 09:31 AM

Buying Topsoil

This is the time of year when many gardeners think about buying topsoil for a variety of reasons. In some cases their own soil is very shallow with bedrock outcrops on the surface or just a few inches below the surface. More...

Posted 7/4/2017 05:53 PM

GARDENING TIPS

June Gardening

I still have yet to put a seed in my vegetable garden raised beds, nor have I transplanted any of my overgrown tomato or pepper plants. The soil is still too cold and too wet to work. More...

Posted 6/20/2017 07:30 PM

GARDENING TIPS

Deer Resistant Plants   More...

Posted 5/23/2017 09:26 PM

Timely tips

As the snow fades away and the landscape begins to turn green we are suddenly overwhelmed at all the gardening chores that need to be accomplished. It seems like we go from winter to summer without enough time to enjoy the spring each year. More...

Posted 5/2/2017 09:14 PM

Gardening Tips

LastyearonApril1Ipostedapictureof me on Facebook, holding a seven-foot timber rattlesnake in the air with the caption. More...

Posted 4/4/2017 08:26 PM

Gardening Tips

Your questions

I sometimes get questions from readers via email and when several good ones arrive at once, I think it is worthy of a column since other readers very likely have similar questions!When is the best time to apply mole treatment for More...

Posted 3/14/2017 06:30 PM

EAB Update by Bob Beyfuss

EAB stands for Emerald Ash Borer, an insect pest that has been killing thousands and thousands of ash trees in N.Y. State and elsewhere and which is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Gardening Tips

This week’s column was written by Paul Hetzler, a Cornell Cooperative Extension agent from St Lawrence County. Although Paul lives quite a bit north of us, his winter seems to be a lot like ours!  More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

New Years Resolutions by Bob Beyfuss

Happy New Year to all of you dear readers! I sincerely hope that 2017 is a great year for you and for the entire world. It certainly will be different, philosophically at least, from a political perspective. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:11 PM

Fall food

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and I hope that at least one of the dishes served was something that you grew yourself. More...

Posted 11/29/2016 09:12 PM

A Fall Woods Walk

I was not at all happy to have to deal with October 27th snow/sleet/ice/rain storm that made driving very tricky and also took down lots of the remaining leaves. It seems too early for fall to end and much too soon for winter to arrive. More...

Posted 11/8/2016 08:00 PM

Pumpkins and Possums

Fall weather has arrived and the hillsides are starting to show some color, but it seems to be beginning later this season than most years. The summer-long drought has most likely caused many trees to turn brown prematurely. More...

Posted 10/4/2016 05:08 PM

Roses are Frozen

Although February is the shortest calendar month, it is the longest in terms of winter misery in the Great Northeast. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 09:10 PM

Hazard Tree Diagnosis Part 2

Last week I wrote about the difficulties in determining whether or not a tree presents a hazard to people or property. More...

Posted 1/30/2018 09:03 PM

Firewood and Smoke

You know it has been a rough winter already when a + 30 degree day feels like a heat wave and you want to put shorts on and run around the back yard! Last week I wrote about the burning characteristics of certain types of firewood. More...

Posted 1/16/2018 07:37 PM

Goodbye 2017!

The weather this past week or so has destroyed all remnants of fall that sometimes lingers well into December. Now is the time to hope for a January thaw, but many would settle for plus 32 instead of minus anything.  More...

Posted 1/2/2018 08:32 PM

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

I don’t miss winter a bit after hearing about the cold and snow that has already hit most of the Capital District/Hudson Valley region. This early start may portend a nasty winter for northerners in general. More...

Posted 12/19/2017 11:26 PM

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite Holiday and not just because I like to eat turkey so much. The turkey I enjoy most is wild turkey, but I did not hunt them seriously this fall. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 08:38 PM

Deer Ticks Active Again

For those of you who live in the Catskills and Capital District, east of the Hudson River, the much ballyhooed rain predicted for last Tuesday turned out to be far less than we expected, or needed. More...

Posted 11/7/2017 05:56 PM

And the Winner Is

Those of you who read these columns on a regular basis know that I test a few different tomato varieties each season. Usually these are plants that I have been given by friends that are in cell packs and often very overgrown. More...

Posted 10/10/2017 07:43 PM

Summer in September

It seems like September will turn out to be warmer than August this year. I am not complaining since I have lots of green tomatoes to ripen and my carrots are growing very slowly. More...

Posted 9/26/2017 08:06 PM

GARDENING TIPS

Less than a week ago I was thinking to myself that it seemed odd for the tree leaves to still be almost all green. More...

Posted 9/12/2017 08:58 PM

Bad Gardening Makes the World Better

This week’s column was written by my friend, Paul Hetzler.  It just occurred to me that having more lousy gardeners in the world could help make it a better place.  More...

Posted 8/15/2017 07:53 PM

GARDENING TIPS

Woodchucks   More...

Posted 8/1/2017 09:22 PM

Uncommon Flowering Trees and Shrubs Part 2

I previously wrote about some uncommon flowering trees, some that are suitable to plant beneath overhead power lines. One of my pet peeves is seeing tall tree species planted directly beneath power or telephone lines. More...

Posted 7/18/2017 09:24 PM

Insects and Diseases

The extraordinarily wet weather continues with daily T storms in many parts of the region as well as some surprisingly chilly night temperatures. More...

Posted 6/27/2017 10:35 PM

Deer Resistant Plants Part 2

I just returned from a four-day road trip and was delighted to see that my friend Christine had left me about six large tomato plants that are labeled as a variety called “Mountain Fresh.” This is a variety I have never grown and one of a More...

Posted 6/6/2017 11:29 PM

How to plant a tree

“Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never stand” is a Greek proverb that dates back thousands of years, but it is as true today as it was then. More...

Posted 5/9/2017 09:59 PM

Your questions

I sometimes get questions from readers via email and when several good ones arrive at once, I think it is worthy of a column since other readers very likely have similar questions! More...

Posted 3/21/2017 11:10 PM

Seed catalogues

At one time, back in the 1980s I think, I used to receive more than 50 different seed catalogues each year by the end of this month. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 09:40 PM

Coping With Cold

Plants do not have the luxury of heading south for the winter as some people and many birds do, although I do know some snowbirds who pack up and move their houseplants south with them each year. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

Avocados

As we approach Superbowl Sunday, some of us are thinking about an interesting fruit, a single seeded berry actually, that is the avocado. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

Here's the Scoop

Time flies Over the years, my wife and I have collected an assortment of antiques. We don’t have a lot of them, just a few pieces we like in our house. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:10 PM

Here's the Scoop

Time for winter fun. Sort of   More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

The hunters are coming!

This year more than 500,000 New York residents will purchase deer hunting licenses with the hope of harvesting a white tail deer. More...

Posted 11/22/2016 09:23 PM

Gardening Tips

Halloween

On Monday we celebrated Halloween, one of the most popular holidays in America. More...

Posted 11/1/2016 07:25 PM

Looking back

I vividly recall October 4, 1987, when a freak snowstorm dumped between 12 and 24 inches of heavy, wet, snow on our region. More...

Posted 10/11/2016 10:27 PM

Gardening Tips

Fall Lawn Care

Well technically, it isn’t fall until September 21 but we have had a few of those brisk, beautiful, clear days that remind us of what is on the way. More...

Posted 9/20/2016 08:07 PM