Posts Tagged ‘ Garden tips ’

Two remarkably different looks using only succulents; how to keep them small

February 14, 2017
title for video Two Remarkably Different Looks Using Succulents

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can create remarkably different looks using nothing but succulents. In this video, you’ll see how to create two container gardens. One is an elegant, low-growing garden in cool blues. The other is a larger, wilder look in hot Southwestern colors. Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118...
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Keep garden fountains filled by using a faucet adapter

January 31, 2017
fountain in backyard in West Seneca

by Connie Oswald Stofko Do you like to keep the water in your fountains splashing on high? Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski of West Seneca do. The sound is soothing, especially since there is a noisy convenience store nearby. If some water splashes out of the fountain, it it helps to water the nearby...
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New group forming on permaculture; intro presentations set for Feb. 4 & 11

January 31, 2017
treetops and cloud in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A new group called Permaculture of Greater Buffalo will hold an introductory presentation on permaculture from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in Ashker’s Juice Bar & Cafe, 1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The same presentation will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Ashker’s. The room is...
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Choose the right plant to keep gardening fun; hear author at PLANT WNY event

January 24, 2017
blue hydrangea in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are hydrangea plants that have blue flowers only when planted in acidic soil. In neutral soil, the flowers are pink. That means that if you want blue flowers and your soil is neutral, you have to add a lot of acid to your soil to get the flower color...
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Water features create sense of calm in new Asian exhibits at Botanical Gardens

January 17, 2017
moon gate at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko The photos here give you a glimpse of the new Asian exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, but it’s something you really should experience in person. The first thing you notice on entering the space is a new water feature, which creates a rhythmic pattern as it...
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Indoor & outdoor plant tasks, plus more news from Master Gardeners

January 17, 2017

Every month, the Master Gardeners of Erie County share great information through WNY Gardening Matters, their online publication. January is a time for planning for the coming season. In “This Month in the Garden,” the Master Gardeners give us some direction for our planning. In the same article, get tips for houseplants as well...
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Prune oak trees now to protect against spreading disease called oak wilt

January 17, 2017
oak wilt

Pruning oak trees in winter can help protect the oaks from becoming infected with oak wilt, a fungal disease that can be deadly for oaks, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The disease was discovered in six new locations in New York State last year and can be spread by beetles...
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What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

December 13, 2016
mealybug courtesy Bugwood

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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Another idea for using autumn leaves: make a path

November 29, 2016
path covered in mulch

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was very fortunate to be able to go outside yesterday afternoon and work with my leaves– and I have lots of them. My wonderful neighbor raked her leaves into my driveway so that I could crunch them up with my lawnmower. Another friend cleaned up her mother’s yard and...
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Reclaim your patio, plus other garden tasks for autumn

November 8, 2016
use shovel to cut grass away from patio

by Connie Oswald Stofko This would have been a great weekend for raking leaves. The sun was shining, the weather was mild, and I wanted to do something outside in the yard. Unfortunately, most of the leaves in my neighborhood are still firmly adhered to the trees. This happens to me at this time...
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