Garden tips

Garden tips for the Buffalo area.

Plant perennials now: Buy them, divide them or get them at plant & seed exchange

September 27, 2016
plant and seed exchange

by Connie Oswald Stofko Fall is a good time of year to plant perennials. The weather isn’t as hot as it was just last week, so the plants won’t be as stressed. Since we’re getting more rain, it’s easier to make sure those new plantings are kept well watered. You need to make sure...
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Our hot September weather means mum season is just starting

September 27, 2016
fall mums budding and in flower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last week the calendar said it was autumn, but it still felt like summer. Mums thought it was still summer, too, and they were late in blooming this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Usually Labor Day is the beginning of...
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Beyond the jack-o’-lantern: Decorate with pumpkins & make a snack, too

September 27, 2016
autumn display with pumpkins

by Connie Oswald Stofko For Halloween and other autumn holidays, it’s fun to decorate with pumpkins, and you can do more than carve a jack-o’-lantern. Here are a couple other ideas for decorating with pumpkins, along with a tip for cooking pumpkin seeds. Make an outdoor display Instead of just setting a single pumpkin...
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Building a path or patio: Is this a project for you?

September 13, 2016
patio with a view

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last month, we talked about a project most home gardeners can do, building a garden wall, and we discussed the advantages of using natural stone instead of concrete. A reader asked if we would do something about building flat areas. To recap: In the previous article, we talked about building...
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Cool ideas from a garden on Niagara Falls garden walk include keyhole garden

September 6, 2016
shed flowers vegetable garden in Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We want people to come back downtown,” said Ruth Cooper of 12th St., Niagara Falls. “It’s safe here.” That was the message of the Black Squirrel Garden Walk, held July 23 as part of Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, USA. (The Black Squirrel Garden Walk is named that for the...
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Succulents become works of art at the Botanical Gardens; exhibit starts Saturday

August 30, 2016
succulents reflecting Ensor Fireworks

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have seen succulents displayed vertically on a wall– we showed you a framed arrangement with a mirror  that the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens used in its succulents show a few years ago. This year the folks at the Botanical Gardens thought it would be cool to...
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Fungal disease may affect vinca minor, plus more info from Master Gardeners

August 30, 2016
vinca minor in Amherst NY by Stofko

If you’re noticing dying stems and leaves on your vinca minor (also known as myrtle or periwinkle), it might not be due to the dry weather. It might be a fungal disease. You find out more in the article “Potential Problem with Vinca Minor,” one of the articles in September’s edition of WNY Gardening...
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Noisy West Seneca yard becomes private paradise

August 23, 2016
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You could see– and hear–  the nearby convenience store from the backyard. But not anymore. Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski now have a private backyard paradise at their home on Tudor Place in West Seneca. I visited them during the fifth annual West Seneca Tour of Gardens held July 23...
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Late blight can occur even in dry weather, plus three more articles from Master Gardeners

August 22, 2016
tomato late blight

Is tomato late blight and potato late blight possible in a dry year? Unfortunately, yes. Late blight is the fungus-like disease that has caused devastating losses to tomato and potato gardeners and growers in some recent years. It develops and spreads rapidly in a wet year. But high relative humidity is all late blight...
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Natural stone or concrete for garden wall? Two reasons why stone is easier

August 16, 2016
building garden wall at Waterman's in Concord NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Natural stone not only adds charm to your landscape, it can be easier to work with than concrete, said Ethan Waterman, manager of Waterman’s Greenhouse, 12317 Vaughn St. (Route 240), East Concord (Springville). The first reason that it’s easier using natural stone for a garden wall is that a piece...
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