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Biochar can help your garden soil for eons—learn more at event in Eden

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Amazon basin in general has poor soil, but it has some areas with amazingly fertile soil. Those fertile soils were created thousands of years ago by people using slash-and-burn agriculture. What was left behind from the burned plant material created the soil called terra preta, or black earth. And that soil, thousands of years later, can still be farmed today. Now we’re trying to replicate those fertile soils by using biochar, a kind of charcoal…

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Pesky boxelder bugs: read more in WNY Gardening Matters

Boxelder bugs are basically nuisance bugs, according to this article by Lyn Chimera in the newest edition of  WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. In autumn, boxelder bugs may go into your house to find a warm, dry place to spend the winter. Their droppings can stain walls, both inside and out. If you squish them, that can leave a staining, smelly mark. Find out more about boxelder bugs in this article….

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Plant & seed exchange set by Capen Garden Walk

Capen Garden Walk will hold a plant & seed exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main St., corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Buffalo. Take your perennials and seeds to share and get some new plants and seeds for your garden. You can share perennial divisions, herbs, houseplants, small shrubs and seeds. Free seeds will also be provided by the ARTseeds program of the University Heights Arts Association. In addition, plants, pots and other garden art will be…

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Autumn is a good time to divide perennials; see new video

by Connie Oswald Stofko Is your hosta overtaking your heuchera? Or just getting too big for your small garden? You may need to divide your plants, and autumn is a good time to do it. Find out more about dividing plants with Lyn Chimera of Lessons from Nature. And if you need more tips, check out these articles:…