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An autumn tip for your sunflowers in Buffalo, and two tips for spring

The sunflower is wonderful in so many ways. If you’re not growing them now, there are many reasons why you should consider growing sunflowers next year. They have beautiful flowers. Sunflowers grow rapidly and reach a magnificent height. They offer food for people and wildlife. They blossom from summer to fall. You start sunflowers from seed, so they’re cheap. They’re  easy to grow. Here’s one tip that you can use now, and two more tips for growing sunflowers next year….

Bring your annuals inside to survive our Buffalo winter

You’ve nurtured your annuals all summer long, but you know that it won’t be long now before we have a frost in the Buffalo area that will mark the end of these lovely plants. In the how-to video below, Anne, a Buffalo gardener, shows you how to take cuttings inside for the winter so you can reintroduce your treasured annuals into your garden in the spring….

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Four reasons why fall is the time to start a garden in Buffalo area

It’s officially autumn in Buffalo. Whether you’re a beginner and want to start a garden for the first time or you’re an experienced gardener and want to start new beds, now is the time to do it. Mark Van Buren, owner of  Zehr’s on the Lake, offers four big reasons why it’s actually better to start a garden in the fall rather than in the spring. Fall is a great time to buy perennials. “You get the biggest plant, at…

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The Unstill Life of Plants: Get a look at all the movement you’ve missed

Gardeners don’t think of plants as moving creatures. After all, plants can’t pull up their roots and scoot over to a more pleasant spot in the garden. But plants do move.  Plants stretch and bow and bend as they search for light, and they move in other ways, too. Unfortunately for us, their movements are so slow that we miss their graceful dance. With the help of time-lapse photography, you’ll get an amazing look at the plant world during “The…

Special coupon from Perry’s Nurseries in West Seneca

Print this page and take the coupon to Perry’s Nurseries, 5203 Seneca St., West Seneca, to receive half off trees and shrubs. The coupon is valid from Sept. 23 through Nov. 10, 2011. This is a special coupon for readers of! (If you’d like to print the coupon by itself, here’s how you get to that view: Click on the coupon and you’ll be taken to another page. Click on the coupon yet again, and you’ll be taken to…

Birch tree in Buffalo NY area

Five tips on choosing the right tree for your Buffalo-area yard

You need to do a little planning when choosing a tree for your garden or yard. Unlike a smaller plant, you can’t move a tree each year trying to find the perfect location. You need to pick the right tree for your yard, and the right spot for your tree. We talked to Curt Leising, plant technician at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm, 9800 Transit Rd., East Amherst. While there are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a…

Master gardener program in Niagara County

Master Gardener training scheduled for fall, anyone can register

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County is offering the Master Gardener Training Program this fall. You don’t need to be a resident of Niagara County to participate in this program. These classes provide participants with basic training in a variety of horticultural subjects using class lectures, group discussion questions, quizzes and hands-on activities in our greenhouse and on our grounds. All classes will be held at the Lockport office in the Large Meeting Room of the 4-H Training Center, 4487…

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Should you prune roses in fall or spring in WNY? Hint: not fall!

Here’s a question I got from Diane, a reader: “I would love it if you would settle a long-standing debate regarding roses in the Western New York area.  Cut them down in fall or spring?” Lillian Stiegler, president of the Western New York Rose Society, responds, “You don’t prune your roses in the fall. The only exception is if it’s exceptionally tall and you’re afraid it will break in the snow.” If you have climbing roses, you can cut away any dead…

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Steps to help your garden mums get through winter in Buffalo area

Garden mums aren’t annuals, but they’re not exactly perennials, either. They will come back next year– if you take the proper steps and are lucky. “They’re called garden mums (rather than perennial or hardy mums) because sometimes they don’t winter over,” explained Ron Heimiller, president and head grower at  Heimiller Greenhouses in Newfane. Whether garden mums will survive the winter depends on a number of factors, including your soil conditions and how harsh the winter is, Heimiller said. But there…

fall garden tip from Albion NY

Three great tips for enjoying your Buffalo-area garden in early fall

Sometimes as I write a story, I find that I have a great nugget of information, but it just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the story. These nuggets are too good to waste, so I’ve pulled together  three tips to help you enjoy your garden during the fall. Fall Gardening Tip #1: Keep those seat cushions dry. There’s still plenty of time to sit outside and enjoy your garden. However, unlike the dry spells we experienced this…

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