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: January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!
It is time to try to remember to write the year 2015 on checks and other written correspondence. Every year this seems like less and less of a concern, as the computers that run our lives and keep track of pretty much all of our day to day activities automatically remember everything for us. We are immersed in a cyber-age that has changed the world more profoundly than any natural event in memory.

Gardening Tips: Dec. 31, 2014

Care of Holiday Gift Plants
I hope you were lucky enough to receive a pretty plant as a Holiday gift this past week. I gave my daughter an amaryllis bulb as usual this year. They are long lived, potted houseplants for us in New York, but they are hardy outdoors in central Florida. She has quite a collection of them in a shaded location in her backyard.

Gardening Tips: December 17, 2014

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 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.

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.