Archive for November, 2010

The grass that made me cry, and my best organic gardening tip ever

November 30, 2010
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' in Amherst NY

Adventures in Organic Gardening By Laura Sileo-Lepkyj It was potting day last weekend. Oh, how I expected the tears to flow. We’ll be moving in January and I had made a list of a few of the rarer items in my garden that I want to take with me: the newly planted peach tree...
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Incorporate plants into your garden railway

November 30, 2010
Western New York Garden Railway Keuther

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week, we introduced you to model railways for the garden. To see one in person, check out the exhibit by the Western New York Garden Railway Society at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is running now through Jan. 2. Today...
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Add the element of motion to your garden with a model railway

November 23, 2010
Western New York Garden Railway Henderson train

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many  gardeners work with color and shape and water and aroma when  creating their outdoor spaces.  Consider adding the element of motion by installing a model railway. You can get a peek at a garden railway when the Western New York Garden Railway Society opens its exhibit the day after...
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Finding inspiration in the garden

November 23, 2010
rock border in Williamsville NY garden

Many of us find spiritual inspiration in our gardens. Mary Jo Foley of Williamsville shares a gardening experience that reinforced her outlook on life: My friend Beth was helping me get my landscaping ready for my son’s high school graduation party. I told her I wanted stones as a border, but didn’t want to...
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Intrigued by ‘little’ hostas? Here are tips on caring for them

November 16, 2010
H. Blue Mouse Ears sports in bowl by Mike Shadrack

  by Connie Oswald Stofko “This is the ideal climate for hostas,” said Mike Shadrack. “They like a harsh winter. You can’t grow them in Florida or Texas.” Mike and his wife, Kathy Guest Shadrack, have written The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small, and Mini Varieties. Last week, they introduced us...
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Are you throwing away what your garden needs?

November 16, 2010
compost for garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re not using your leaves for compost, you’re throwing away a perfectly good supply of nutrients for your soil. When you compost, you allow plant materials to decompose, which produces a dark material that contains nutrients that may not be contained in synthetic fertilizers. Granted, some municipalities pick up...
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Hamburg authors write first book ever published on popular “little” hostas

November 9, 2010
Mike and Kathy Guest Shadrack of Hamburg

by Connie Oswald Stofko The wife-and-husband team of Kathy Guest Shadrack and Michael Shadrack of Hamburg has written The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small and Mini Varieties, which is scheduled to be released Nov. 24.  “Little hostas are very, very popular at the moment, and their popularity is ascending,” Mike said....
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Orchard Park Garden Club holds standard flower show

November 9, 2010
Orchard Park Garden Club flower show

by Connie Oswald Stofko Imaginative and lovely displays were exhibited at the standard  flower show held by the Orchard Park Garden Club Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “Celebrating Our Town.” The show was held at Fox Run,  a lifecare community (also known as a continuing care retirement community) in Orchard Park. At left...
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To cut or not to cut: that is the question

November 2, 2010
Echinacea

Adventures in Organic Gardening By Laura Sileo-Lepkyj I tried an experiment this summer. I wanted to see how much difference it really made deadheading my flowers. Until this past growing season I had been a dedicated deadheader (not to be confused with a similar-sounding fan of the Grateful Dead).  I’d pop off a few...
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Herbed vinegar makes a great holiday gift

November 2, 2010
herbed vinegar from your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you need a hostess gift to take to Thanksgiving dinner, or you’re looking for a holiday gift with a personal touch, herbed vinegar is a good choice. Use herbs from your garden, buy a beautiful bottle for a couple of dollars and you have an elegant, yet inexpensive gift....
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