Archive for August, 2011

There’s a lot to do in fall garden; get more info at garden fair Sept. 10

August 30, 2011
fall color in Sally Cunningham's garden

By Sally Cunningham As the kids go back to school and the calendar page turns to September, many gardeners and homeowners seem to hear a bell that says “The End. That’s it. Close up the garden.” And that’s just wrong. We have to change the paradigm. We can do so much in the late...
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Garden slugs prefer Budweiser to other American, Canadian beers

August 30, 2011
slug photo from Kathryn Olmstead

If your garden has ever been bothered by slugs, you probably already know this great tip about beer. Take an old pie tin, splash in some beer, and set the tin near  your affected plants. The slugs crawl in and meet their doom. What you may not know is that slugs prefer Budweiser. At...
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Teens create teaching garden on Buffalo’s East Side

August 23, 2011
teaching garden on Buffalo's East Side

Children on Buffalo’s East Side have a wonderful place to learn about gardening and nutrition, thanks to the teenagers on the Green Team, an environmental job training program for high school students run by Groundwork Buffalo. The Green Team created a teaching garden at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo. In...
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Buffalo area gardeners can take steps to prevent pest invasions

August 23, 2011
Japanese beetle in Buffalo NY area

by Connie Oswald Stofko Buffalo-area gardeners are familiar with the Japanese beetle. These bugs are pretty, but so damaging to our gardens. As you might guess from the name, Japanese beetles come from Japan, where they’re not much of a nuisance because their natural enemies keep them in check. In our area, grubs damage...
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Herb gadgets make it easier for you to preserve your crop

August 16, 2011
Herb Tools from Mischler's in Amherst NY

The right tool for the job can make your work easier. If you grow herbs, check out the fun selection of herb tools available at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd. (between Main St. and Wehrle Dr.), Williamsville. Cut your sprigs into strips or mince away with a multiblade scissor. Use the rocking...
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Botanical Gardens offering horticulture certificate program

August 16, 2011
orchid at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is offering a Horticulture I Certificate Program, with the first class set for Oct. 1. The program is for the serious gardener as well as for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes.  (Basic...
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Buffalo group to sell a variety of easy-to-grow daylilies on Saturday

August 16, 2011
daylily 10

Beginning and experienced gardeners alike enjoy daylilies. Daylilies are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they’re so easy to grow in the Buffalo area. (Heck, a plant that’s easy to grow is something we all love!) The experienced gardener who’s always looking for something new can appreciate the wide range of colors and...
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Garden been too dry? Underground sprinkler system can help

August 9, 2011
Garden been too dry? Underground sprinkler system can help

In May, my garden was so boggy I thought I’d never have to water again. In June, my garden was hard as a rock. In July, we had that hot, dry spell. During the past week, we finally got some rain, but there wasn’t much. You should have been watering, too. If you can’t...
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Black Rock and Riverside shine during nighttime garden walk

August 9, 2011
Black Rock and Riverside shine during nighttime garden walk

“I love the lights,” said Rosie Dubravac of 74 Simon St., Buffalo. That’s why she opened her yards for the Starry Night Garden Tour, the evening portion of the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 6. It was the last garden walk of the season in Western New York. Dubravac...
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Blooming in Buffalo area gardens now, gladiolus is flower for August

August 9, 2011
purple gladiolus in Buffalo NY area

The gladiolus, which is blooming in many Buffalo-area gardens now,  is the birthday flower for August. I’m told you’re supposed to plant gladiolus bulbs in spring. That explains why they didn’t come up the first time I planted them– I planted them in the fall. After that fiasco, I again planted gladioluses (the plural...
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