Archive for November, 2012

Need a gift for a gardener? Here are 5 great ideas

November 27, 2012
bird feeders in Amherst NY

People who want to buy a gift for a gardener often don’t know what to get. They see an item that they think might be nice, but then wonder if it’s really useful or whether the gardener already has it. Today we’re going to give you five suggestions for gifts that gardeners will love....
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Is your garden soil contaminated? What you should know

November 27, 2012
Is your garden soil contaminated? What you should know

Is the soil in your garden contaminated? If so, is it okay for you or your kids to be working in the soil? Will the vegetables you grow there be safe to eat? The answers to these questions are complicated, and we don’t have all the information we would like. That’s according to Hannah...
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Poinsettias are white and pink and speckled– explore new varieties

November 20, 2012
white glitter poinsettia in Amherst NY

The traditional poinsettia is beautiful with its red and green coloring, but there are many varieties that you might like even more. You can see many new and nontraditional varieties of poinsettias at Mischler’sFlorist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Mischler’s grows their poinsettias right in their greenhouses in Williamsville. A new one...
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5 tips for your late autumn garden and more items too good to miss

November 20, 2012
watering garden in late autumn in Buffalo NY

Five tips for the late autumn garden There is still plenty that you can do in your garden, including planting! Here are a few things you can accomplish in your garden right now. They come to us from Jeff Salmon, president of Arbordale Nurseries & Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. The soil is still...
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When I count my blessings on Thanksgiving, I think of you

November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving still life in Amherst NY

I hope this doesn’t sound corny, because I mean it. As we approach Thanksgiving, I realize that I have many things to be grateful for, and you are one of them. I started Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com a little more than two years ago. It seemed like a good idea, but there were so many unknowns. It...
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Use a nature theme to bridge from fall to winter decorating

November 13, 2012
glasses at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

When it comes to decorating, gardeners like to bring the outdoors inside, and using a nature theme actually makes it easier to transition from fall holidays to winter holidays. Pine cones are great transitional elements, said Mary Gurtler, designer at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The wine glasses in the photo above are...
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How to keep your canna lilies over the winter & 2 more tips

November 13, 2012
canna lilies by fence in Buffalo NY

“I haven’t bought canna lilies in years because they multiply,” said Kristen Suto of Busti Avenue, Buffalo. We visited her lush front yard, which has a view of the Niagara River, during Garden Walk Buffalo in July. Suto has canna lilies in pots and in beds throughout her gardens. The yellow flower in the...
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Easy way to turn a leftover pumpkin into a Thanksgiving centerpiece

November 6, 2012
pumpkins with succulents at Lockwoods in Hamburg NY

If you have a whole pumpkin left over from Halloween, here’s an easy way to fancy it up for Thanksgiving. This idea comes to us from Becky Watts, CNLP, garden consultant at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. Take a whole pumpkin. (Note that the green pumpkin in the photo is a real, fresh pumpkin. It’s a variety...
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Don’t waste those leaves! 3 tips to turn autumn leaves into compost

November 6, 2012
picking up autumn leaves in tarp in Amherst NY

Autumn leaves are so valuable for your garden. You can rake them onto garden beds to serve as mulch. This can help protect your plants during the winter. After that, many of us still have plenty of leaves left. These are great for compost. Here are three tips to make the most of your...
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