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 15, 2013

Brrrrrrrr!
After almost two months of living in the Sunshine State I recently returning to the frozen northeast for perhaps six or eight weeks. I picked a tough time to travel as the recent Arctic blast has made traveling a risky business. I quickly found out that pumping gas in Florida short sleeves is no fun when the temperature is near zero. I really wish that more gas stations would allow the gas pump handle to click on automatic so I could sit in the car while the tank is filling.


Gardening Tips: December 18, 2013

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners
I hope you survived Black Friday or even Black Thursday this year without going broke buying “bargains.” A bargain is only a bargain if you actually have use for the item. I have noticed that some people buy stuff just because it’s on sale. This makes for great legitimate “bargains” for others at garage and yard sales next summer. Holiday gift shopping may be a joy for some people but for others it is pure torture. Some of us are just not that good at picking out gifts that will be appreciated. Fortunately almost three quarters of all the households in this country participate in some sort of gardening activity so the following suggestions might make your task a bit easier this year.


Gardening Tips: December 4, 2013

Leftover Bulbs
Just in case you forgot to finish planting all your spring flowering bulbs outside, this week you will learn how to “fool” Mother Nature into getting those bulbs to flower for you indoors. All spring flowering “bulbs” are not technically “bulbs”. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and onions are true bulbs containing an entire, complete plant within swollen storage leaves called scales. They also feature a papery sheath called a “tunic” and a hardened stem at the base called a basal plate.


Gardening Tips: October 29, 2013

Wooly Bears
Besides being a great year for all sorts of wild foods, I have noticed that it is also a banner year for wooly bear caterpillars. I see them every day, crossing the roads and in my driveway, my woodpile and just about everywhere else.


Gardening Tips: October 16, 2013

Time to Plant Bulbs!