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My gardening resolutions for 2020—what are yours?

by Connie Oswald Stofko We’re coming up to the end of the year, a time when we look back at the previous year and make plans for the future. What will you do differently in your garden next year? Here are my gardening resolutions for 2020. Please share yours by leaving a comment below. When I buy plants, I will get them in the ground quickly. To me, “as soon as possible” often means “when I get around to it.”…

sticks in garden to keep rabbits and cats out

Tip to keep rabbits, cats out of your garden this winter

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do rabbits make nests in your garden? Do cats use your garden for a litterbox? Here is one tip to solve both problems. Make the space less appealing by breaking it up with sticks. In addition to sticks from a tree, you can recycle disposable chopsticks, Popsicle sticks, old plant tags and plastic forks and spoons. In my garden I have a metal spoon that was damaged when it fell into the garbage disposal. Don’t go…

yellow hosta and other hostas in garden bed

Last issue of the year, but you can look at past articles & upcoming events

by Connie Oswald Stofko This is my last issue of 2019, but I’ll be back next year with more great gardening tips for Western New York! In the meantime, you can plan for next gardening season by reviewing articles from past years. Use the “Popular Topics” box to get inspiration from gardens on past garden walks, learn how to deal with pests or explore other past articles. If you’re viewing this on our website, you will see the “Popular Topics”…

spiderwort in Buffalo NY

Don’t let names fool you: You may want ‘weeds’ & ‘worts’ in your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko A weed is any plant you don’t want in your garden. So who would want a plant with “weed” already in its name? And “wort” sounds like “wart,” those unappealing skin blemishes. Yuck! “Wort” is often coupled with the name of some body part —such as in “lungwort.” Double yuck! Don’t be turned off by those names. “Weed” comes from an Old English word for herb. The archaic meaning of “wort”, which has lingered in some…

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