Call 811 to dig safely; enter to win bench/tree combo

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Before you dig up an area for a new garden or plant a tree or dig holes for a fence, you should call 811 or use the online Single Address Ticket. When you make your request, your local utilities come out– for free– and flag where their lines are so you don’t accidentally hit them with your shovel or rototiller. You’d be pretty embarrassed if the whole neighborhood lost its cable because you cut the line. And if…

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Arbor Day tree tips, tours & a local poster winner

Trees are so important to our environment that they have their own day– Arbor Day, which falls on this Friday, April 27. How to choose, plant and care for a tree Consider planting a tree on your own property. Do it now; the best time to plant a tree is late winter or early spring before the buds open, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). If you can’t work that quickly, consider waiting until autumn. Trees…

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Do your seedlings droop & die? How to prevent damping off

  by Steven Jakobi, Master Gardener Volunteer, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County After a winter of planning, preparation and expense, few things are more disappointing for the gardener than the failure of seeds to send shoots up from the soil, or watching seedlings emerge, but then suddenly wilt and die. Unfortunately, these situations are fairly common in the field or in the greenhouse under certain conditions. The death of young plants is caused by a group of soil-borne fungi,…

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From beginning bloggers to developers: join me at WordCamp May 5

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you want to get started in blogging, learn how to make money from your blog, improve your website or learn how to develop apps, there is something for you at WordCamp Buffalo. The daylong workshop for users of WordPress, a free website platform, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in 103 Center for the Arts on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Registration opens at 8 a.m. I’ll…

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