by Connie Oswald Stofko
First: Our Events page is back!
For awhile, the page was overwhelmed by cancelled events. There was no reason to check it out.
But organizers have been creating interesting new events that keep participants safe during the pandemic. I am delighted to be post them on my Events page.
On the Events page, you’ll find activities that are being held at a particular time and on a certain date. Most of them are online talks and discussions.
Second: Check out this article for resources that you access anytime. I am also listing some events that have what I call a fluid time frame. There’s no set date.
Get your gardening questions answered
Is this a plant or a weed? What is this bug? What should I do about a problem I’m having in my garden?
Don’t ask me. I’m not a gardening expert and probably won’t know the answers.
But there are wonderful people who can help you: the Master Gardeners in your area. Those are the folks I turn to when I want to make sure I have good gardening information. See their contact information here.
They open each day with a 10-to-15-minute presentation covering a timely topic or frequently asked question. After that, you can ask your gardening questions. You don’t have to live in Erie County to join the chat.
Video series from Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua
4-H youth educators Molly R. Brown and Kate Ewer from Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County are creating a series of videos on topics including chickens, compost and hydroponics. See the videos on the Facebook page for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County.
All about vegetable gardening
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “JUST PLANT IT, NY!” campaign is offering free resources for new vegetable gardeners.
See great information, including videos, here. There are also recommendations for families and educators.
The resources come from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and Cornell Garden-Based Learning program.
Free kit for Mother’s Day
Kids can make a patio pot for Mother’s Day. Pick up the free kit at Bengert Greenhouses, 230 French Rd., West Seneca. The kit includes a nine-inch pot, soil and three plants. Call 823-6114 to make a reservation to pick up your plants. Watch the video here to see how to plant the flowers.
Virtual, free NYS 4-H forestry course for ages 10+
The 2020 New York State 4-H Forestry Weekend has been reborn as a virtual learning experience. Starting May 9, there will be five Saturday evening Zoom events that will include videos from various Cooperative Extension/4-H systems or related companies, as well as some made by 4-Hers.
Youth 10 and over will learn how to identify trees, how to measure diameter and log productions in trees, basic map & compass skills, as well forest ecology and tree pests and diseases. See the schedule and details here.
Learn with resources from Botanical Gardens
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers activities for kids to do at home. See more here.
The Great Plant Sale, previously scheduled by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for May 14-16, will now take place online. Plants will be available for purchase soon. Check back for details here. The sale is proudly sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center is holding a plant sale as a fundraiser. Due to Covid-19, the sale will be modified to ensure a safe, social distanced experience. This year you will pre-order your plants and then enjoy curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, May 21 to 23 at Hawk Creek, 1963 Mill Rd., West Falls.
Also check out our Gardening Directory for more information on buying plants.
Bees & fireflies
A special exhibit called “Bees! Diversity, Evolution, Conservation” opened in September 2019 at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca. The museum is closed right now because of the pandemic, but you can see an online version of the exhibit here.
Self-led activities at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Do self-led activities at the Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Lillibridge Property, 1974 Lillibridge Rd., Portville. The activities are “Touring the Towering Trees” and “What’s Bugging You?” See details here.