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: July 16, 2014

Pesticides
This is the time of the season when our gardens come under attack from all sorts of pests ranging from insects and mites, to slugs and diseases. It would be great if nature took care of pests in the same way that things usually work out in our forests. There is often a kind of dynamic harmony that exists in forest ecosystems in which pests are kept in balance by other factors.

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Gardening Tips: June 11, 2014

Local wildlife
This is the time of year when our local wildlife make their presence known and not always in a pleasant manner. Everybody loves the sight of a newborn fawn or a black bear or even a family of baby woodchucks cavorting on the lawn. Baby bunnies are so cute and chipmunks bring us all of us senior citizens memories our youthful days, watching Chip and Dale cartoons!
The amusement of all this fades quickly when the babies grow up and munch down with our gardens and landscape plantings!
FEARLESS FAWN: Many people erroneously assume that the fawn is “abandoned” or in need of rescue. Almost always, this is not the case as momma deer is probably nearby resting after giving birth and she will attend to her baby as soon as the humans leave it alone. So, please, just leave the fawn alone!FEARLESS FAWN: Many people erroneously assume that the fawn is “abandoned” or in need of rescue. Almost always, this is not the case as momma deer is probably nearby resting after giving birth and she will attend to her baby as soon as the humans leave it alone. So, please, just leave the fawn alone!


Gardening Tips: May 28, 2014

Organic fertilizers


Gardening Tips: May 21, 2014

Inorganic fertilizers
The past week’s rain arrived at a perfect time to allow most of our gardens, landscape plantings and lawn to develop their foliage. (Weeds too!) The showers and thunderstorms will sometimes put a temporary damper on outdoor work, but we do need some rain every few days to fuel the new growth. Yard cleanup is in full gear by now as we prepare for the upcoming growing season in earnest.


Gardening Tips: May 14, 2014

Sequence of Bloom
I measured just about two inches of rainfall last week in my rain gauge, which we really needed to get things green. Although that amount of rain seemed like a lot at the time, the newly emerging vegetation has already absorbed or transpired most of it.