watering can with plants in garden

Reminder: water your plants, buy locally

by Connie Oswald Stofko Water your plants When it comes to watering, pay special attention to anything that you have recently planted. Any plants in containers need extra attention, too. Don’t use the weather forecast in deciding whether you should water. Just because the forecast predicts a 70 percent chance of rain, that doesn’t mean it will actually rain that day. Or it may rain somewhere in Western New York, but not in your yard. Or it may rain on…

water lilies on pond with small waterfall in Tonawanda NY

Sign up to share your garden on Ken-Ton Garden Tour; deadline is June 4

The Ken-Ton Garden Tour is now accepting applications for this year’s tour. Residents of the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore can sign up here. If you wish to apply by telephone, contact Sandy at 716-983-6827. The deadline is Friday, June 4. You may display your garden during one or more of the times listed below: Friday, July 16 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 17 from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, July 17 and 18…

earthworm compared to jumping worm

Jumping worms are serious threat for WNY–Don’t share soil!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Asian jumping worms can damage your soil, making it difficult for plants to grow in your garden. Jumping worms have been identified in Erie County and may be in other parts of Western New York, too. The bad news is that there’s not much we can do to get rid of Asian jumping worms. The good news is that we can try to prevent spreading them. Don’t share soil– your garden soil could contain jumping worms…

sweet potatoes

Is it a yam or sweet potato, plus more from Master Gardeners

Your supermarket may call them yams, but they are probably sweet potatoes, according to an article in the latest issue of WNY Gardening Matters. A true “sweet potato” is not a yam. And a sweet potato isn’t a potato, either. Find out more about sweet potatoes and yams in this article by Carol Ann Harlos. Other articles in this issue are: Not Your Grandmother’s Houseplants Anymore by Vicki Bruning MG Volunteer Meeting Speaker: Dave Zittel by Carol Ann Harlos…

flowers on Garden Walk Buffalo

Get map mailed to you before Garden Walk Buffalo

With about 400 gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo and only two days to visit, wouldn’t it be nice to get a map ahead of time so you can plan your route? You can! Make a donation before June 15 and a map will be mailed to you by the third week of July. Donations received after June 15 will receive next year’s map. See all the details here. Bonus: you will also get the map for the East Side Garden Walk mailed to…

native perennial hibiscus

Showy flowers & more: Four native plants that look great in your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Native plants are not only good for beneficial insects, they can be just what you need to make your garden look great. Here are four native plants being offered by Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo. These plants are true natives, not hybrids or cultivars, said Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, general manager. All four plants like sun. See a list of Urban Roots’ native plants here. They offer about 100 different native plants throughout…

basket of tomatoes and cucumber by Stofko

Reminder: You risk a setback if you rush tomatoes

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re one of those Western New York gardeners who like to plant your tender vegetables during Mother’s Day weekend, I hope you checked the forecast first. Last night we had a frost advisory for all of Western New York. Tender vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, can’t tolerate frost! In fact, they want nights–nights, not days– that are at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be a few days before we see even daytime…

Go Public Gardens

15% off memberships to Botanical Gardens

To celebrate Go Public Gardens Day, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is offering 15 percent off all memberships from now through May 16. Use coupon code: Gardens2021 at checkout. Throughout the week, public gardens are emphasizing their importance and impact as community resources and catalysts for change and resilience. They are encouraging the public to visit, engage, donate and/or volunteer….

illustration of garden from grass by Stofko

How to turn lawn into garden in spring

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s spring! If you want to start a new garden in your yard, you will have to remove the grass first. Darren Cotton, founder and president of The Tool Library in Buffalo, shares the steps he followed when he and his partner Michael Reyes created new cutting gardens last year. (The purpose of a cutting garden is to grow flowers that will be picked. Reyes is a floral designer.) Cotton, who is an urban planner and graphic…

plants for sale in pots illustration copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

Plant sales, exchanges set in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many garden groups in Western New York are holding plant sales and plant exchanges in the coming weeks. Here’s the list I have so far; there might be more sales to come. Check back to our Events page often to see what’s new. And when you’re looking for plants, please don’t forget our local garden centers! Garden Friends of Clarence Garden Friends of Clarence will hold a perennial plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,…