This past Saturday,the Penn State Master Gardeners hosted more than 1,200 Allegheny County residents at the North and South Park Demonstration Gardens. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors tasted, voted, collected information and enjoyed perfect fall-like weather. The votes have been tallied and the 2014 favorites recorded.
Late summer is the perfect time to learn how to safely preserve the bounty of available vegetables from the garden. Vegetables can be safely dried, frozen, fermented, and canned. Wonderful mixtures produce salsas, relishes, and soups. Penn State Master Food Preserver Susan Marquesen, will demonstrate state of the art techniques for the preservation of your summer vegetable crops. Classroom instruction will be followed by a pressure canning demonstration. This program fills quickly, we recommend registering early.
Artemisia (family Asteraceae) is a large genus including over 300 different species. It was chosen to be the "2014 Herb of the Year" by The International Herb Association.
This past Tuesday, May 6th, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, along with county council, recognized and congratulated the Cooperative Extension of The Pennsylvania State University on its upcoming 100th anniversary. The May 8th anniversary date marks the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established the Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through Land-Grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments.
Steve Repasky, president of Burgh Bees is also the owner and operator of Meadow Sweet Apiaries in Dormont. Steve is a certified Master Beekeeper and manages numerous honey bee colonies in and around Pittsburgh.
Etna Borough is no stranger to the destructive power of stormwater runoff, and the situation has only worsened with continued development higher in the watershed that replaces open land with impervious surfaces – roads, parking lots, and buildings. While making improvements to engineered stormwater management elements, borough official have also readily embraced green infrastructure as part of the solution. On Saturday, September 7, Etna Borough hosted a rain garden workshop aimed at helping landscape professionals learn to properly design, install and maintain rain gardens.
Through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, 4-H Pittsburgh has teamed with two long standing grass roots organizations (The Kingsley Association and Nabhi Christian Ministries) to deliver an innovative youth development program geared towards African-American males. The project will primarily involve two neighborhoods, Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington.
Penn State Extension – Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council served up a good old fashioned community corn roast to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Farmers Market on August 19, 2013. Chef Bill Fuller, Executive Chef of BIG Burrito Restaurant Group presided over the grill, roasting local corn to perfection using his popular ‘Kaya Corn’ recipe, served with chipotle aioli and lime wedges to farm market customers and farmers.
Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County are hosting an open house at their demonstration gardens at North Park and South Park on Saturday, August 17 from 9 am to 1 pm. Activities at this annual family friendly event will include tours, demonstrations, tastings, and kids activities.
This is a “Foodies Alert” for the adventurous! If you want to explore interesting dishes, in a charming & rustic setting, we invite you to experience the 13th Annual Edible Flowers Food Fest. This year’s food fest will be held on Thursday, July 18th - 7:00 pm at the Buffalo Inn, South Park.
Creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage, David Culp is an expert on garden layering and perennials. No where is his expertise more apparent than the majestic display of plants at his Brandywine Cottage, a garden listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens and regularly highlighted by Martha Stewart Living and HGTV.
The evolution of the existing planters in Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard began in 2009 when these four raised beds were retrofitted and converted into rain gardens. Downspouts were diverted, the beds filled with healthy soil and drainage material and populated with drought tolerant native plants. All are conscientiously maintained by a team of Penn State Master Gardeners who would like to invite the downtown crowd to learn more about them...
Farm owners will develop the knowledge and skills to adopt environmentally sound practices aimed at managing healthy animals, healthy farms and a healthy environment.
It seems that we are experiencing more unusually warm periods during mid- and late-winter, so trees may be more susceptible than in the past to moderately low winter temperatures. Lessons from years in which there was a sudden drop in temperature indicate that trees most injured were those that lacked adequate vigor, those that were too vigorous, and those that had been pruned before the cold event.
Thank you for all your support! If you were unable to join us for this "Brilliant" experience, please check our Facebook page and future newsletters for upcoming excursions. Want to know what our 2013 Flower Show travelers will be doing, read on...Calling all winter-weary gardeners who have an itch for color and travel. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7, 2013 when we will travel east to Philadelphia for the International Flower Show held right in the heart of the city, and the following day, a docent led tour of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.
Indiana County 4-H Members Honored At Achievement Celebration! Garrett Richardson was Outstanding Senior Member and Katelin Olson was the Outstanding Junior Member.
Three Indiana County 4-H horse club members were recently honored at the 53rd Annual PA State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg.
Despite the popularity and life-like appearance of modern artificial trees, nothing says “Christmas” like the fragrance a cut, live Christmas tree brings to your home. Beyond the initial set up and making sure it always has water, a well-selected cut tree is not much more trouble than an artificial one. And you do not have to worry about storing it for the rest of the year!
In a culture where a cheeseburger is cheaper than an apple, sometimes it is not easy deciphering what to eat, how much to eat, or even where to eat. Our nation is confused and overwhelmed with food. Unfortunately, the food industry’s misleading marketing has led to misinformed consumers, resulting in an astronomical prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These diseases have crept into our children, escalated health-care costs, and done a number on our aging bodies.
Now that the growing season is over, it is time to prepare the vegetable garden for winter. A little work now can help reduce next year’s insect and disease problems while improving the soil. Removing spent plants is a good first step. Getting rid of those plants helps eliminate overwintering sites for insects and disease-causing organisms. If you do not have a compost pile, fall is a good time to start one so that you can compost those spent plants – at least the healthy ones.