Gardening Tips

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 […]

Watermelons and seeds


I am so old that I remember when watermelons had seeds. There was a time when this tasty fruit could only be politely eaten outdoors, where you could spit out the seeds easily, without offending anyone. I never liked having to deal with the seeds since I always ended up crunching and eating a few. My mother warned me not […]

Roses of all sorts!

Gardening Tips

Roses are among the most popular flowering shrubs in America; and for good reason. The flowers are beautiful, many of them have heavenly scents and they come in almost any color imaginable. They have a wide variety of flower types with as few as five petals or as many as 30 to 40. Some of the largest flowers will yield […]

Last chance to plant fall crops


Although we are halfway through August and the harvest season is well underway, there is still time to plant some fall vegetable crops as well as cover crops. The days are getting noticeably shorter and we have had a few chilly nights in the 50’s, as is often the case later this month. Cool season crops like lettuce, spinach, other […]

Garden pests


This summer’s weather has returned to some semblance of “normal” we enter the middle of August. It has been a bit warmer than “normal” with more than 12 days above 90 degrees already recorded in Albany and also a bit wetter due to hit and miss Thundershowers that mostly have “missed” my garden. That’s OK with me after a very […]


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