Disease called aster yellows is affecting coneflowers in WNY; get rid of diseased plants

August 25, 2015
aster yellows on coneflower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Margaret Raupp, coordinator of Open Gardens, brought to my attention a couple plant problems  that she noticed around Western New York this summer. Last week we talked about the lily leaf beetle, which is damaging lilies. This week we’ll discuss aster yellows disease, which affects coneflowers and causes the blossom...
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Why an internship with Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is cooler than you think

August 25, 2015
daisy

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re looking for a communications internship, get one at a business that is looking ahead, not stuck in the past. When I started Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com five years ago, I knew that being online was the only way to go. Paper and printing is expensive. You want color photos? That costs...
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Want to make the leap to farming? Online classes available from Cornell

August 25, 2015
corn growing in field in Western New York

Have you ever considered making the leap from gardening to farming? The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project at Cornell University has created a series of online courses for those thinking of becoming a farmer as well as for beginning farmers. The interactive online courses run from five to seven weeks. Courses start in October, November, January...
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Had damage to your lilies? You might have a new invasive bug called lily leaf beetle

August 18, 2015
red lily leaf beetle

by Connie Oswald Stofko Margaret Raupp, coordinator of Open Gardens, alerted me to a couple of problems with disease and pests that she noticed while touring the gardens. We’ll talk about the first one, lily leaf beetle, today. Raupp said that when she visited an Open Garden in Lockport, the garden of John Taylor...
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