Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Are cinder blocks OK for vegetable gardens? Answers to that & other soil safety questions

September 29, 2015
raised bed made with cinder blocks

by Connie Oswald Stofko Is it safe to use cinder blocks in a raised bed, or might chemicals from the concrete blocks leach out of the blocks to contaminate your soil and food plants you grow there? Can you use pressure treated lumber? Can you grow food plants in the hellstrip, the area between...
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Help a reader: What perennials do you plant around tulips to cover the dying leaves?

September 15, 2015
tulips in Cleve-Hill Cheektowaga NY

Here’s a question from a reader: Does anyone have suggestions for perennials to plant with spring bulbs this fall that will emerge and cover the leaves of the tulips and daffodils after they bloom and then slowly turn yellow?  It’s a south-facing spot with much sun and good drainage, along my garage wall.  ...
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What you can do in your early autumn garden in Western New York

September 8, 2015
osteopermum by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko That muggy weather we’ve had this past week made it feel more like July than September. But Labor Day is over and kids are headed back to school. That makes many people think the gardening season is over. No it’s not! Here are a few reminders of things you can...
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Learn how to have a pretty garden while being kind to the environment at Lockwood’s Fall Fair

September 1, 2015
Learn how to have a pretty garden while being kind to the environment at Lockwood’s Fall Fair

by Connie Oswald Stofko We gardeners want to be kind to the environment, but it can seem so complicated. We may know that we should have a sustainable landscape, though many of us probably can’t define exactly what that means. We should be organic, which encompasses so many different gardening practices. Can we do...
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Vertical garden made from old gutters draws attention on last garden walk of year

August 11, 2015
red tire container garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We just really like recycling,” said Carrie Madigan, who gardens with her mother Patty Connors at 180 Crowley Ave., Buffalo. “I don’t want to buy something super expensive if I can make it.” Visitors saw many examples of her creative gardening on a budget during the 11th annual Black Rock...
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Owners add personal touches to established perennial garden in Buffalo

August 4, 2015
guests on front steps looking at garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko The established perennial garden in the front yard of 166 York St., Buffalo, was an added incentive for Nick and Marideth Heim to buy the home three years ago. That garden was one of more than 400 landscapes that were shared on Garden Walk Buffalo on July 25 and 26....
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Gardens bounced back from Snowvember Storm in time for South Buffalo Alive

July 28, 2015
front garden on South Buffao Alive

by Connie Oswald Stofko I heard something on South Buffalo Alive that I’ve never heard from a gardener on a garden walk before. “Right now everything is just about perfect,” Peter Clancy said as he surveyed his yard at 39 Edgewood, Buffalo, on July 19. Often gardeners will tell me about the spectacular flowers...
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You can still plant perennials & annuals– and there are sales!

July 21, 2015
begonia Whopper at Mischler's in Williamsville

by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot of gardeners seem to view Memorial Day weekend as a deadline. They think that all of their planting has to be done by then. Not true! “There is still lots of time to enjoy flowers,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest...
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Lighting gives yards ambiance during Night Lights in Ken-Ton

July 21, 2015
side garden on Ken-Ton night

by Connie Oswald Stofko Jim Aichinger and Tim Kuntz’s gardens are lovely during the day. “But when the lights come on, oh, it’s wonderful back here,” said Kuntz. They shared their Cornwall Avenue landscape during the Night Lights portion of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. The daytime...
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Containers decorated by gardener add charm to Lockport yard

July 21, 2015
wooden box holds annuals in Lockport

by Connie Oswald Stofko The gardens of Pat Arnold are filled with many flowers, including 30 rose bushes, but if you pause to look more closely, you’ll notice other elements that add to the gardens’ beauty. You might call it Buffalo-style garden art, or you might dub it upcycling. “It’s artwork I do from...
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