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Grow tunnel lets you grow veggies during winter in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko The temperature was in the teens this past weekend, but the vegetables in the grow tunnel at City Honors School in Buffalo are still going strong. In this video, Caesandra Seawell, garden manager, shows us how the grow tunnel can extend the gardening season, allowing us to grow vegetables in autumn and winter in Western New York. She describes how the grow tunnel was constructed, and it seems pretty easy. There have been some developments since…

Thinking of switching from gardening to farming? Check out info from Cornell

If you enjoy gardening, you might yearn to do what you love and make it into your job. But there’s a lot to know if you want to be a farmer. Whether you want to supplement your income by selling what you grow, you’re dreaming of quitting your day job or you’re already a farmer, you can get help at Cornell University’s website for beginning farmers. Online courses for aspiring, new and experienced farmers are being offered. The courses fill…

Local growing is one topic to be discussed at environmental summit at Daemen College

“Food for Thought: Safe and Green for the Future” is the theme for the Western New York Environmental Summit to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Wick Student Center of Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst. The event is free and will include presentations, vendors, exhibits and tours of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) energy efficient buildings on campus. You can also drop off your old electronics to be recycled. The…

Cornell & apple industry group introduce two new varieties of apples

Cornell University, in partnership with the New York Apple Growers, a new industry group, has developed two new apple varieties of apples, SnapDragon and RubyFrost, that will be available this fall at a few farmers markets. The apples were developed by Cornell University breeder and Horticulture Professor Susan Brown. They are being grown by 140 apple farmers throughout New York State. The two varieties have been a decade in the making, and how they’ve gone to market is a first…

Watch local cooking challenge & learn to cook with native plants

Sumac, a native plant, is pretty this time of year with its large red, cone-shaped flowers. You can see these small trees in parks or in the wild, and they make a great landscape plant. But did you know sumac is edible? There are quite a few native plants you might want to start growing for food– If you know how to cook with them. In this article we’ll tell you about two events where you can get ideas on…

Sept. 13 is deadline to enter veggies, flowers in Genesee Country Village fair

You can enter plants, flowers, heirloom vegetables and fruits in the Agricultural Fair to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6 at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. The competitions include one for largest pumpkin. Prior registration is required. Entry forms must be received by Friday, Sept. 13. Find the entry form and rules here. Entrants will receive one day free admission to the fair. The competitions are…

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Lancaster sets mini garden walks, & more items too good to miss

Mini garden walks scheduled during Lancaster’s Old Home Days Old Home Days, an event that was last held in Lancaster 100 years ago, is being resurrected and is scheduled for June 30 through July 6. The Lancaster Garden Walk will take part. In addition to its main walk, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, the Lancaster Garden Walk will hold three mini-walks as part of Old Home Days. The…

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It’s almost time to plant cool-weather veggies in Buffalo area

You’ll be able to plant cool-weather vegetables soon, said Julie Emerling, who is in charge of herbs and vegetables at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. People know the rule of thumb is that you wait until Memorial Day to do most of your planting. That’s because for many of our plants, we need to wait until the danger of frost has passed and we have warm weather. The vegetables that we’re talking about today should be planted earlier because…

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Keep deer, rabbits & mice away, plus more items too good to miss

Keep deer, rabbits, squirrels and mice away with Bounce dryer sheets Use Bounce dryer sheets to keep deer away, says Bob Bracikowski of Opportunities Unlimited in Niagara, who showed us recently how to create a succulent garden. In the vegetable garden at Opportunities Unlimited, everything was being eaten, week after week. “During my lunch hour I could watch the deer eat the cabbage right in front of me,” he said. Then he tried a tip he got from a farmer:…

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Call for entries in agricultural fair & more items too good to miss

Deadline nears for registering entries in agricultural fair You can enter your heirloom vegetables, cut and dried flowers, herbs and more in the annual exhibition and fair to be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 14. Anyone can enter. Entrants will receive a one-day free admission to the fall fair. Many of the categories include a 19th-Century as well as a 21st-Century section. In addition to…