I went for a walk last Sunday, enjoying bright sunshine and blue skies, and encountered a delightful but little known native wildflower, blue-eyed grass, blooming along the way. It’s not really a grass, being a member of the Iris family, but it really does have a true blue flower. For me, that’s reason enough to recommend it for the garden, although some garden writers dismiss it as too inconsequential for inclusion in the garden. Often, the beauty of a plant is in the details.
On Thursday, May 10th at the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting, Dave Armstrong with PA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (PA-TACF) will give a presentation on the restoration of the American chestnut. Mr. Armstrong will speak about the reintroduction of the American chestnut that should be disease resistant. He will talk about the different stages of reintroduction and the success of each stage. The mission of the PA-TACF is to restore the American chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Adams County Extension Office which is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg PA 17325-3404. You do not have to be a member and there is no cost to attend.
Potatoes are a very easy vegetable to grow. They are categorized as early season, mid-season, and late season, ready for harvest in 60, 80, and 90 days respectively.
I have been using raised beds to grow crops for over two decades. An intensively-planted raised bed with vegetables leaves little room for weeds to grow and is an ideal way to garden in a small space.
Save the date of Saturday, May 19, for great plants at the Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners’ eighth annual Plant Fest.
Let’s say you want to plant a tree this spring. Perhaps the beauty of spring-flowering trees has inspired you, or perhaps you need to replace a tree damaged by the Halloween snow last fall. But do you know the right way to plant a tree? You may be surprised to find that it’s not what you may have been taught.
Lettuce and spinach are cool-weather crops that can be the first veggies to plant and the first to harvest in the springtime. Here are some tips for growing them in the garden.
Penn State Extension of Cumberland County is once again sponsoring a Photo Contest.
Are you a keen gardener? Do you love to share your gardening knowledge to help others be more successful gardeners? Then you might be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener program. Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension who assist Extension staff in providing and expanding its educational programs in consumer horticulture.
Spring is officially here. Not only did spring warmth arrive early, but the consistently above-average temperatures lasting for several weeks, both day and night-time, have pushed along development of buds and blooms in a short time. Comparing previous years’ entries in my garden journal with this year, we are about three weeks early with flower development.
Penn State Extension – Franklin County is offering a water testing program during National Drinking Water Week. The program encourages private well owners to test their water at group rates.
Tree fruit crops are in various stages of bloom and freezing temperatures are a concern. The temperature at which fruit buds are injured depends primarily on their stage of development.
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.
Grocery store shelves and restaurant menus are often crowded with foods containing solid fats, added sugars and high levels of sodium. During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is helping Americans understand how to get the most nutrients they need from the foods they eat, all surrounding this year's theme: "Get Your Plate in Shape."
On Monday, May 7, 2012, Penn State Extension in partnership with the Cumberland County Conservation District and the Cumberland County Planning Department is offering a Municipal Stormwater Management Workshop to help municipalities, municipal engineers and community planners implement new cost effective stormwater management practices.
March 11 - 17 is Pennsylvania 4-H Week! Show your 4-H Pride by wearing your favorite 4-H apparel! Don't have any 4-H apparel? Stop by the Extension office to pick up a tie-dyed 4-H t-shirt!! This week ONLY t-shirts are 20% off! The sale price will be just $12 per shirt. We also have sweatshirts for $22 and a small variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts from previous years being offered at discounted prices. Stop in and get yours today!
Food is meant to be enjoyed, but eating less is the key to weight management and disease prevention, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) encourages everyone to "Get Your Plate in Shape."
Now that spring is in the air, many people have been stopping in to the Extension office to purchase a soil test kit. Here are answers to some frequently-asked questions about soil testing.
During National Nutrition Month® and beyond, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) encourages everyone to include healthy foods from all food groups through this year's theme: "Get Your Plate in Shape."
4-H will be taking orders for high quality strawberry plant bundles. These plants come from virus indexed, tissue cultured mother plants. Plants come in bundles of 25. Each bundle contains a single variety.