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 10:11 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 10:23 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 09:00 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 06:08 PM

The Power of Plants (and Mushrooms)

Few home garden events are as eagerly anticipated as the first tomato harvest. I harvested my first few, full-size tomatoes yesterday, after picking about a quart of my favorite cherry tomato, “Sun Gold” a few days ago. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

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Water and weeds   More...

Posted 8/9/2016 09:41 PM

Gardening Tips

Blossom end rot

Vegetable gardens are growing at the fastest rate of the season right now as we enter the middle of July. Soils have warmed to well above 70 degrees and as the root system expands, the top growth shoots up exponentially. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 09:02 PM

Gardening Tips

How to plant a tree

Memorial Day weekend marks the “official” start of the summer season here in the Catskill Region. Only those of you who live at the highest elevations (above 1,600 feet) need to be concerned about frost from now until October. More...

Posted 5/31/2016 08:03 PM

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Although it rained on me for at least part of every day, for the first nine days this month, the actual rainfall totals were not really significant. More...

Posted 5/17/2016 09:09 PM

Gardening Tips: March 23, 2016

St Patrick’s Day

For one day a year it seems that almost everyone is of Irish descent. It is true that many of us in America share some trace of Irish ancestry but many people do not know why that is the case. Well, it all has to do with potatoes. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 PM

Gardening Tips: March 9, 2016

Maple Season

I just watched an interesting You Tube video on making a small scale, reverse osmosis device. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 10:13 PM

Gardening Tips: February 3, 2016

Ground Hog Day

Before I begin this week’s column I want to pass on a tip from a reader who is also an avid bird feeder. More...

Posted 2/2/2016 09:26 PM

Gardening Tips: January 13, 2016

Backyard Bird Feeding

Before I begin this week’s column, I want to pass on a suggestion from a reader. Many people who utilize local food pantries also have pets and pets must be fed too! More...

Posted 1/12/2016 08:26 PM

Gardening Tips: December 30, 2015

The Cranberry

Happy New Year! No gardening resolutions for me this year. I will be happy just to have a garden and enjoy it as I did last year. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 08:19 PM

Gardening Tips: December 16, 2015

Making Holiday Gifts

Holiday gift shopping is either a chore or a joy for the shopper, but for some people it is always an unwelcome challenge. My daughter-in-law really enjoys shopping as a fun pastime and she is also really very good at finding bargains. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 09:15 PM

Gardening Tips: November 25, 2015


The smell of wood smoke is beginning to permeate the morning air as Indian Summer gives way to Old Man winter. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Gardening Tips: October 28, 2015

My Vegetable Garden Review

Last weekend’s hard freeze brought an end to the 2015 vegetable garden season for most of the crops in my raised beds. I still have a few things growing  More...

Posted 10/27/2015 09:54 PM

Gardening Tips: Sept. 23, 2015

Roadside Weeds

After a four- to six-week drought, most of our region received a very welcome weekend of rain showers, clouds and much cooler weather. For the most part, the rain fell pretty steadily and not just for a few torrential downpours. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 11:52 PM

Gardening Tips: August 26, 2015

Dragon Flies and Hard Tomatoes

It has been another hot week in the region, with several 90-degree days in a row, punctuated by some widely scattered thunderstorms that have not provided nearly enough rainfall to keep our gardens as lush as we would like. More...

Posted 8/25/2015 10:09 PM

Gardening Tips: July 22, 2015

Come to the Fair!

The 2015 Greene County Youth Fair will be held Thursday July 23 through Sunday July 26 at Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo. More...

Posted 7/21/2015 08:48 PM

Gardening Tips: June 24, 2015

Fruit in the Home Garden

I will stop complaining about the drought since it seems like we are finally back to almost normal soil moisture. Of course, along with the rain, comes the weeds, mosquitoes, slugs, and other assorted pests! More...

Posted 6/24/2015 10:12 AM

Gardening Tips: June 10, 2015

We finally got some much needed rain last week as we enter the honeymoon month of June, but we could use at least another inch or two of a steady, gentle rain. More...

Posted 6/10/2015 10:46 AM

Gardening Tips: May 27, 2015


Lilacs More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:22 AM

Gardening Tips: May 20, 2015

Pollinators More...

Posted 5/21/2015 02:45 PM

Gardening Tips

Backyard Maple Syrup One of the very few things I am missing about my snowed in home in Conesville this March, is the opportunity to make some maple syrup in my backyard. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Here's the Scoop

Time for winter fun. Sort of   More...

Posted 12/28/2016 12:47 AM

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 10:12 PM

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

Posted 11/1/2016 08:25 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 11:27 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 09:07 PM

Gardening Tips

A Summer Excursion to Kentucky

I originally wrote this back in 2007, but the recent honoring of Wendell Berry this past week, by President Obama, prompted me to share it with you. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

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The cucurbit family comprises about 954 different species, but we know them as some of the most commonly grown garden crops. More...

Posted 7/26/2016 11:44 PM

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Deer Ticks to Deer Flies

The 4th of July weekend featured beautiful, sunny, and dry weather that was enjoyed by just about everyone, except for the plants in our gardens! More...

Posted 7/12/2016 07:49 PM

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Plant Early, Plant Often!

The title of this week’s column was told to me by Ken Thompson from Story’s Nursery, as a response to a customer’s complaint that his tomato plants had died a week or so after he transplanted them into his garden in early May. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 09:14 PM

Gardening Tips: March 16, 2016

Springtime in Dixie

When I walked out to my car yesterday morning I noticed that it was covered with pollen. My first impression was that it was just dust, but after a few seconds thought I realized that the season is changing down here in central Florida. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 06:31 PM

Gardening Tips: February 17, 2016

Growing Sprouts Indoors Part 2

Well, for those of you who were waiting for serious winter weather to arrive, you finally got to see it happen over the Valentine’s Day weekend. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 05:57 PM

Gardening Tips: January 27, 2016

Bird Feeding, Part 2

Last week I wrote about feeding birds, which is a favorite winter pastime for many rural residents and even urbanites with access to a window. This week I will write about some of the problems often encountered. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 09:19 PM

Gardening Tips: January 6, 2016


I was planning to whine about the onset of nasty winter weather this past week but as we enter 2016, 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 1/5/2016 09:00 PM

Gardening Tips: December 23, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

The unseasonable warm weather has continued well into the 12th month in our region and most locals are delighted that they are not dealing with ice, snow and subzero temperatures, just yet. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 07:14 PM

Gardening Tips: December 9, 2015

Oh Deer!

It is hard to believe that in less than a month we will be writing 2016 on our checks and calendar dates. Where on earth did 2015 go so quickly? More...

Posted 12/8/2015 11:25 PM

Gardening Tips: November 4, 2015

Tips and recollections

I ran out of room before I finished discussing last year’s garden successes and failures. I want to thank a few readers for their excellent suggestions and for sharing their experiences too! More...

Posted 11/3/2015 10:24 PM

Gardening Tips: Sept. 30, 2015


Mornings have turned decidedly fall like as we pass the autumnal equinox once more. Many cultures measure time in seasons, but modern society is so far disconnected from the natural world that seasons hardly matter at all. More...

Posted 9/29/2015 09:51 PM

Gardening Tips: September 2, 2015

Late August Planting

I have detected a distinct hint of fall weather this past week as well as noticing some premature fall coloration on some trees and shrubs. More...

Posted 9/1/2015 10:06 PM

Gardening Tips: August 5, 2015

Dog Days and Tomatoes

We are well into what has been called the “Dog Days” of summer. This expression is usually interpreted as having to do with the fact that it is so hot and uncomfortable outside. More...

Posted 8/4/2015 11:57 PM

Gardening Tips: July 15, 2015

My Rain Barrel Floweth Over

During the month of June we received between six to 10 inches of rain in our region. The total was more to the north in the Adirondacks and less south of Albany, but still more than enough to end the drought. More...

Posted 7/15/2015 12:05 PM

Gardening Tips: June 17, 2015

Garden Pests and Rain

Since Memorial Day weekend I have recorded about 3.75 inches of rain at my house, which is enough to relieve the drought conditions we had experienced since April. More...

Posted 6/17/2015 10:07 AM

Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss: June 3, 2015

All About Tea

Well, we have had to deal with another weird week of May weather. Memorial Day weekend had some of us scrambling to cover our tender transplants as widespread frost was reported throughout the region. By Monday, we were back in the mid 80s once more. More...

Posted 6/3/2015 09:19 AM

Gardening Tips: May 6, 2015

Forsythia More...

Posted 5/5/2015 08:00 PM