Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

‘Solution gardening’ encompasses several gardening trends

February 9, 2016
nepeta from Proven Winners

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gardeners aren’t looking for plants, they’re looking for solutions, Dr. Allan Armitage told the audience of professionals and Master Gardeners at PLANT WNY’s Education Day on Feb. 5 in Depew. Armitage, a perennial guru, wrote the books Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Armitage’s Garden Perennials and Armitage’s Native Plants for North American...
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5 gardening lessons to learn from this ladybug story

February 2, 2016
ladybug larva

by Connie Oswald Stofko Awhile back, some gardeners went to Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, looking for advice. Every branch of their spirea had been coated with aphids. And if that wasn’t enough, now they had these new insects, ugly things. They brought some specimens in a small plastic bag and showed Teresa...
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What you probably don’t know about potting an amaryllis, but wish you did

January 26, 2016
'Star of Holland' amaryllis at Buffalo Botanical Gardens by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko I have a bunch of amaryllis bulbs in two large pots, and I would like to separate them and move some into another pot. I asked David Clark, nationally and internationally known gardening educator, for some tips. His first suggestion: Don’t do it. “Amaryllis likes to be root-bound,” Clark said....
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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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How to keep your Christmas tree fresh until February

December 1, 2015
Christmas trees suspended from ceiling Goodman's Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko Ray Crawley and his family usually take their Christmas tree down around Jan. 1, but last year the tree was looking so good, they left it up until almost February. “I guess it’s like a flower arrangement,” Crawley said. Since it stayed fresh, they decided to enjoy it a little...
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Is your garden ready for winter? Last-minute checklist for WNY

November 24, 2015
autumn trees at sunset South Park in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko I saw a few snowflakes fluttering in the air yesterday evening, but you may live in an area of Western New York that got some snow accumulation. And all of us gardeners have experienced cold temperatures. A lot of us were caught off guard by overnight lows in the teens...
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Save those straw bales; grow vegetable plants in them next spring

November 17, 2015
straw bale gardening

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you are using a straw bale in your autumn decorations, don’t throw it away! You can grow tomatoes and other vegetables in it next spring. I saw photos of the technique called straw bale gardening on the Vegetable Gardeners of WNY Facebook page. I was delighted that Gina and...
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Gladiolus: How to get it through the winter in Western New York

November 10, 2015
orange gladiolus

Here’s a question from a reader: Is it necessary  or advised to cut gladiolus  down before winter? Thank you. I enjoy reading your tips. Diane  Wacker Town of Tonawanda I was surprised by this question. It never occurred to me that you might cut off the foliage; I thought you were supposed to bring...
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11 excuses to get outside and enjoy this warm, sunny fall weather in Western New York

November 3, 2015
11 excuses to get outside and enjoy this warm, sunny fall weather in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko What a forecast! For the next few days, it’s supposed to be unseasonably warm in Western New York, with highs in the high 60s– even 70s– Fahrenheit. That’s too good to miss. Need an excuse to get outside and enjoy this great November weather? Here are 11. Prepare for spring by...
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Make the most of these wonderful autumn leaves in Western New York

October 27, 2015
street trees in autumn in Western New York by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko This has been a gorgeous autumn with a wonderful display of autumn leaves. Now that those leaves are falling, let’s put them to use. Crunch them for compost or mulch If you have a lawn mower with a bag on it, it’s easy for you to crunch up and collect...
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