Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

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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Author Doug Tallamy to discuss how gardeners can help rebuild nature

May 3, 2016
monarch on milkweed

Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift, according to award-winning author Doug Tallamy. In an event organized by the Western New York Land Conservancy, Tallamy will present “Rebuilding...
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Grant to WNY Land Conservancy to aid restoration of Stella Niagara Preserve

April 25, 2016
Stella Niagara Preserve

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded $70,000 in two separate grants to the Western New York Land Conservancy. A transaction grant will support the Land Conservancy’s work in creating the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston—the most important and highest profile project in the Land Conservancy’s quarter-century...
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Rain barrels & composters for sale, plus gardening tips for Earth Day

April 19, 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko Just in time for Earth Day, a sale of rain barrels and compost bins is being held by Erie County and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. This year, a kitchen compost container and a compost turning tool will also be offered. Orders must be placed by May 20. You...
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Get rid of lesser celandine– It’s pretty, but it will take over your lawn

April 19, 2016
lesser celandine in Buffalo NY by Mike Fabrizio

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’ve been noticing the pretty yellow blooms of lesser celandine all over my neighborhood. It’s pretty, but it can take over your lawn. Here’s an email I recently got from a reader: I have this weed and it is now covering my entire back yard and is headed into the...
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A garden where you can have it all: Find out how at Erie County Master Gardener event

February 16, 2016
garden courtesy Kerry Ann Mendez

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you do it right, you can have pretty flowers while helping the environment–  and save time and money, too! Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, writer, speaker and consultant, will show you how to do that in two talks during the Education Day to be held by the Cornell Cooperative...
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There’s a new bug in Western New York and it might eat plants in your garden

December 8, 2015
Brown marmorated stink bug

by Dana Santasiero There’s a new bug in Western New York and there are two main things you need to know about it. First, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is called a stink bug because when you step on it, it smells. Second, it could eat the plants in your garden. The good news...
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Dream house for urban gardeners built by UB students took second place in competition

November 17, 2015

  by Dana Santasiero The GROW House is a dream for urban gardeners, especially in Western New York. Imagine being able to grow food during our harsh winters in our own homes. This is the idea of a team of students at the University at Buffalo who built the GROW House, an energy-efficient house...
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Indigenous knowledge and biodiversity to be topic of noted speaker

November 3, 2015
bee and milkweed flower in Buffalo

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., a member of the Potawatomi nation and a professor of environmental science, will speak on her culture and biodiversity at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Dr. Kimmerer will present “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous...
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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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