Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

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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Get free sunchokes & plant them now; tell us how they grew for you

October 20, 2015
flowers on sunchoke in Amherst NY 2013

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s the time of year to harvest sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, and for me to share them with local gardeners. I’ll give you some for free, but there’s one catch. You have to pick them up or get someone you know to pick them up. I don’t want...
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What does this mild autumn weather mean for Western New York gardens?

October 6, 2015
annuals in pots in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko What’s up with this warm weather in Western New York? We can’t predict these things with 100 percent accuracy, but because of El Niño, it looks like we are going to have a mild autumn and early winter, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County....
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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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Help a reader: What perennials do you plant around tulips to cover the dying leaves?

September 15, 2015
tulips in Cleve-Hill Cheektowaga NY

Here’s a question from a reader: Does anyone have suggestions for perennials to plant with spring bulbs this fall that will emerge and cover the leaves of the tulips and daffodils after they bloom and then slowly turn yellow?  It’s a south-facing spot with much sun and good drainage, along my garage wall.  ...
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