Archive for April, 2011

Turn garbage into compost for your garden with red wriggler worms

April 26, 2011
composting with worms in Buffalo Ny

by Connie Oswald Stofko I saw some amazingly beautiful compost a couple weeks ago in an Earth Day demonstration at Buffalo ReUse. The compost was dark brown and crumbly and pure, with almost no soil mixed in. The secret to this compost is red wriggler worms. They eat garbage and turn it into compost....
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Native plant or invasive species in the Buffalo area?

April 26, 2011
Queen Anne's Lace in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was going to plant Queen Anne’s lace in my garden.  I used to love picking these pretty wildflowers in the fields when I was growing up in Cheektowaga.  And hey, planting native species is good for the environment, right? One problem: Queen Anne’s lace grows wild, but it’s not...
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Keep Earth Day in mind as you set your gardening goals

April 19, 2011
sparrows in juniper in Buffalo-Niagara area

by Mike Van Der Puy On the border of my lot stands a mature evergreen bush that holds little aesthetic appeal for me. At six feet high and about eight feet in diameter, it does function to some degree as a windbreak. Its primary function, however, is serving as the equivalent of Starbucks to...
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Deadlines near for scholarships to study horticulture at NCCC

April 19, 2011
Horticulture Scholarships at Niagara County Community College

If you want to start a green career or just learn more about plants, you may be eligible for a scholarship to study horticulture at Niagara County Community College. NCCC offers the only college horticulture program in Western New York. The deadlines to apply for the scholarships are approaching. Horticultural Training and Development Award...
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Visitors’ Choice Awards announced by Inaugural Site in Buffalo

April 19, 2011
Smallwood Garden Club in Amherst

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site tallied your votes and announced the winners in its annual Victorian Christmas Visitors’ Choice voting. Each year, the stately Wilcox Mansion,  641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, where Theodore  Roosevelt took the oath of office, is decorated for the holidays by members in the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State,...
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Lend a hand– or some perennials– to Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

April 12, 2011
Fargo Estate Neighborhood Community Garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo is looking for volunteers to help break ground on new community gardens and open established gardens for the season. The work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17. While Grassroots Gardens now works with a total of 72 community gardens all...
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Feel a blast of spring at Botanical Gardens’ annual show in Buffalo

April 12, 2011
Delorme and Jenkins at Botanical Gardens in Buffalo NY

New and fresh designs await visitors at the annual Spring Flower Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. In the photo above, Shannon Delorme and her daughter, Brynn Jenkins, 11 months, enjoy the rustic fountain. Flowers take center stage in that panorama, but you can see swaths...
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Spicy scented sweet peas are the flower for April

April 5, 2011
Photo by Donna Brok

by Ruth Syron The sweet pea is a charming cool weather flower that is the April birth flower. It has a wonderful spicy, sweet scent that is delicate, yet substantial enough not to be missed. The sweet pea symbolizes “thank you for a lovely time.”  I think this meaning fits the scent of the...
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Is your African violet feeling blue? Time to repot!

April 5, 2011
cutting roots on African violet in Buffalo NY

By Ruth Syron Does your African violet look dull? Do its leaves droop? Does it lack blooms and have a long neck? It is time to repot. African violets require rich, well drained soil to flourish. Bagged specialty soil made for violets is good, and it’s better if blended with equal parts of peat moss,...
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Landowners, volunteers can help with planting projects along water

April 5, 2011
planting along water Buffalo Niagara

Volunteers, as well as people who own land along the Niagara River, Buffalo River or creeks, are needed for planting projects to restore the habitat along the water’s edge. The projects are part of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s Habitat Restoration Program and Restore Corps. Landowners If you own land on the Niagara River, Buffalo River...
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