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

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

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 09:48 PM

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Water and weeds   More...

Posted 8/9/2016 08:41 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 08:02 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 07:03 PM

Gardening Tips


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 08:09 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 08:16 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 09:13 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 08:26 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 07:26 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 07:19 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 08:15 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 12:10 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 08:54 PM

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


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


Deer Resistant Plants   More...

Posted 5/23/2017 09:26 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


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


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

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 08:38 PM

Gardening Tips


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 10:44 PM

Gardening Tips

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 06:49 PM

Gardening Tips

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 08:14 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 05:31 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 04:57 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 08:19 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 08:00 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 06:14 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 10:25 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 09:24 PM