The same hot weather that brings out the best in tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and other summer vegetables makes spinach, lettuce, peas, and other cool-weather vegetables tough and bitter.
Soil, sun, water and seed: The ingredients of a garden are simple, but the final product is never guaranteed. Willing a plot of land into a vibrant state of bloom takes intention, know-how and no small amount of trial and error.
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Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants.
This type of gardening is more common where summers are hot and dry, but you don’t have to live in the Wild West to adopt water-saving landscaping for your yard.
A weed is nothing more than a plant growing in the wrong place, and there are some benefits — yes, benefits — of weeds.
Greg and Judy Gima, Western New York natives with three grown sons, moved into the 1905 English Tudor in late summer 2018. This will be the couple’s second year on Garden Walk Buffalo, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 and 25.
Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We’ve come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged along.
Paul and Marianne Rice's backyard holds lots of surprises, including a secret garden.
It only takes a small amount of outdoor space to enjoy the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair from the privacy of home — but if your outdoor space is petite, you might want to consider incorporating a few of these ideas to help your mini getaway feel a little more spacious than it actually is. These tips can help boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space while fooling everyone into thinking it’s bigger than it is.
The National Garden Bureau has designated 2021 as the Year of the Sunflower. Suncredible Yellow, a new variety, has truly captured hearts.
Gardening has reached new heights as a favorite pastime, and more gardeners are discovering that raised beds make it easier. What’s not to like about bringing plants to a higher level so you don’t have to bend down and work on your knees? You can grow flowers, herbs and vegetables and work the soil while sitting on a ledge — a major plus for anyone with a bad back or not-so-bendable knees. And you can design and locate the raised garden bed where the growing conditions are best.
Beginning today, the gardens will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays in July as part of the Tours of Open Gardens, which features more than 100 gardens throughout Buffalo Niagara.
Set aside time for some free garden walks and tours on weekends this summer, including the great Garden Walk Buffalo on July 24 and 25.
Window boxes give gardeners an affordable outlet to do what they love most: experiment. Known as one of the first living walls, window boxes have been a longtime favorite of gardeners. Window boxes continue to be a popular landscape element today and often stand in for front yards at homes that open to the sidewalk. Although there is a lot of creative freedom with planting window boxes, there is a right way to do it. Window boxes show off the wide range of possibilities a few feet of soil can offer, so use our tips to create a floral creation of your own.
Native Americans fear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are using holy water to irrigate their gardens in their California mansion.
This is the key to perennial gardening: We choose the plants for more than the flowering period, which is often only two or three weeks. We value their foliage, fragrance, ecological/pollinator value or their forms.
A lush ground cover can take over a garden; but when kept in control, the carpet of color provides a backdrop for all your plantings, allowing vibrant flowers and bushes to take center stage. Use ground cover on a terrace or steep slope or in an enclosed courtyard wherever you want to create a well-tended uniform appearance that helps retain moisture and retard the growth of weeds. Since it’s a perennial it will return every year, a welcome feature for a shady area or to cover and surround tree roots close to the surface where little else will grow.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest foods to grow yourself, but a little planning and care go a long way to make sure your plants prosper and produce the best crop.