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Whole Grain Wesley & Bonita Dannells
September 26, 2016

September is whole grains month. Grains are important for good health...

July 11, 2016

Fresh vegetables are widely available in the supermarket and Farmer’s Markets. Vegetables are nutritious.

The PSU Tree Fruit Path Lab is in need of 2016 fire blight samples. (Photo: K. Peter)
July 1, 2016

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.

The Year of Rust: Cedar apple rust infection an apple leaf. Photo: K. Peter
June 3, 2016

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.

May 23, 2016

Unit pricing tells you the cost per pound, quart, or other unit of weight or volume of a food package. It is usually posted on the shelf below the food. The shelf tag shows the total price (item price) and price per unit (unit price) for the food item. Can you save money by reading unit pricing? The answer is yes!

April 26, 2016

Mike Basedow recently joined Penn State Extension in Adams County as an Extension Tree Fruit Assistant.

In spite of the cold injury evident on these spur leaves, the apple flowers are viable. Spur leaf health will be an important consideration later in the season when growers adjust crop load. Photo: E. Winzeler.
April 15, 2016

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!

April 11, 2016

If you’ve become drowsy after eating a bagel for breakfast or a bowl of pasta for lunch, you know how the foods you eat affect the way you feel. Within 2 to 3 hours after eating high-carbohydrate foods, you tend to feel tired and sluggish. On the other hand, eating foods high in protein helps you feel more alert and able to concentrate.

Apple scab conidia Photo: Kari Peter
March 31, 2016

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.

March 23, 2016

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
March 23, 2016

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.

March 23, 2016

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.

Bees on Coneflower
March 23, 2016

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.

Green tip peeking through saying, “Be sure to protect me from apple scab!” Photo: K. Peter
March 15, 2016

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.

March 9, 2016: No green tip yet on Gala…but it will be soon! Photo: K. Peter
March 10, 2016

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.

Penn State Trial Gardens in Adams County, PA
May 14, 2015

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.

March 11, 2015

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.

Some plants, if left uncut, will provide lots of winter interest, as well as shelter and forage for native fauna.
December 11, 2014

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?

Stormwater Run-Off
December 11, 2014

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.

December 11, 2014

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.