Gardening Tips

Nap time

Well, the shortest days of the year have passed and day length is getting slightly longer each day. It still seems like it is dark far too long in January. Part of the problem is that it is not only dark, but it is cold and dark. Sometimes, in the dark times of winter, it seems like it would be […]

New Year’s Resolution, 2020: Make Yourself Great Again

Most of this week’s column was written by Paul Hexler, who was formerly with Cornell Cooperative Extension. I have edited it somewhat and added a few thoughts of my own. It has nothing to do with gardening. By now, most North Americans have heard the phrase “Make America great again,” a popular slogan used by the Trump campaign. Regardless of […]

Christmas trees

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday celebration this season. Although most of the snow that fell earlier this month has melted in the Hudson Valley region, there is still more than a foot of the white stuff at my house in Conesville! I just had to hire a snow plow person to clear my driveway so that some workers […]

Holiday gift plants

Gardening Tips

It is often difficult to find the perfect gift for people who really don’t need anything in particular. I am a good example of that situation and it makes it tough on my kids to find something for me that I will actually use. At my stage of life, if I need, or want something, I generally just go out […]

A tree grows in Florida

The Gulf coast of Florida seems to attract mid-westerners more than any other parts of the state that I have visited. That’s OK with me since the people I meet from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois are very friendly in general. There are also a lot of people here from Western Ontario, Canada, which is directly north of […]


Well, the first major snowstorm blanketed our region earlier this week with accumulations of well over two feet in some locations. It seems a bit early for this amount of precipitation, but it is certainly not unheard of. It seems that every dramatic weather event we experience is used as evidence of “global climate change” these days. I still think […]

The season in review

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday and got to supply at least one of the dishes with something you grew, or harvested yourself! The growing part is pretty easy. If you grew onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, winter squash (pumpkins) or corn, you probably enjoyed the same side dishes as the Pilgrims did. Potatoes […]


I am back in sunny Florida where the weather is a heck of a lot nicer than it is up north! The arctic blast that came in last week signaled a decisive end to the fall weather. I actually left my home in Conesville a few days earlier than I had planned, to escape an upcoming storm. I was accused […]

Putting the gardens to bed

I returned to Florida for the winter just before the deep freeze set in. I left many last minute chores undone in my haste to get out of Dodge, but I did manage to accomplish some of these fall tasks. It is time for my annual “putting the gardens to bed” column. Here are some tips for your home landscape. […]

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