The North American Manure Expo event will be in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on July 14th and 15th. One new promotional twist for the Manure Expo is a T-shirt contest that is just plain fun.
Our annual plant sale features the following items: perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable, native plants, container gardens, hypertufa items and compost. Line forms early. May 16th, 8 am-noon at the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden, 1 Library Dr., Lewistown, PA.
Seeds that are directly sowed in the natural environment will always look like hardy plants, but when you want to get a head start in the spring with plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and many annuals; trying to replicate natural conditions requires a few variables.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with Hellebore (common name for Helleborus), these lovely plants are one of the first to bloom and can be purchased in an array of colors from white to deep purple which look almost black.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
The European Hornet is in the same family as the yellowjackets native to Pennsylvania, which includes the bald-faced hornet we see making those basketball size paper nests hanging from tree limbs.
Fall plantings can be very successful as long as you do not wait until late fall.
It may sound uncommon, but you can grow great vegetables in containers as well. There are good reasons to try it if you have limited garden space, or it could simply be a decorative conversation piece with multiple uses.
Heat stress in poultry typically begins when the ambient temperature climbs above 80 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes very apparent at temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
April is a great time to get a few things around the garden accomplished before the landscape returns to a mosaic of green.
Finding a happy medium between heating air inside the house while ventilating for desirable air quality can be difficult. However, appropriate ventilation is necessary to maintain healthy environmental conditions for broilers while keeping economic production in mind.
Because an increased fly population may lead to a health nuisance in and around the farm as well as in neighboring communities, it is extremely important for poultry producers to take action prior to facing possible threats of litigation.
September to November is when the adult Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) begin to search for overwintering sites.
Early fall is the best time of year for lawn care. It is time to fertilize, aerate, over seed, lime, and dethatch.
The grubs that were seen in the spring have since emerged as adult beetles between June and July. The adults have laid eggs in the soil, the eggs hatched, and the new grubs are feasting on the roots of your turf.
These insects are easily recognized in there later life stages by the cases, or bags, that the caterpillar forms to suspend itself from the plants on which it feeds.
Of course, the time and labor of weeding is something we all would prefer to pass up, but managing weeds in your vegetable plots can ensure greater production and less disease.
Having a detailed garden plan can greatly improve the success of growing vegetables.
Herb Gardens can be enjoyed both indoor and outdoor, and they require minimal amounts of space.