Ideal time to plant grass: mid-August to mid-September

  by Connie Oswald Stofko The best time to plant grass is from mid-August to mid-September, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. By the time the seeds sprout, the cooler, wetter autumn weather will be here and you won’t have to water as much. Don’t plant grass seed in late September or in October because the seed will sprout, but then die in cold winter temperatures. If you miss the late summer/early fall window…

mandala by Caroline North

Visit Nature’s Kaleidoscope & get inspired to make your own mandalas

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Mandalas go with gardening,” said artist Caroline North of Collins. “They’re centering and meditative–and that’s what plants do for us.” See her mandalas on display in the Nature’s Kaleidoscope exhibit through Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This event is proudly sponsored by See a short video of the exhibit here. The exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens admission. Admission is $11 for…

heirloom lettuce in Amherst NY

It’s time to plant your second vegetable garden of the year

by M.L. Wells, Master Gardener Volunteer of Allegany County Here it is, the early part of August. You’ve already planted your Garden 101; now it’s time to plant Garden 102. By now, the peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, early green beans, broccoli and early potatoes are done in the garden. Don’t let the empty space go to waste, or worse yet, go to seed. Any vegetable that matures in 60-75 days will do well in late summer. The hardy ones will grow…

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Your help can protect our trees against Asian longhorned beetle

Now is the time of year to look for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an invasive beetle that could cause serious damage to New York State’s street trees and forests. Most infestations of forest pests are found by members of the public, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), so your help can make a difference. Good news: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) has succeeded in eradicating the invasive beetle from Staten Island, Manhattan, Islip…

Deer eating your garden? See 20 plants deer hate

  by Connie Oswald Stofko If you get discouraged when deer chomp away at your garden, know that growers and garden centers have the same problems. “Deer are a battle for us,” said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. In back of Mischler’s, there are fields filled with deer, eyeing the tasty plants set outside for sale. “I swear by the repellents,” Yadon said. “If I didn’t have repellents, we wouldn’t be in business.”…

Send us your photos!

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can share your favorite photos of your garden by sending them to us for the Your Photos page. You might have an overall view of your landscape, a closeup of a blossom or a great project you have completed. To share your wonderful photos with other gardeners, include them as an attachment to an email and send them to me at Please include some information about what we see in the photo so that…

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Genesee County sets Master Gardener training; sign up by Aug. 24

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will offer Master Gardener training this fall. Classes will be held from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 5 through Nov. 14 at the Cooperative Extension office at 420 East Main St., Batavia. There will also be a full day of classes on Saturday, Nov. 3. Each class will focus on a different horticulture topic. Some of the topics include botany, diagnosing plant diseases, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, herbs, vegetable gardening, weed identification,…

docent at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Use your love of plants–become a docent at Botanical Gardens

Put your love of plants to good use by becoming a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A six-week training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Aug. 11 to Sept. 29 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. To be docent, you should have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public, and like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background…

flat spot and hole in petunia

Don’t create flat spots when you water containers

  by Connie Oswald Stofko When you have a mixed container of annuals that includes flowers such as petunias, the plants are supposed to be in a tall, rounded mound with no flat spots. If yours don’t look like that, you’re probably watering wrong, said Jen Weber, vice president and manager of Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Rd., West Seneca. To water prevent holes and flat spots, use a watering can and water slowly. If you have a spikey flower in the center…

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Have fun with containers & accept failures, says Buffalo gardener

    by Connie Oswald Stofko Martha and Dan Meegan have many gorgeous container plantings in their yard at 35 Montrose Ave., Buffalo, which they shared this month on the Samuel Capen Garden Walk. But not every gardening project works out the way you plan. “You’re going to fail at some,” Martha said, pointing to a small group of sad pots. “I left those out for people to see.” I loved that demonstration of encouragement to her visitors! I always…

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