Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Now is time to get annuals– along with advice you didn’t even know you needed!

June 21, 2016
dichondra in window box in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko It was well into June when I finally turned my attention to the window boxes on my front porch, which is the main point of interest in my plain front yard. It seemed like every other gardener in Western New York had their pots of annuals out already, and I...
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Shrubs & trees rescued from the trash find good homes in Lancaster

June 21, 2016
shrubs in garden in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s something you wouldn’t guess when you look at the garden island in the backyard of Ron and Kathleen Krebs on South Irwinwood, Lancaster. All of those shrubs and trees, including the large arborvitae on one end and the red twig dogwood on the other, were picked out of the...
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5 tips for making an impact in your landscape without flowers

June 14, 2016
coleus Lord Voldemort in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko “You don’t have to have a flower to make an impact,” said Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You can see that lesson on display at this year’s Celebration of Coleus and Color, which is again sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. The show will...
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How to grow onions that are big

June 14, 2016
onion transplants in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A gardener asked me awhile back to do a story on how to grow onions that are big– like the ones you can get in the grocery store. I know nothing about growing onions, so I talked to Jen Weber, retail manager at Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Rd., West...
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Choose plants that appeal to pollinators, plus more great tips for June

June 14, 2016
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

When adding new plants to your garden, choose those that support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects. They love fall asters. That’s one of the tips for June contained in WNY Gardening Matters, published monthly by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Another tip: Apple trees usually set more...
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Want flowers? Think of smaller, compact shrubs

May 31, 2016
elderberry sambucus black lace

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you’re shopping for plants for your garden, don’t overlook shrubs. Many shrubs will give you lovely flowers, and there are smaller, more compact varieties of shrubs available that won’t overpower your yard, said Ray Crawley, store manager at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. First, let...
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Four great annuals that you might not know about

May 24, 2016
agastache Acapulco salmon and pink

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you’re tired of using the same annuals every year or you’re new to gardening and don’t know where you start, here are some interesting suggestions for annuals from Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. These plants all like sun. Varieties of cuphea “It’s a nice, reliable, good overall plant,”...
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Use local garden centers when shopping for plants

May 24, 2016
rows flowers Goodman's Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you go out to buy plants this weekend– or at any time– turn to your local garden centers. They often have interesting plants that you can’t get in the big box stores. More important, many of the garden centers are growers, too. They know about plants and have folks...
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Here’s an easy way to deadhead annuals in hanging baskets

May 24, 2016
how to deadhead hanging basket by shaking

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s an easy way to deadhead some annuals in hanging baskets. I got this great tip from Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens during the recent Great Plant Sale. Instead of picking off the dead flowers one by one, hold the basket...
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No, there’s no labeling on use of neonicotinoids in plants or seeds

May 24, 2016
bee and milkweed flower in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got this question from a reader: Hi Connie, How can we be sure that we aren’t buying plants that have been treated with neonics, or grown from seeds containing neonics? Is there a standard label to look for? Or certain brands that don’t deal in them? Thanks. Kristen Buffalo...
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