Posts Tagged ‘ Weather ’

WNY is under drought warning; please conserve water

August 9, 2016
cloudless sky by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko As of last week, Western New York is under a drought warning. Residents are asked to conserve water. A warning is the second of four levels of state drought advisories: watch, warning, emergency and disaster, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). While the Southern Tier...
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Want to water less often? Try using mulch

July 19, 2016
compost around perennials

by Connie Oswald Stofko Have you gotten any rain lately? If so, lucky you! I’ve been hearing forecasts of thunderstorms, and I happily anticipated having my rain barrels refilled. But we got only lightning. There was barely enough rain to dampen the porch– and the areas under the plastic lawn chairs stayed dry! We’re...
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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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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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Which was better for our gardens– this winter or last winter?

February 23, 2016
snow in Amherst garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last winter was bitterly cold, but there was a lot of snow cover to protect perennials. This winter has seen some swings in temperature, which can be bad for perennials. I thought our gardens might have liked last winter better than this winter. Not so, say my gardening experts. “Definitely...
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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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Make the most of these low temperatures by creating molded ice centerpieces

February 24, 2015
ice sculpture with ribbons in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko The winter I heard about making colored spheres out of ice, I thought it was a great idea. But I waited an entire year before I could try it outside because the previous winter had been too mild. Temperatures would repeatedly bounce up above freezing. The forecast never seemed to...
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Replace Botanical Gardens’ storm-damaged plants & 4 more ways your donation helps

December 9, 2014
Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko During the recent Snowvember storm, the wind and the weight of the snow broke 150 panes of glass in two greenhouses at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical  Gardens. The storm destroyed 154 plants indoors. It will cost roughly $6,000 to replace them. That’s not taking into account damage done...
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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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