I love Western New York gardeners.
I tried waiting out the rain Sunday, but it just kept getting worse, so around 1 p.m. I made my way out to the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, a garden walk that covers parts of Amherst and Cheektowaga.
I stopped at the home of Terrie and Jerry Newman at 194 Lamarck Dr. The description on the map said they had struggled with clay soil, something that a lot of Western New York gardeners deal with. I hoped they might share their experiences with us. Terrie was happy to help.
Then I added: Oh, do you mind being videorecorded? In the pouring rain?
Terrie was a good sport and didn’t flinch. Her husband Jerry held a golf umbrella over me, which made things go much more smoothly. It’s hard to steady a camera and hold an umbrella at the same time.
The Newmans have lived in their house for 35 years, and their landscape has evolved from the time it was a playground for their children. Now they have lovely gardens, but the trees pose a double challenge with tree roots and shade. They have clay soil, too.
To deal with the problem, they’ve added soil and compost to build up the beds, they’ve created raised beds and they plant in containers. They also use a lot of stone, which is very attractive.
Bonus tip: Plant your tomatoes in the sun, even if your sunny spot is right by your back door.
Watch the video below to see more.
Upcoming Garden Walks for 2014
Ken-Ton Garden Tour daytime walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20 and night lights tour from 8:30-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19
Lancaster Garden Walk night lights from 8:45 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 18 and daytime walk 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20
Williamsville Garden Walk 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19
West Seneca Tour of Gardens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20
South Buffalo Alive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 20
Garden Walk Buffalo 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27
Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the daytime walk and 8-10 p.m. for the Starry Night Garden Tour