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Start planning your spring garden now

by Connie Oswald Stofko What’s the next best thing to working in your garden? Planning for next year’s garden! Here are some suggestions on how to make your garden even better than it was this year. What didn’t work? Think about things that went wrong in your garden this past year. For example, maybe your plants limped along because they didn’t have enough water during our hot, dry summer. Make a plan to address it next year. Here are some…

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It’s our last issue of the year; look for the next edition Jan. 19, 2021!

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m taking a short break, but I’ll be back on Jan. 19 with a new edition of As usual, it will contain great garden tips, events and everything you need to know about gardening in Western New York. We gardeners are already looking forward to next spring–and the days are getting longer! And there’s more to be optimistic about. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, but two vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved….

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Select plants now for pickup in May at Botanical Gardens

You can start making your selections today in the 2021 online Great Plant Sale held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You’ll see plants in these categories online now: Perennials Shrubs Hanging Baskets and Mixed Containers Tropical Houseplants Trees Orchids But there’s more to look forward to! A new batch of plants will be added to the Botanical Gardens’ website each month from now through March. See here what the categories for future months will be. Don’t wait until the last…

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Daffodils sprouting in winter: What you should do

by Connie Oswald Stofko I got this question from a reader: I was wondering if there is anything I can do with the daffodil bulbs which are starting to sprout leaves out of the ground because of the mild weather. I am hoping that I don’t lose all of them by the time the cold and snow cover them. Michelle I checked with John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. Here’s what he said: “This can…

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