Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Frost is only weeks (days?) away in WNY; protect tender plants to prolong growing season

September 16, 2014
frostfog courtesy Donna Brok Garden Walk Garden Talk

It’s just a matter of weeks (or perhaps days) before we get frost in Western New York. Although he doesn’t know of any parts of Western New York that have gotten frost yet, there was a frost advisory Sunday night for the Town of Andover in Allegany County, said Mark Holt, Agriculture-Horticulture community educator...
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Should you treat mums as perennials or annuals?

September 9, 2014
mass of mums at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Are mums perennials? For almost all the varieties that you will find for sale in Western New York, the answer is no. Local growers will call them fall mums or garden mums, but they won’t call them hardy because they’re not. And they definitely won’t call them perennials. There are...
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Learn the secret of this award-winning container– It lasts from spring to winter!

September 2, 2014
three season container planting from Mischler's in Williamsville

Here’s a great container called “Winter Green” created by Mark Yadon of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. You can plant up a container like this in spring and enjoy it throughout summer, autumn and even into winter. “It will stay nice probably until Christmas, even if it gets snowed on,”...
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Reminder: Don’t use fertilizers containing phosphorus on your lawn

September 2, 2014
dew on blades grass in lawn in Western New York

In order to help protect our waterways, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding gardeners not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. The 2012 Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers unless a new lawn is being established or a soil test shows that...
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Get tips on spring-flowering bulbs and more at Lockwood’s Fall Garden Fair Sept. 6 & 7

August 26, 2014
cut tulips in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Winter is too long,” said David Clark, horticulturist and national garden speaker.”With our Western New York winters, it’s nice to have something pop up in mid- to late winter.” That’s why he recommends planting spring bulbs– The first ones can come up when there’s still snow on the ground. “I...
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Create a no-bending, no-kneeling garden like this one in Buffalo

August 5, 2014
Create a no-bending, no-kneeling garden like this one in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko JoAnn Yager has a small garden along the fence in her backyard, but the plants there struggle. “They never grew,” she said, “and it was too hard bending and weeding.” This year she tried something new. Her reward is that she is surrounded by flowers and herbs and vegetables, plus...
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Trellis can support vines & shade lettuce; see 3 examples from Lockwood’s community garden

August 5, 2014
Trellis can support vines & shade lettuce; see 3 examples from Lockwood’s community garden

You can provide support for vining vegetables such as squash or cucumbers, while at the same time providing shade for lettuce, which likes cooler temperatures, with a simple trellis. I saw three different examples built by clever gardeners earlier this summer at the community garden at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Anyone can...
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A lot of garden is packed into small Buffalo yard– ponds, falls, hot tub & many plants

July 29, 2014
A lot of garden is packed into small Buffalo yard– ponds, falls, hot tub & many plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko The description of this yard on the Garden Walk Buffalo map summed it up perfectly: A lot of garden crammed into a tiny space. Bruce and Renée Adams of 533 Auburn, Buffalo, have a backyard that is about 36 feet wide but only 20 feet deep, yet they manage to...
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Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

July 22, 2014
Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

by Connie Oswald Stofko Barb Ciesla and her husband Henry had a front yard with a line of yew bushes straight across the front. She wanted something more interesting and decided to redo the entire front. “I’m 60 years old and I don’t want to do it all again,” Ciesla said. “I don’t want...
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Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

July 22, 2014
Help a reader: Can you prolong the bloom of a spiderwort?

by Connie Oswald Stofko I received this question from a reader: I have several spiderwort (transcandentia) in a variety of colors. I love the plants, however, their bloom only lasts until late afternoon, then they close up. Is there anything I can do to extend their bloom time or is this just typical of...
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