Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

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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Invest in plant tags, plus three more tips for shopping & planting

May 19, 2015
hanging baskets at Lockwoods in Hamburg by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko Spring is so unpredictable in Western New York. In early May, we had temperatures in the 80s, and it was tempting to get our tender annuals and vegetables in our garden beds. But last week we had frost warnings. That’s why it’s a good idea to follow the rule of...
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Shade gardeners: new ‘Bounce’ may be good alternative to impatiens

May 12, 2015
Impatiens Bounce courtesy Ball Horticultural

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gardeners who are looking for colorful flowers for the shade have a promising alternative to impatiens called ‘Bounce’. A few years ago, downy mildew began killing impatiens walleriana, the regular old impatiens that shade gardeners depended on for decades. Ever since then, gardeners have been looking for alternatives. See some...
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Can you help this reader with a lawn problem?

May 12, 2015
lawn problem from Martha Neri of Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader came to me with a gardening question. Do you have any suggestions on how she can resolve her problem? If so, please leave a comment. Here’s her question: I have an area of my lawn that has had moss, bare spots and grayish/brown grass for several years. It...
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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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