Gardening Tips


Winter like weather has commenced this week as it did early last November, as I recall. The overnight temperatures at my house have finally started dipping into the low twenties and even teens, by the time you read this. The North Country has had some significant snow and most of the leaves are down, as the landscape assumes it bleak, […]

Fun and fungi in the forest

I have spent most of this past week in the woods turkey hunting, but so far I have only harvested a nice hunk of Chaga fungus (Inonotus obliquus) and a smaller “Lion’s Mane” (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom. I carry a folding pruning saw with me in my hunting vest, just in case I happen to find Chaga, which grows on all […]

Firewood season

The month of October is quickly winding down and so is my remaining time here in the beautiful Catskill mountain region this year. In a little over two weeks I will be returning to sunny Florida for the next five months. I am looking forward to seeing my kids and grandkids once again, but I am not anxious to leave […]

Fall clean up

The weather this past week has turned decidedly fall like, as we watch the leaves change into their final lovely shades of yellow, red, purple, tan, gold and crimson. It is true that deciduous tree leaves are most beautiful at the end of their lives. I think that may be true for some people as well. Humans, like leaves are […]

Birds and pesticides

The fall gardening season is in full swing as late season vegetables and flowers come into prominence. I planted a combination of turnips, beets and carrots in my garden in an area that was vacated when I harvested my garlic in late July. The turnips grew quickly and were ready to harvest less than a month after sowing. As I […]

A ginseng road trip to Appalachia

I just returned from an 11- day, almost 4,000 mile, road trip to Appalachia. My trip began in Ithaca where I spent the first night at a friend’s house. The next morning, I taught a mushroom identification workshop at Cornell’s Arnot forest for a group of enthusiastic “Master Naturalist” trainees. This is a great educational program that teaches volunteers a […]

Time to plant bulbs!

Late September to mid- October is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs A little effort now will reward you with beautiful flowers next spring. The soil temperature in most areas, except the mountain top, is still above 50 degrees, soil moisture is more than adequate and those conditions are ideal for root development on bulbs. Bulbs are almost […]

Fall planting

I just returned from a trip to north/central Wisconsin where it seemed like the fall foliage color was a good deal ahead of ours here. But after only being away for four days, it looks pretty much the same here right now. The weather here this past week has been close to perfect with cool nights and beautiful, sunny days. […]

Fall lawn care time is here

Labor Day weekend marks the start of the fall growing season. For gardeners it is like springtime once more, but without the blackflies! The trees are beginning to show fall colors. The days are getting noticeably shorter and conditions are perfect for growing grass. Right now soil temperatures are as warm as they will be until next summer, but ambient […]

Ginseng Growing Class Scheduled for September 19

On Thursday, September 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., I will be teaching a ginseng growing class at the Agroforestry Resource Center of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene/Columbia County on State Route 23 in Acra, just a few miles west of Cairo. This workshop will discuss how to get started growing American Ginseng on forested land in the Hudson […]

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