Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Creative garden retaining wall is made of books; see other examples of walls

April 21, 2015
garden retaining wall made of books in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is a good time to install hardscapes in your yard—things like paths, trellises and retaining walls for raised beds and slopes. Here’s a creative idea for a retaining wall that I saw at Plantasia in March. It’s made out of old books. While this wall was in place for...
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Animal lovers: Show your feelings with statues & markers for your garden

April 21, 2015
dog and cat with halo from Goodman's Farm Market in Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko One marker says “Dog crossing” and another announces “I love my cat.” For gardeners who don’t want to take sides, there’s a marker that says “Bless all the creatures of the garden.” Express your feelings for whatever animal has stolen your heart with garden ornaments from Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls....
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Moonflower opens before your eyes; it’s a new offering at Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale

April 14, 2015
ScabiosaBabyBlue from Ivy Garth

by Connie Oswald Stofko The moonflower (Oenothera acaulis, also known as a mountain dandelion) is an amazing plant. The light yellow flowers open in the evening, and they open so fast you can watch it happen in real time. “They open before your very eyes like time-lapse photography,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and...
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Tips for planting an unused space: the ‘hellstrip’ between street & sidewalk

April 7, 2015
hellstrip with flowers in Buffalo NY view from sidewalk

by Connie Oswald Stofko People call it the “hellstrip.” It’s that section between the sidewalk and street where people generally grow nothing but grass. It’s where the plows deposit the heavy, salty snow from the street. Garbage cans get tossed there. Dogs do their business there. What in the world could you grow there?...
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Get a bulb garden at Mischler’s to enjoy a taste of spring

March 30, 2015
bulb gardens from Mischler's in Williamsville

Yes, the calendar says it’s spring, but it might not feel much like spring in your garden. Even if you have daffodils and hyacinths poking up in your beds, there probably aren’t any blooms to pick and bring inside. Get a taste of springtime with an indoor bulb garden. They’re available at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses,...
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How to force cherry blossoms; Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom Ball is April 2

March 24, 2015
cherry blossoms in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s easy to force cherry blossoms, say the organizers of Buffalo’s Cherry Blossom Ball, and the technique can be used on other branches including forsythia, apple and plum. Forced cherry branches will be used in centerpieces for the ball, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April...
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Start seeds inside now for cool-weather crops; start seeds for tomatoes in a few weeks in WNY

March 10, 2015
Start seeds inside now for cool-weather crops; start seeds for tomatoes in a few weeks in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s finally time for us to start thinking about starting seeds inside! Cool-weather vegetables Let’s keep our fingers crossed that all this snow melts at a nice, steady pace so that our garden beds will be dry enough to for us to plant cool-weather vegetables in April. As the folks...
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Amaryllis reminder: Don’t cut off the leaves

March 3, 2015
'Star of Holland' amaryllis at Buffalo Botanical Gardens by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many of you may have received an amaryllis bulb or plant over the holidays, and you’d like to get it to rebloom indoors next year. It’s not hard to do. However, I’ve heard from a couple people that they were told to cut back the plant after it has finished...
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A natural slope adds interest to colorful shade garden in Hamburg; garden walks are coming!

February 17, 2015
steps in Whittemore garden in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A natural slope combined with raised beds add interest to the Hamburg yard of Barb and Dave Whittemore. “There are seven steps to the top deck,” Dave pointed out. “We really have vistas with this. The elevations make a world of difference. That’s one thing I really enjoy.” A screened-in...
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I want that: How to apply what you see on garden walks to your own yard

February 10, 2015
red windows and trellis at DiMino in Lockport

by Connie Oswald Stofko What is this garden showing me? That’s what gardening expert Sally Cunningham will help you learn in one of four talks she will present during the WNY Home & Garden Expo at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The expo will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb...
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