Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

April 26, 2016
Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

by Connie Oswald Stofko Articles are now available in the May edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you. In...
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Rain barrels & composters for sale, plus gardening tips for Earth Day

April 19, 2016
composters

by Connie Oswald Stofko Just in time for Earth Day, a sale of rain barrels and compost bins is being held by Erie County and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. This year, a kitchen compost container and a compost turning tool will also be offered. Orders must be placed by May 20. You...
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49-cent perennial sale starts April 22 at Mischler’s; see new offerings

April 12, 2016
Platycodon Astra Double Blue

by Connie Oswald Stofko What are you looking for in a perennial? Something that works in shade? Is deer resistant? Attracts butterflies or humming birds? Find perennials in those categories and more at the 49-cent perennial sale to be held from Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 30 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South...
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WNY Gardening Matters: flowering rush, things to do in April and historic garden

April 12, 2016
flowering rush

by Connie Oswald Stofko Articles are now available in the second edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you. In...
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Arbor Day: Blight-resistant American chestnut, tree tours, choose trees for your garden & more

April 5, 2016
leaves on American chestnut

by Connie Oswald Stofko Arbor Day is coming up on April 29, so let’s take some time to talk about trees. Find out about the progress toward saving the American chestnut, take tree tours, choose trees for your own landscape and more. Blight-resitant American chestnut Before the turn of the last century, the eastern...
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It’s time for pansies! Yes, you can plant them outside now

March 29, 2016
pansies at Mischler's in Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Pansies in blues, purples, yellows and oranges are displayed on long tables outside Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The exciting word in that sentence is “outside.” “When we put them out (on display), we’re confident that they’re ready to be out, and to stay out,” said...
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Yellow flag iris is invasive, plus more in this new feature from Erie County Master Gardeners

March 22, 2016
yellow flag iris

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can get lots of well researched information in a new online-publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. They plan to publish several articles online every month. They’ll let me know when new articles are available, and I’ll share them with...
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Is it too early to plant liatris bulbs in Western New York?

March 15, 2016
Liatris spicata. Photo courtesy Ball Horticultural

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question I received from a reader early last week when the weather became warm and sunny: Hello. Can I plant liatris bulbs now? Or should I wait until the soil warms?  Thank you. Linda in Tonawanda In case you’re not familiar with this plant, here’s a little bit...
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Change your yard to keep pests away; learn more at Jamestown Garden Fair

March 8, 2016
deer eating in winter

by Connie Oswald Stofko Physical barriers such as tall fencing may be too expensive for you, and repellents that have to be reapplied may get pricey, too, said Nancy Jager, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County. But a relatively inexpensive method of discouraging pests is by modifying their habitat. Jager will...
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Shrubs included in Great Plant Sale pre-order; deadline is April 8

March 1, 2016
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire Light’. Photo courtesy Proven Winners

by Connie Oswald Stofko For the first time, shrubs will be offered for pre-order in the Great Plant Sale of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. In the past, some shrubs were available on the day of the sale, but this is the first time you can pre-order them. As always, wonderful perennials,...
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