September is whole grains month. Grains are important for good health...
Fresh vegetables are widely available in the supermarket and Farmer’s Markets. Vegetables are nutritious.
The Tree Fruit Pathology Lab at FREC is seeking fire blight samples again this season from around the state of Pennsylvania in commercial orchards and home landscapes for evaluation for antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria and other projects. If you have fire blight present in your orchard/yard, please contact Dr. Kari Peter for instructions for sampling.
Although we experienced several cool, cloudy weeks, those conditions didn’t deter the bacteria and fungi in the orchard. As the temperatures are warming up and the humidity rolling in, disease symptoms are becoming more apparent. Recommendations for several apple and stone fruit diseases folks need to be mindful of are discussed.
Mike Basedow recently joined Penn State Extension in Adams County as an Extension Tree Fruit Assistant.
Following an unseasonably warm month of March, a pair of cold fronts brought cold temperatures across much of the eastern United States in early April 2016. The cold weather was stressful, both for the fruit grower and the flowers!
If the rain that is forecasted comes to fruition, we will experience a major scab infection period late March 31–April 1. With temperatures averaging around 60°F, only 6 hours leaf wetness is needed to cause an infection event. Protection is needed for vulnerable green tissue.
The Penn State Master Gardeners of Adams County recently awarded Service Pins and Charms to Master Gardeners for achieving goals of volunteer hours, and for years of service.
Mr. Yuk has been a familiar face in many schools in Adams County during the months of February and March. This green, not very happy face was first seen in the early 1970’s. It serves as a reminder to be careful with chemicals and other common household products that could become a poison if not used properly.
Gardening in Your Environment is a seven week course offered every year by the Adams County Master Gardeners with a slightly different twist each year.
We must make friends with bees if we are to continue to have food that in large part is pollinated by bees. Our farmland is constantly being reduced by housing developments but our farm production has risen over the decades because of better methods of farming. Bees are part of that improvement in farming methods, and Master Gardeners are helping with the science of finding out where the bees are and what plants they like to feed on.
Due to the presence of green tip on early varieties of apples combined with rain the last several days plus forecasted for the next two, we are in our first apple scab infection period for 2016. Protection is needed for vulnerable green tissue; a copper spray will be useful for trees not at green tip.
The first scab spores of the season have been detected; however, there is no scab infection risk until green tissue is present and there is an infection period. Since trees are pushing due to the warm weather the last several days, now is a good time to apply dormant copper sprays to manage diseases.
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.
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.