Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Lighting adds ambiance to Moroccan-themed garden in Tonawanda

July 22, 2014
Lighting adds ambiance to Moroccan-themed garden in Tonawanda

by Connie Oswald Stofko Great lighting set the mood for a Moroccan-themed garden during the nighttime garden walk of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour held this past weekend. The event also included a daytime garden walk. Richard Levy of 122 Pickford Ave., Tonawanda, chose a Morrocan theme because his father’s family is from that part...
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Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

July 22, 2014
Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: I have several spiderwort (transcandentia) in a variety of colors. I love the plants, however, their bloom only lasts until late afternoon, then they close up. Is there anything I can do to extend their bloom time or is this just typical of...
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South Buffalo gardener uses simple fence to keep peace with her puppy

July 15, 2014
South Buffalo gardener uses simple fence to keep peace with her puppy

by Connie Oswald Stofko Shiloh, not quite two years old, is still a puppy. She’s well behaved, but she has one puppy behavior that could be maddening to a gardener. She likes to dig holes and bury bones– in the garden! Her owner, Justine Tutuska, came up with a creative way to keep her...
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Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

July 14, 2014
Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

by Connie Oswald Stofko I love Western New York gardeners. I tried waiting out the rain Sunday, but it just kept getting worse, so around 1 p.m. I made my way out to the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, a garden walk that covers parts of Amherst and Cheektowaga. I stopped at the home of Terrie...
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Plant food now: broccoli & other veggies from seed for fall as well as fruit trees & bushes

July 8, 2014
Plant food now: broccoli & other veggies from seed for fall as well as fruit trees & bushes

by Connie Oswald Stofko If your garden was wet or you were busy and didn’t get any food plants in your garden this spring, don’t fret. It’s not too late. You can plant vegetables, including broccoli, from seed. You can also plant fruit trees and bushes. Vegetables Now is the time to plant seeds...
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Gardeners take advantage of sloped backyard; see it on Amherst Garden Walk

July 8, 2014
Gardeners take advantage of sloped backyard; see it on Amherst Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko A natural slope creates a terraced effect in the backyard of Darryl Moden and Chuck Hidy, and they take advantage of it with features including a Medina stone wall and steps leading up to a pergola that serves as a gateway to the top tier. This is one of about...
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Newcomers to Buffalo like how garden evolves with help from neighbors

July 8, 2014
Newcomers to Buffalo like how garden evolves with help from neighbors

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Going into my garden is like going into another world,”  said Lyne Richmond.  “It’s very peaceful. “So much of what’s in my garden is from my neighbors, and that gives it more meaning.” Lyne and her husband Ken live at 81 Larchmont Rd., Buffalo. You can see their garden during...
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Show off your talent in container design contest at Mischler’s & you could win great prizes

July 1, 2014
Show off your talent in container design contest at Mischler’s & you could win great prizes

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, which has won awards for its own container designs, gives you a chance to show off your talent and possibly win a great prize in its new Container Design Competition to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at Mischler’s, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. It’s free to enter. The first, second...
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Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

July 1, 2014
Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

By Connie Oswald Stofko Linda and Jaime Klubek of 48 Cadman Dr., Williamsville, have so many gardens they have named them. There’s the Asian garden featuring decorations influenced by that part of the world; the art garden, which features original glass creations made by Linda as well as statues and recycled items; the frog garden,...
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Make it look like a garden & not just a collection of plants, plus how to avoid digging new beds

July 1, 2014
Make it look like a garden & not just a collection of plants, plus how to avoid digging new beds

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Before, it just looked like a collection of plants,” said Elaine Clutterbuck of 728 Crescent Ave., Buffalo. “Now it looks like a garden.” What did the trick? Pathways. “I think the pathways are what made the garden,” she said, looking around her attractive backyard. “Before, it didn’t look like it...
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