Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

New owner tries to preserve history of the home’s landscape in Williamsville

June 30, 2015
New owner tries to preserve history of the home’s landscape in Williamsville

by Connie Oswald Stofko Rather than just rip out the overgrown jungle that she found in her yard when she moved into her home six years ago, Jennifer Matyjasik is trying to preserve the history of the 1930s house and honor the avid gardener who once lived there. Her neighbors told her that the...
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Tea plants are back; get other unusual fruit, nut & berry plants at Lockwood’s

June 30, 2015
sochi tea plant from One Green World

When we first told you about Sochi tea plants— the kind of plants you can use to make a cup of tea– they were so popular, they sold out. Well, Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, has them back in stock. You can keep these plants outside in the summer, but bring them inside...
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Help a reader: How can you keep squirrels from eating your tomatoes?

June 29, 2015
squirrel eating on roof

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below. Does anyone have suggestions for deterring squirrels? Every year my friendly neighborhood squirrel gets in my garden eats my tomatoes. He even actually...
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Native plants and large greenhouse are attractions in this Parkside garden

June 23, 2015
overall view of Bonnie Brooks' yard in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko The yard of Carrie Brooks, 773 Crescent Ave., Buffalo, is filled with plants, and many of them have a story. The forsythia came from a bouquet her daughter gave her. The branches stayed in the vase of water too long and rooted, so she planted them. After the bush has...
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Despite Snowvember storm, garden is ready for Buzz Around Hamburg

June 23, 2015
waterfall in Hamburg NY garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can see a huge decorative ruler topped with a snowflake, which, in the winter, marks how much snow is on the ground in the backyard of Linda Washut and Kathleen Kelkenberg, 175 Highland Ave., Hamburg. It measures all the way up to four feet. “We got it at a...
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Help this reader: How should she prepare her garden for her first garden walk?

June 23, 2015
aviary and street clock in garden in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question I received from a reader: Hi Connie, thanks for your newsletter, it’s always so informative! I have entered the Amherst Garden Walk this year. As a part-time transplant Buffalonian, I am unsure of what will be blooming on July 11, the day of the walk. I like...
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Get tips on going big from this West Seneca garden

June 16, 2015
Jerry Powarski in his garden in West Seneca

by Connie Oswald Stofko Go big. That’s the lesson I took away from the gardens of Jerry Powarski of George Dr., West Seneca. Powarski gave me a sneak peek last week as a preview of the West Seneca Tour of Gardens, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,...
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8 reasons why the Botanical Gardens uses coleus– & why you should, too

June 9, 2015
coleus Kingswood Torch at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Coleus doesn’t get showy flowers, yet it’s the featured plant in the Celebration of Coleus and Color show that starts Saturday, June 13 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Even without an emphasis on flowers, this exhibit is a favorite among some visitors...
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Tip: Plant Egyptian walking onions & mark your calendar for Lewiston GardenFest

June 9, 2015
Lewiston GardenFest

by Connie Oswald Stofko Carol Ann Harlos will give a talk on herbs at the 10th annual Lewiston GardenFest, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, on Center Street in Lewiston. I asked her to share one tip as a preview. “Plant Egyptian walking onions,”...
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Help a reader: Is it safe to use concrete reinforcing wire around tomatoes?

May 26, 2015
yarn around tomato cage in Buffalo NY area

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this gardening question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. Can we use concrete reinforcing wire in our gardens? If you can answer his question, please leave a comment below. Here’s the whole question: Hi Connie.  I have a question for you...
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