Posts Tagged ‘ Weather ’

What does WNY’s Snowvember storm mean for your garden?

November 25, 2014
What does WNY’s Snowvember storm mean for your garden?

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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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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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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Beat the heat with this ingenious cooling neckwear from Lockwood’s Greenhouses

June 24, 2014
Beat the heat with this ingenious cooling neckwear from Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Summer is here and so is the hot weather. Even though this is what we’ve been waiting for all winter, sometimes we need a break from the heat. Teresa Buchanan, garden center manager at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, recommends the Neckbandoo. It’s made by Blubandoo and contains non-toxic polymer crystals that quickly...
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Things you can do in your garden now & tips to push the season

May 6, 2014
Things you can do in your garden now & tips to push the season

by Connie Oswald Stofko The weather will be warmer this week and it will be great to get outside and work in your garden. There are many things you can do in your garden right now, and, if you’re an impatient gardener, we have a few tips on how you might try to push...
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It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

April 15, 2014
It feels like summer, then winter– What you can do in your garden now

by Connie Oswald Stofko How do we know it’s spring in Western New York? One day it feels like summer and the next day it feels like winter. On Sunday I opened my doors and windows and it got up to 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the house. Today? Snow. Sigh. If I get nervous...
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It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

April 8, 2014
It’s warmer out, but use restraint so you don’t compact your garden soil

by Connie Oswald Stofko We had a bit of warm sunshine this weekend and it was wonderful to do some outside chores. My husband raked the autumn leaves off the front lawn and I yanked a few early weeds from garden beds near a sidewalk. But there still isn’t a lot you can do...
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Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

April 1, 2014
Flowers for outside right now? Pansies. More cool-weather flowers available next week

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other years you might have been able to work the soil and plant some cool-weather annuals in your flower beds at the beginning of April, but not this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. “It’s  crazy,” he said.”It’s been...
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Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

March 3, 2014
Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko This has been one bitterly cold winter. On the plus side, it has been snowy. You may think the cold and snow combine to create a double whammy, but when it comes to our gardens in Western New York, it would have been worse without the snow. “If you see...
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Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

December 2, 2013
Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

How can you make your sidewalk safe in icy weather while still protecting your garden? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, shares some tips. First, instead of buying rock salt, look for products that are labelled plant or pet safe. These products use calcium chloride, which pose less risk...
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