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: August 28, 2013

September Song
It seems like we are about two weeks ahead of “normal” in terms of phenology this summer. “Phenology” is a term that refers to the timing and sequence of bloom of various plants that we can observe each season. It is a useful concept that predicts seasonal events based on what is currently occurring.


Gardening Tips: August 20, 2013

Wasps, Yellow Jackets and Hornets


Gardening Tips: August 7, 2013

August Pests
August is usually the warmest month of the year, but this year it will be hard to top mid-June through mid-July. The month of tropical weather we experienced made our gardens grow very well, but also provided optimal conditions for insects and diseases.


Gardening Tips: July 24, 2013

Heat Stress
We have had above average temperatures for more than the past 30 days now and this heat wave shows no sign of abating. I suppose if I dragged my air conditioner out of the back room and hooked it up in my bedroom, the heat wave would go away, but so far it has been cool enough at night to sleep at least. Working outside in the garden is not pleasant in this weather and I would caution all of you to be very careful if you have to do so. Heat stroke is deadly serious and does not require all that much exertion. Drink lots of water, even if you do not think you are thirsty.