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.
Penn State Extension is an educational network that gives people in Pennsylvania's 67 counties access to the University's resources and expertise. The Extension system is comprised of diverse, research-based education programs that work in a two-way partnership within the communities they serve. Extension programs are fueled through county, state and USDA funding in strong support for community development with the unique aspect being the strongly related bond between the programs and locality.
True to my desire to have one of every plant I see, I have a new favorite.
Community controversy can be a wonderful thing. Really. But very few of us see it that way. For most local governments, public agencies or community organizations, the idea of a public discussion on a controversial topic is painful. So painful that instead of seizing the opportunity, we tend to pull the figurative sheet over our heads and just hope everyone will go away.
Frequent power outages surge with the coming of summer, and high usage of refrigerators and freezers increases the likelihood of someone leaving the door incompletely closed – we all know the dripping mess that awaits the finder of an appliance too long without electricity!
The bald eagle population is on the rise in Pennsylvania and is one of the great wildlife conservation stories.
If you are a person who would like your property to look nice with minimum gardening effort, this article is for you.
Community Gardens are popping up all over the country. Why?
“I never knew what A1C was until my doctor said mine was high and I had diabetes.” This is a comment I hear frequently in Penn State Extension’s Dining with Diabetes program when participants discuss the emotions experienced when they learned they had diabetes.
It’s the perpetual question in nutrition workshops. Which is better – butter or margarine? Many go away with the set jaw of the devoted. To complicate matters, margarines have largely disappeared from market shelves – replaced by “spreads”.
I had the opportunity to attend the Food Safety Summit which was held in Baltimore just last week and my first session featured Norovirus– you know, the virus we hear about associated with Cruise ships?
Reusable bags are everywhere and they are not just for carrying groceries anymore! They can be found from the gym to the laundromat. Promoted by businesses, grocery chains and municipalities, they are an excellent environmental choice, but they can pick up bacteria from the foods and other objects they carry.
Pennsylvania is one of several states allowing the sale of raw milk for human consumption.
The scent of vanilla is my absolute favorite. I even have vanilla scented cologne. Who would not want to smell this wonderful scent? Cooks and bakers know the familiar and essential ingredient, vanilla extract, comes from a vanilla bean. But, did you know that the vanilla bean is actually the seedpod of an orchid?
A beautiful perennial that was recently introduced to my garden is Crocosmia. It is under-utilized, despite its supreme beauty and ease of care.
Leftovers are a great way to save food, money, time and reduce your carbon footprint. However, leftovers are only as good as the care that goes into their preparation, storage and organization. Here are some tips that may help you make the most of your leftovers.
The reddish-gray-colored common earthworm, often called a night crawler in the United States, is familiar to anyone with a fishing rod or a garden. They are indigenous to Europe, but are now abundant in North America and western Asia.
Gardens reflect the personalities of the gardeners who tend them. A garden that makes you happy is one that celebrates your life and gives you meaning. Wonderful memories can be made and recaptured in your garden.