Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Start seeds outside now using milk jug, other containers in ‘winter sowing’

January 27, 2015
Start seeds outside now using milk jug, other containers in ‘winter sowing’

by Connie Oswald Stofko This is actually an update of a tip from David Clark, the nationally known horticulture speaker who teaches at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Winter sowing is great because it gives us gardeners in Western New York something to do when it’s cold and snowy out. You plant...
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Database helps you find trees, shrubs that work for your garden in WNY

January 27, 2015
Database helps you find trees, shrubs that work for your garden in WNY

  by Connie Oswald Stofko When we’re planning our gardens, so many of us forget about what should make up the backbone of our gardens: trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs are larger than most other plants in your garden, so you want to plan around them. Once you plant them, they should stay...
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Call 811 before you dig new garden to prevent damage to utility lines, injury

January 27, 2015
Call 811 before you dig new garden to prevent damage to utility lines, injury

Before you dig up an area for a new garden or plant a tree or dig holes for a fence, you should call 811 or use the online Single Address Ticket. When you call or make your request online, your local utilities come out– for free– and flag where their lines are so you...
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Rotate vegetable plants to prevent disease, discourage pests & keep soil healthy

January 13, 2015
Rotate vegetable plants to prevent disease, discourage pests & keep soil healthy

by Connie Oswald Stofko “People will tell me, ‘I’ve been growing tomatoes in this same spot for 15 years and I’ve never had a problem with disease,” said Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, garden writer and teacher. “I tell them, ‘You’ve been lucky.'” Harlos suggests that you rotate your plants in your vegetable garden...
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Lockwood’s last-minute gift ideas for a gardening friend– or yourself!

December 16, 2014
Gaultheria procumbens wintergreen at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some great last-minute gift ideas for gardeners from Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. They’re all plants that gardeners can enjoy in the house now for their flowers or berries, then plant outside in the spring and enjoy as perennials for years to come. Of course, you can...
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Do you need to refrigerate daffodil, tulip bulbs before forcing them indoors?

December 16, 2014
daffodil at Buffalo Botanical Gardens by Connie Oswald Stofko

I got this question from reader Trudy Stern: “I have a daffodil question: Should I keep them in the deep freeze for awhile before I force them indoors in January or February? Tulips? Any special tips? I am looking forward to having some bulb beauty in my house throughout the winter.” I thought this...
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Enjoy your poinsettias for weeks or months with proper care; see new varieties at Mischler’s

December 9, 2014
sparkling punch & ice punch poinsettias at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can enjoy your poinsettia plant for weeks or even months if you care for it properly. “The main thing is don’t overwater them,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of  Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “They don’t need to be watered nearly as much as people...
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Illustrated guide to native plants for WNY available for free from Riverkeeper

December 2, 2014
Native-Plant-Guide from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are lots of reasons to use native plants in your garden. I like them because they’re low maintenance. Because they have adapted to our climate, they can survive hot, dry summers without me having to get out the hose. They can take cold, snowy winters without any fuss, too....
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For the record, it’s not winter yet in Western New York; let’s make the best of our weather

December 2, 2014
dandelion late November 2014 in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko It sure felt wintry in Western New York before Thanksgiving. When people ask me how much snow I got, I say: “Just 10 inches.” I emphasize the word “just.” In other years, 10 inches of snow before Thanksgiving might feel like a lot, but compared to the seven feet that...
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What does WNY’s Snowvember storm mean for your garden?

November 25, 2014
snow plow stuck Snowvember 2014 from David Clark Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko First, let me say that I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe. Since this is a gardening magazine, we’ll talk about what the Snowvember storm means for your garden, but I do want to let you know that I understand how serious this storm was. It was...
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