Winter Ferns in the Catskills.

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in General
Winter Ferns in the Catskills.

If you thought your winter was hard, imagine living on top of a rock all winter, exposed to the wind the whole time. On top of this Catskill boulder we see Polypodium virginianum, rockcap fern, one of our evergreen ferns, and what looks like a very sad and droopy Dryopteris. Catskills Dryopteris species remain green […]

Sugaring.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Edibles
Sugaring.

  The Catskills is one of the larger maple-syrup producing regions of New York State, and at this time of year serious sugarers already have their trees tapped and their buckets or tubes up. But it’s been a consistently cold winter so far, and there’s still time to get a tap or two in before […]

Learning to Care for Apple Trees.

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Edibles, Event, Gardening
Learning to Care for Apple Trees.

The Catskill Forest Association is hosting a pair of apple-tree workshops this spring.  Late winter is the time to prune and care for most fruit trees, and if you don’t know how and want to grow your own apples or restore those old trees on the property, these workshops can help you make this the […]

Betula alleghaniensis.

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Plant Profile
Betula alleghaniensis.

In Thoreau’s book The Maine Woods, he lists two hundred fifteen plant species he identified in his tour of the state, giving Latin names for all. Unfortunately taxonomists have been busily at work in the intervening century and a half, and many of the names are no longer in use. Some I wish we could […]