Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Another idea for using autumn leaves: make a path

November 29, 2016
path covered in mulch

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was very fortunate to be able to go outside yesterday afternoon and work with my leaves– and I have lots of them. My wonderful neighbor raked her leaves into my driveway so that I could crunch them up with my lawnmower. Another friend cleaned up her mother’s yard and...
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6 tips for working with landscapers– #1: Get on list quick for spring work

November 22, 2016
patio with walkway from A Growing Business

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Don’t wait until April to call a landscaper if you’re hoping to have your landscape done in May,” said said Claire Brown, CNLP, president and designer at A Growing Business, 11554 Wyandale Rd., Springville. That’s her first tip on what a gardener should do when working with a landscaper. The...
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Simple and cheap tips for preventing deer & rabbits from eating your plants

November 15, 2016
soap slivers to keep deer and rabbits out of your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can never have too many tips for keeping deer and rabbits away from our plants. Even if we find something that works, the animals often get used to that technique and we have to try something else. Here are a bunch of tips. One is from me, but the...
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Reclaim your patio, plus other garden tasks for autumn

November 8, 2016
use shovel to cut grass away from patio

by Connie Oswald Stofko This would have been a great weekend for raking leaves. The sun was shining, the weather was mild, and I wanted to do something outside in the yard. Unfortunately, most of the leaves in my neighborhood are still firmly adhered to the trees. This happens to me at this time...
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What to do in your garden now, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

November 1, 2016
autumn leaves on ground in Glen Park

Use the last of the season’s leaves as a natural mulch to enrich soil, conserve moisture and protect plants against changes in soil temperature. That’s just one of the tips you’ll get in the article on what you should do this month in the garden, part of this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters,...
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Take steps now to have great soil next year

October 25, 2016
oak leaf on pine needles

by Connie Oswald Stofko A couple of simple tests can tell you what steps you have to take to improve your soil– or let you know that you are already on the right track. There are three kinds of tests you might do, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara...
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Plant spinach seeds now, get sprouts in March– Trick is milk jugs

October 18, 2016
spinach growing in March in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko Maggie Koste Patz of West Seneca planted spinach last fall and by mid-March, the spinach was doing well. “ I recall feasting on that patch around May 25,” Patz said. If you want to harvest some food before you’ve even planted your tomatoes, use Patz’s trick: old milk jugs. Patz...
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Autumn weather has been beautiful in WNY– Will we pay for it?

October 11, 2016
bee on aster

by Connie Oswald Stofko Until this week, it felt more like summer than autumn in Western New York. Last week I was wearing shorts, then yesterday I snuggled into a winter jacket. There was scattered frost overnight last night in Western New York. But as they say,  if you don’t like the weather in...
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Preparing for winter: Tips from Master Gardeners

October 4, 2016
asters in Amherst NY garden autumn

The October issue of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension, is full of tips on what you should do in your garden now as we prepare for winter. Find out what you can plant now, what you should cut back and what you have to bring...
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For desperate gardeners, new idea to keep deer out of your garden

October 4, 2016
Mike Dunn of Atlanta created what he calls a deer grate to keep deer from entering his property along the driveway. Because the deer grate can be slippery when wet, he built a narrow pedestrian path alongside. Atlanta was in the middle of a drought, but on the day that the group from the garden communicators convention visited last month, it poured. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko I saw some beautiful gardens when I was in Atlanta a couple weeks ago to attend the conference of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators. But since the climate is so different there, I wasn’t sure I would be able to bring back any tips that would help us here...
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