Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

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
UB GROW House

  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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Learn about biotechnology and its effects in a three-part webinar series

September 22, 2015
corn tassles poster by Stofko

What is biotechnology? What effect does it have on our environment? Learn more in this three-part webinar series with a panel of six university researchers sharing their perspectives on biotechnology in our food production systems. Each session will end with an audience Q & A. Join the conversation. A webinar is a live meeting that...
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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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Help bees, butterflies & other pollinators

June 2, 2015
bee flying into hosta flower in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether we want to grow food or enjoy beautiful flowers, pollinators are so important to our gardens that an entire week has been dedicated to them. About 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators, according to Pollinator Partnership, which works to protect the health of these animals...
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You can help protect bees from toxins; learn more at Honey Bee Festival

April 29, 2014
bee from Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Let the clover and dandelions grow in your lawn. Minimize your pesticide use, too, especially on flowers that are attractive to honey bees. Those are ways gardeners can help with the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, said Reed Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State...
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Learn more about invasive species during monthly teleconferences, videos

March 25, 2014
Learn more about invasive species during monthly teleconferences, videos

You can find information on invasive species through the 2014 New York State Invasive Species Speaker Series organized by Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). Selected recordings can be found at the  NY Invasives You Tube Channel. People who don’t feel tech savvy may feel most comfortable accessing the information there. If you’re...
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Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

March 11, 2014
Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds do it. Bees do it. And birds and bees help plants do it. In the video below, we bring you a sneak peek of “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life  of Plants,” the kick-off presentation of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Science Café Series. In this entertaining video,...
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