Archive for March, 2012

Bizarre weather in Buffalo area– What should gardeners do?

March 27, 2012
plum tree in Buffalo NY area

We’ve had record-setting high temperatures in the Buffalo area. There have been long strings of warm–even hot–days. All of our spring plants are two to four weeks ahead of schedule. It felt as if summer weather was here to stay. But it’s still only March, and we knew the warm weather wouldn’t continue. In...
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Speed up your compost pile by balancing key ingredients

March 27, 2012
leaves for garden compost in Buffalo NY

In an earlier article, we told you why you should save autumn leaves and we gave you some basic information on composting. In another article, we gave you more details on what to put in your compost pile. Today we’re going to give you more advanced information on composting. If you’re willing to put...
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Spring has arrived in Buffalo! Six things to do in your garden today

March 20, 2012
cold wave pansy from Mischler's in Williamsville NY

I spotted my first robin last week. My crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths are blooming. The weather has been amazingly mild– bordering on hot! And the calendar says that today is the vernal equinox. Any way you look at it, spring has arrived in Buffalo, and we gardeners are raring to go. Here are six...
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Black petunias & annuals that grow in dry or shady areas in Buffalo

March 20, 2012
'Phantom' petunia sold in Buffalo NY area

We promised to tell you more about annuals that will work well in your Buffalo area garden. Today we’re going to talk about a black annual, a drought-tolerant annual and a shade annual with colorful leaves. Bonus: If you love impatiens for shade, try a new variety that you can plant in sun. These...
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Fairy gardens are fun new trend for Buffalo– great for small spaces, too

March 13, 2012
closeup in fairy garden in Buffalo NY area

Fairy gardens have such a wide appeal, it’s easy to see why they’ve become such a hot new trend in the Buffalo area. Fairy gardens are great for people with limited space, for people who want to share gardening with a child, or for people who just like being creative. “Basically, a fairy garden...
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Look for new tulips at Botanical Gardens’ Spring Flower Show

March 13, 2012
Tulipa Double Late 'Lilac Perfection'

New varieties of tulips will be featured this year at the annual Spring Flower Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show will run from Saturday, March 24 though Sunday, April 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8  for seniors (55+) & students (13+), $5 for...
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Grants available for projects to get farm products to areas in need

March 13, 2012
vegetables from Microsoft clip art

The FreshConnect program, which brings fresh food from New York State farms to underserved communities, will award competitive grants to support projects that make New York farm products more accessible to low-income residents and areas in need. The deadline is April 2. In 2011, Governor Cuomo launched the FreshConnect program to create new farmers...
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4 tips on choosing proper tools for your garden in Buffalo area

March 6, 2012
gardening shovel Nellie Gardner featured image

Using the proper tools in your garden can make your life easier,  save you time and keep you out of the doctor’s office, said Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Gardner, along with her assistant, Norma Wiegley, will lead a workshop called “The Sharpest Tool in the Shed” from 6:30 to...
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3 annuals that perform well in container gardens in Buffalo area

March 6, 2012
Mandevilla Pretty Crimson in Buffalo NY area

In a previous article, we told you that using annuals in your Buffalo area garden can help give you constant bloom. Today we’ll tell you about three more great annuals that work well in containers. These suggestions were provided by the staff at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. Mandevilla “These are...
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