Every five years the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services update the dietary advice provided to Americans based on research accumulated during the past five years. The latest version was released on January 7 as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
It’s now mid- January and the holiday activities are over. Perhaps a few weeks ago you decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year. The most popular resolutions include starting an exercise program, eating better and reducing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other drugs. According to research conducted by Psychology Central, 75% of people who make resolutions fail in their first attempts, and most of these people, 67%, make more than one resolution.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Have you recently had the opportunity to stop by the Agricultural and Natural Resource Center in Gettysburg? If not, take the time and come see the gardens that Master Gardeners teach from and maintain throughout the year.
The first day of spring has arrived after an Arctic cold February and the entrance of March as a lion. However, an early Easter is nipping at their heels. So, our thoughts turn to candy, flowers and decorations.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
Mr. Jack Frost comes silently upon your garden in the early morning hours, and when daylight comes, you see sad, browned foliage and drooping flowers. What do you do next?
As a homeowner with a sloping lot by Lake Meade, I have learned that the problem of rainwater runoff reaches beyond my own landscape all the way to the overall health of our regional waterways.
Most of your earliest spring garden color can come from bulbs. If you enjoy seeing active growth as early as March (and sometimes, even February), now is the time to plan and plant. Hopefully, any questions you have will be answered here.
Gardeners are always hoping for good soil in which to plant. A recent theme throughout the summer months has been one of different soil types: May and June plantings in the vegetable garden depended on the right combo of soil, sun and rain, and a July sermon at church focused on planting seeds in good soil to produce the best spiritual results. Conversely, seeds of doubt that fall on "fertile soil" could serve to taint the desired result.
Fall is a good time to start family gardening; you don’t need a large project to start with. Planting spring blooming bulbs such as crocus, tulips or daffodils in a flower bed or a good size outdoor container is easy and can be a Saturday adventure. Going to a gardening home store or shopping online is informative and fun for children.
As we reminisce about the 151st Anniversary of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, here are some gardening techniques that a woman would reflect upon and utilize in 1863.
“What’s black and white and green all over?” Well, it’s the same answer as for the old riddle: “What’s black and white and read all over?” Of course, that would be Newspaper.
Do you own your yard? Or does your garden own you? How less complicated life would be if everyone understood the value of gardening with nature. People would grow trees, shrubs, and a variety of flowers and vegetables, with minimal lawn area. There would be birds singing everywhere. There would be little or no need for pesticides which affect our water sources.
Look on any magazine rack and you’ll see there is no shortage of magazines on gardening. Beyond the seasonal, there are the monthly and bi-monthly publications that are most economical if you subscribe to them. The following selection guides you to a few of these available garden publications.
April and May are two of the busiest months in your garden. Get a jump on some of the maintenance now, so you can enjoy those early spring blooms.
Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the surprises of nature. One of my favorite activities is to take a walk and look for spring wildflowers poking up from their winter nap.
“Green Roof’ is an environmental term -- it is not a metal or shingle roof that is green in color. It is a roof that is environmentally friendly because of the use of soil and green plants in its construction.
With all the excitement, celebration, passion, and enthusiasm of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, I thought that it would be fun to learn about gardening during the Civil War. Gardening was a means of sustenance and survival during that era.