Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Last-minute autumn tasks for gardens in Western New York

November 18, 2014
watering garden in late autumn in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Everybody in Western New York is supposed to get some snow today, and some of us may get a lot of snow. The temperatures are bitter. Is your garden ready for winter? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, shares some last-minute autumn tasks for your...
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What do you need to do to get boxwood through the winter in Western New York?

November 18, 2014
boxwood by Karan A Rawlins U of Georgia bugwood.org

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got a question from a reader that I thought might interest a lot of people: “I planted three baby boxwood shrubs in my front flower bed this spring (in West Seneca/South Buffalo). They are still very small, but have started sprouting new growth and I’m concerned about the cold...
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Suburban sprawl isn’t taking habitat from deer; it’s creating havens for them

November 11, 2014
deer eating at Tift Farm in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re a gardener who has complained about deer eating your plants, you’ve probably had someone respond with “Well, the deer were here first.” But gardeners who have been in their house for a few decades insist they were there before the deer. They’re right. While many people think that...
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Control sunchokes by planting them in pots; I’ll share sunchokes with you

November 4, 2014
sunchokes in pot in Amherst NY

What’s not to like about sunchokes? They grow dramatically in one season, reaching heights of 10 feet. In September, when other plants are losing steam, sunchokes are just starting to flower. They add a lot of interest to your garden. Plus you can eat them! Find out more about sunchokes  (also called Jerusalem artichokes)...
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Save yourself some cleanup: Line kitchen scrap container with shredded paper & add to compost

November 4, 2014
shredded paper for compost

by Connie Oswald Stofko A lot us of keep a container in the kitchen so we can collect potato peels, orange rinds, tea bags and other scraps for our compost pile. I use an old plastic container that has a cracked lid. Your container might be as simple as a used coffee can. You...
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Tar spot affects maple leaves in WNY; is there anything you can do about it?

October 28, 2014
Tar spot affects maple leaves in WNY; is there anything you can do about it?

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have noticed black circles on the maple leaves in your neighborhood. That’s called tar spot  because it looks like drops of tar were dripped onto the leaves. Tar spot is caused by a fungus and attacks mostly sugar maples, but can affect other maples as well, said Carol Ann...
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5 tips to make the most of autumn leaves in your garden

October 21, 2014
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you know that there are people who essentially throw their leaves away? They rake them out to the curb and wait for someone to haul them away. I find that amazing because those autumn leaves are a valuable commodity for your garden– yet they’re free! Here are five tips...
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Got clay? Don’t want to dig? Want a new bed over lawn? Try lasagna gardening in autumn

October 14, 2014
Got clay? Don’t want to dig? Want a new bed over lawn? Try lasagna gardening in autumn

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s autumn, and here’s an outside project you can do today: create a lasagna garden. Lasagna gardening is a method where you apply material to your garden bed in layers, like in a lasagna. Lasagna gardening has several advantages: You don’t have to till or dig your garden bed. The...
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Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

October 14, 2014
Question: What happened to the color on the hydrangea tree blossoms?

Here’s a question from a reader: Hi!  I have another hydrangea tree question. My H. Paniculata Limelight is now three years old. The first two years I had large blooms that started out slightly green, changed to a bright white, then turned pink. (See the bright white blooms here.) This year there were many...
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Four things to do in your early autumn garden

September 30, 2014
tomatoes in early autumn Amherst NY

It’s officially autumn in Western New York, but that doesn’t mean we’re done working in our gardens. We’ve had a lovely stretch of warm and sunny weather, so it’s been a pleasure to work outside, and that pleasant weather should continue for a few more days. Whether you want to be productive or are...
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