Gardening Tips

Summertime and It’s Still Raining!


Although the calendar says it is now officially summer, our weather has seemed far from what most of us consider as “summer” like. The rains that began in April and May have continued for much of June as well. The TV weatherman says we have had more rainy days than sunny days for the past 60 days. Some of these […]

Father’s day plants


Now that the spring rush of early season bloom has subsided we can focus on looking for plants that bloom in the middle of June or later. There are cultivars of most early spring flowering shrubs that are a bit later then the more common varieties. Let’s begin with lilacs. I happen to love the fragrance of lilacs and cannot […]

Home remedies: be careful


The weather remains wetter than most of us would like, but our gardens actually prefer moisture more than drought, generally. I hope you are taking advantage of the surplus rain by collecting rainwater in barrels for future use. Make sure you use something to deal with mosquitos that will quickly breed in any standing water. There is a product called […]

Ticks Part 2 and Turf

Gardening Tips

Last week I wrote about ticks and tick borne diseases. This week I will continue that topic but first, some lawn care tips. Late May to early June is a good time to fertilize your lawn and kill broadleaf weeds, if you choose to do so. The very best time to fertilize is early September, but right now is the […]

Ticks, deer and other


Thirty years ago very few humans were ever bitten by a tick in this part of the country. Part of my job as a Cornell Extension Agent was to identify insects and other pests for local residents and occasionally (perhaps once a year) someone would bring in a bitten dog or wood tick that bit a human. Human tick bites […]

And still it rains


I t seems that as soon as I complain about the current weather conditions, those conditions change by the time this column gets printed in your local paper. Well, in this case, that has not happened, as it has rained on 16 of the past 18 days with no end in sight. To declare that this has put a damper […]

The woods awaken


I have been back home in NY for just about two weeks now and it has rained almost every single day. I believe this string of rainy days is the fourth longest on record in the Capital District as I write this on May 7. This has certainly put a damper on getting my outdoor gardening chores accomplished, but it […]

Arbor Day


I returned from Florida on April 25 to a lovely, 70 degree, spring day, with sunshine making my southern sojourn feel less exotic than I feared. Bodies require a period of adjustment when the climate changes drastically and abruptly. My visit back here in very wintry early March was rather unpleasant in that regard. Of course not having running water, […]

Arbor Day


Last Friday, April 26 was Arbor Day and all over America thousands of people planted trees to commemorate the day. This custom was started by a man named Sterling Morton, who was from northern NY, but moved to Nebraska. Nebraska is a state that surely could use some trees, since more than 97 percent of the state is cropland. I […]

Easter Plants, Snakes, Coyotes and Critters!


This is the last garden column that I will be writing from Florida for about 7 months. I have had a wonderful winter here in the Sunshine State, but I am homesick for the beautiful Catskill Mountain/Hudson Valley region that is my real home. It will be nice to return to a state where most drivers actually do use their […]


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