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Frost damage on ash
April 12, 2016

When we have unusually high temperatures in early spring, many woody trees and shrubs will break bud and leaf out or flower early. Once we have suddenly dipped back into winter with below freezing temperatures, frost damage occurs.

April 12, 2016

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs one can have. Good parenting takes lots of patience, understanding and perseverance.

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.

April 8, 2016

April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress is a normal part of life and can be caused by major life events like death or divorce, or by daily problems, worries and demands...

March 30, 2016

It’s about time to start seeding tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Start seeding now if you plan to transplant into your garden in mid-May.

March 30, 2016

Spring is here - time for spring cleaning!

March 21, 2016

Easter is second to Halloween as the most important candy-eating occasion of the year...

March 20, 2016

Looking to save some money on your food bill? Keep dinners on Monday meatless. It sounds easier than it is, especially if you tend to eat out on Mondays or don’t traditionally cook with beans, otherwise known as legumes!

March 20, 2016

If you find yourself throwing out food that you think isn’t safe to eat, you may be throwing money away.

March 14, 2016

We have experienced one of the mildest winters on record, in stark contrast to year’s record lows.

March 14, 2016

National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign conducted every year in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

March 13, 2016

Gather your family and friends, or co-workers to form teams of up to five people. Registered teams will take a virtual walk of a scenic route across Pennsylvania.

March 7, 2016

It is time to prune your apple and pear trees if you have not yet done it.

Red maple in bloom
February 29, 2016

It is early March and we are starting to see flower buds swelling on red maples, serviceberry and several other woody plants...

February 22, 2016

We have passed many winter milestones by now - the sun is setting later, groundhog’s day was a couple of weeks ago, Presidents Day was last Monday...

February 22, 2016

Parenting is often challenging. When families are in crises due to divorce, illness, unemployment, or other issues, it can become even more difficult to maintain balance in the home...

Photo courtesy of Penn State Live
February 22, 2016

This is the last of the series which update readers on the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines. We Americans love our salt. Salt is, in chemical terms, sodium chloride.

February 16, 2016

“Rediscovering” the pawpaw, a native North American fruit tree that produces a unique fruit with familiar taste.