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  • Grass Always Greener Other Side

    The Grass is Always Greener…

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    You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard the old adage: “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” In the philosophical sense, being satisfied with your lot in life rather than envying your neighbor is good advice.  But […]

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    Flying Flowers

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    The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. – Ponce Denis As the rain has abated and warmer, sunny weather has arrived, most people’s perennials have celebrated with lots of gorgeous blooms.  We are seeing tons of phlox, coneflowers, blanket flowers, day lilies, […]

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    Green Thumbs @Home

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    Generally, taking your work home with you is a bad thing, but at Van Putte’s, we’ve all got our green thumbs at work even at home.  Check out this gallery of a few of our staff members’ gardens.  We can generally find a way to garden […]

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    Working Around the Thorns

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    Of those who grow roses, who hasn’t been stuck once or twice (at least) by the thorns? We’d hazard a guess that a vast majority of you, our faithful readers, are nodding along.  But we’d hazard another guess that that same group believes gorgeous roses […]

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    Let’s Talk Tomatoes

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      Growing your own tomatoes and other veggies has great benefits for your physical, social, and mental health, and just a small amount of work will ensure plentiful, plump tomatoes all summer long! We all need a treat now and again, and tomatoes are no […]

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    How to Win vs. Deer, Rabbits & Squirrels in the Garden

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    “Life finds a way.” Though furry bunny rabbits, 1/2 pound squirrels and doe-eyed deer aren’t even close to the same realm of terrifying as a T-rex, this quote from Jurassic Park is still scarily accurate in the battle for the gardens of Western NY.  Those […]

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    Bug-free BBQs

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    July brings so many good things: sun, summer vacation, barbecues with friends and family, and lots of flowers.  Unfortunately, it also brings mosquitoes and other unwelcome bugs that like to stick to sunscreened arms and leave itchy bites! If you want to keep your garden […]

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    Downy Mildew Infecting Impatiens

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    Well, if you haven’t already heard, we have a very unfortunate problem here in WNY (and elsewhere in the U.S.).  Impatiens, probably the most popular annual flower for their many colors, price, and ability to survive the shadiest spots, are being infected by downy mildew.  […]

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    Be a Square! (-foot gardener)

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    People often confuse square-foot gardening with simple raised bed gardening, and there are some pretty cool differences.  Basically, square-foot gardening is raised bed gardening with a special plan.  The variety of plants planted closely together keeps the soil nutrient-rich, more weed-free than the ground, and […]

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