Gardening Tips

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 […]

Growing Blueberries


I know many of you have already started planting trees and shrubs during the brief warm spells that are typical of early April. It is important to put some thought in before putting plants in that are expected to thrive for a long time. Proper site selection and preparation will pay off in the long run for most fruit crops. […]

Starting seeds indoors


By late March, the urge to grow something is becoming overwhelming for most northern gardeners. Fantasies of home grown, tasty vegetables can be hard to stifle when you are anxiously awaiting a glimmer of sunshine. The pictures in seed catalogues tease many people to buy far more seeds than they will ever have time or space to plant. Here in […]

Starting seeds indoors


By late March, the urge to grow something is becoming overwhelming for most northern gardeners. Fantasies of home grown, tasty vegetables can be hard to stifle when you are anxiously awaiting a glimmer of sunshine. The pictures in seed catalogues tease many people to buy far more seeds than they will ever have time or space to plant. Here in […]

Botanical Gardens


This past week a couple of my friends from Ithaca, NY were down here in Florida visiting botanical gardens from St Petersburg to Miami. Both of them are knowledgeable horticulturalists with a passion for plants that most tourists do not necessarily share. I joined them to tour two lovely places that are less than a half hour drive from my […]

Snow, mud and maple


Ihad to return to New York last week from my winter home in Florida for a few days in order to get my new “enhanced” driver’s license. This process generally requires an in person visit to the DMV with lots of papers to prove citizenship, social security and residence. A new photograph and an eye test is also required for […]

Snow Fleas and Maple Syrup


Now that most of us have had snow on the ground for most of the winter, some people have spotted a somewhat unusual and unique insect called a snow flea. Snow flea is the common name for a type of insect that is much smaller, but has the shape and color of a dog or cat flea. Actually, under magnification […]

Pruning fruit trees, part 2


Happy March! This month has 31 days, but not nearly enough paid holidays! Last week I wrote about pruning fruit trees, which is an annual chore that is usually performed at this time of the year. As I mentioned last week, stone fruit (cherry, peach and plum) trees are usually pruned after they set fruit in late May or early […]

Pruning fruit trees, part 1


The sunless winter continues back home as my friends tell me about weekly snow, sleet or rain events. From most reports, the winter of 2018 into 2019 has not been awful, but it has been relentless. I will be returning home to Conesville for four days in early March and I hope the weather cooperates. March weather is so unpredictable […]

Halfway Home


February is the longest winter month of the year despite being only 28 days. Depending on where you live in the Catskill Mountain/ Hudson Valley region, you may or may not have snow cover on the ground right now. Up north, there is certainly lots of snow and I heard that the ice on some lakes in the Adirondacks exceeds […]


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