Welcome to my new subscribers, question on groundhogs & more

Detail of Bravery, original watercolor on canvas by Connie Oswald Stofko Welcome to all my new subscribers

I had a great time at Plantasia last week, and I was delighted to be able to meet so many of my current readers. Thanks for stopping by my booth to say hello!

I also want to welcome all my new subscribers. A whopping 515 people signed up! Thank you all.

Remember that you can join the conversation by leaving a comment on any of our articles.

You can also share pictures of your gardens and plants. Attach the photo to an e-mail and send it to me at Connie@Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. Please include some information about what we see in the photo, as well as your name and the town you live in, to help me as I write the caption.

Garden clubs and other nonprofit gardening groups can have any of their events that are open to the public posted on our Upcoming Events page. Email the information to me at Connie@Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.

I look forward to sharing great local gardening information with all of you.

Photo: Detail of Bravery, an original watercolor on canvas with dried flower by Connie Oswald Stofko


 Reader asks: How can I keep groundhogs out?

Diane, a reader asks: “Any tips on keeping groundhogs out of the garden? I have a neighbor who can sometimes trap them, but I hate to keep asking. I bought granulated fox urine – only mildly effective. I can’t stand the thought of giving up my vegetable garden.”


So, readers, can you help Diane? If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below.

I’m not a gardening expert; I’m a writer who interviews gardeners and gardening experts. Occasionally I post questions from readers in the hopes that another reader will leave a comment with helpful information.

When you have gardening questions, you can call the Master Gardeners with Cornell Cooperative Extension.  For Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, call (716) 652-5400 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays or email them at mgeriecce@gmail.com. For Chautauqua County, email your question to CCEMGCC@gmail.com; call the Helpline at (716) 664-9502, ext 224, or stop in to the Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

There are helpful Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in other counties, too. Find contact information here for your county’s Cooperative Extension office.

You can also stop at a garden center to get great information. Check out our advertisers, click on their ad and you’ll be taken to their website or Facebook page to get their hours, address and other important information.

Turning to Cornell Cooperative Extension or your local garden center is probably the fastest route for getting your questions answered.

However, if you have a question and you’d like to get a wide range of opinions, email the question to me and I’ll pose it to my readers in an upcoming issue.


Lewiston Garden Festival vendorsLewiston Garden Fest seeks vendors

The Lewiston Garden Fest, presented by Lewiston Garden Club, is accepting vendor applications for its eighth annual event to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 along Center Street in Lewiston.

The event is seeking vendors with items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists and builders.

Interested vendors can go online or call Sharon Low at (716) 297-5925 by May 1 for an application. The application fee varies from $125 – $225 based on the size of the vendor display.

In addition to shopping opportunities, the Lewiston Garden Fest also features open gardens of local Lewiston residents, speakers, master gardeners, and representatives from floral societies to answer questions.

Photo from Lewiston Garden Fest


2 Comments on “Welcome to my new subscribers, question on groundhogs & more

  1. We also have a resident groundhog. We borrowed a humane trap and plan to bait it with cantaloupe (broccoli didn’t work). Hopefully, the groundhog will take the bait and find his new home-somewhere far away-pleasant. We read that spring is the time to take action when the critters are just reemerging from their dens. Anybody else have any ideas about how to lose groundhogs?

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