Archive for September, 2011

Bring your annuals inside to survive our Buffalo winter

September 27, 2011
bringing annuals in for the winter in Buffalo3

You’ve nurtured your annuals all summer long, but you know that it won’t be long now before we have a frost in the Buffalo area that will mark the end of these lovely plants. In the how-to video below, Anne, a Buffalo gardener, shows you how to take cuttings inside for the winter so...
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Four reasons why fall is the time to start a garden in Buffalo area

September 27, 2011
leucanthemum superbum shasta daisy

It’s officially autumn in Buffalo. Whether you’re a beginner and want to start a garden for the first time or you’re an experienced gardener and want to start new beds, now is the time to do it. Mark Van Buren, owner of  Zehr’s on the Lake, offers four big reasons why it’s actually better...
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The Unstill Life of Plants: Get a look at all the movement you’ve missed

September 26, 2011
Corn seedlings bend toward the light.

Gardeners don’t think of plants as moving creatures. After all, plants can’t pull up their roots and scoot over to a more pleasant spot in the garden. But plants do move.  Plants stretch and bow and bend as they search for light, and they move in other ways, too. Unfortunately for us, their movements...
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Special coupon from Perry’s Nurseries in West Seneca

September 23, 2011
Special coupon from Perry’s Nurseries in West Seneca

Print this page and take the coupon to Perry’s Nurseries, 5203 Seneca St., West Seneca, to receive half off trees and shrubs. The coupon is valid from Sept. 23 through Nov. 10, 2011. This is a special coupon for readers of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com! (If you’d like to print the coupon by itself, here’s how you...
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Five tips on choosing the right tree for your Buffalo-area yard

September 20, 2011
Birch tree in Buffalo NY area

You need to do a little planning when choosing a tree for your garden or yard. Unlike a smaller plant, you can’t move a tree each year trying to find the perfect location. You need to pick the right tree for your yard, and the right spot for your tree. We talked to Curt...
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Master Gardener training scheduled for fall, anyone can register

September 20, 2011
Master gardener program in Niagara County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County is offering the Master Gardener Training Program this fall. You don’t need to be a resident of Niagara County to participate in this program. These classes provide participants with basic training in a variety of horticultural subjects using class lectures, group discussion questions, quizzes and hands-on activities in...
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Should you prune roses in fall or spring in WNY? Hint: not fall!

September 20, 2011
rose from Albion garden

Here’s a question I got from Diane, a reader: “I would love it if you would settle a long-standing debate regarding roses in the Western New York area.  Cut them down in fall or spring?” Lillian Stiegler, president of the Western New York Rose Society, responds, “You don’t prune your roses in the fall. The only...
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Steps to help your garden mums get through winter in Buffalo area

September 13, 2011
garden mum Symphony

Garden mums aren’t annuals, but they’re not exactly perennials, either. They will come back next year– if you take the proper steps and are lucky. “They’re called garden mums (rather than perennial or hardy mums) because sometimes they don’t winter over,” explained Ron Heimiller, president and head grower at  Heimiller Greenhouses in Newfane. Whether...
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Three great tips for enjoying your Buffalo-area garden in early fall

September 13, 2011
fall garden tip from Albion NY

Sometimes as I write a story, I find that I have a great nugget of information, but it just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the story. These nuggets are too good to waste, so I’ve pulled together  three tips to help you enjoy your garden during the fall. Fall Gardening Tip...
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Update: Where you can get worms for composting in the Buffalo area

September 6, 2011
composting with worms in Buffalo Ny

A lot of you have asked where you can get red worms for composting. In an April article, we told you that Buffalo Reuse was planning to sell worms for composting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ll have a stock available anytime soon, so your best bet is to go to a bait shop....
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