Bob Dluzen

Bob Dluzen

As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.

Keeping birds from grapes

We absolutely have to get our bird netting on the grape vines this week. The grapes have been turning purple very quickly and are getting sweeter by the day. That whole process  of ripening is known as veraison  in the winemaking world. But for me and the neighborhood birds, it’s just plain ripening. The birds … Continue Reading →

Dealing with powdery mildew on pumpkins

Growing pumpkins and squash has changed since the early days early days of my career. Back then, pumpkins rarely had any problems whatsoever. You could just plant some seeds, keep the patch weeded and you were pretty much guaranteed a fine crop. This year demonstrates how times have changed. In addition to the squash vine … Continue Reading →

Turtle eggs in the garden

There’s a corner of the garden that I rototilled earlier this spring but never got planted so the weeds were really out of control. I decided today it was time to re-till the area and do something with it. It was a real struggle to get the tiller to knock down those tall weeds but … Continue Reading →