Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss

"Gardening Tips" is a column about all things flora written by Bob Beyfuss of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Gardening Tips: December 17, 2014

Mistletoe
This is the time of year when my thoughts once again return to plants. From Holiday gift plants to Christmas trees to decorative greens and last, but certainly not least, mistletoe! Much of the following information comes from The Hidden Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History www.hiltonpond.org. The common name “mistletoe” is used world-wide for a diverse assortment of plants, some of which aren’t so closely related. What these plants all have in common is their life-style: They are so-called “stem parasites” that live on branches of trees and shrubs.

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Gardening Tips: November 19, 2014

Putting the Garden to Bed
Well, it is time for my annual “putting the gardens to bed” column. Here are some tips for your home landscape.


Gardening Tips: Nov. 12, 2014

Apple season
The fresh vegetable season is pretty much over for 2014 with a few exceptions, such as parsnips, spinach, hardy kale, and a few other members of the cabbage family. I will harvest most of my Brussels’s sprouts this week before the deer decide to invade the garden for a few last snacks. The Asparagus ferns have turned yellow but garlic, shallots as well as other bulbs are still growing new roots. I hope you a good garden and were able to preserve some of the season’s bounty for fall feasts.


Gardening Tips: October 29, 2014

Household insect invaders
Last week we had some summer like weather for a few days that could be characterized as “Indian Summer” in areas, which had previously had frost. Indian summer has been defined as a period of warm weather following a hard frost. Now that most of our region had a hard or “killing” frost, we can look forward to more Indian summer. At least I hope so! Sometimes we get Indian summer in October and sometimes it occurs in November.


Gardening Tips: October 22, 2014

Fall Food
There are not too many evenings in October when I can sit outside in a light jacket and look at the stars. This is especially rare after Columbus Day, but tonight as I write this on October 14th, the temperature is 65 degrees at 8:30 PM and I am savoring these few remaining days of Indian Summer. It has been a beautiful summer and fall here in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain region except for the serious lack of rain we are now experiencing. The creeks are low and even the forest soils are powder dry. Winter still seems very far away despite the noticeably shorter days, but that will change soon. Our fall colors are at peak in the valley, but past peak in the mountains.