Yes, those hungry gypsy moth caterpillars are back in full force in many areas across northeastern Pennsylvania. About three weeks ago, the tiny larval stage of gypsy moth hatched and began ballooning all over Carbon, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Summer is a great time for family traditions. Some families may go camping every summer...
On Monday, May 25 is significant because it is Memorial Day. We look forward to the unofficial start of summer...
On Memorial Day signifies the beginning of grilling season. While many of us think about cooking steaks and chicken on the barbecue, consider grilling fruits and vegetables.
The USDA MyPlate is an example of a healthy meal.
Tried and true, the geranium is one of the most popular flowering plants for a garden bed, containers, pots and hanging baskets.
When it comes to vegetable gardens, tomatoes are king. We love our tomatoes...
Some foods classified as fats can protect us against heart disease and yet other fats may contribute to heart disease. We need to eat some fats because they provide essential nutrients such as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. However, a healthy diet limits the amount of fat to five (5) teaspoons a day for adult women, and six (6) teaspoons a day for adult men.
May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the presence of gluten causes the immune system to trigger an attack on the intestines...
Most sweet desserts do not contain many nutrients our bodies need and have lots of calories. If you are a baker, you are in luck! Making desserts yourself can boost the nutrition of desserts. If you are not a baker, take the first step and learn how to make healthy sweet desserts.
As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn.
As the school year begins to wind down, parents must decide how children will be cared for while they are working...
Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food according to the Center for Disease Control. Eating more vegetables in salads can fill you up with just a few calories. Salads can be a great source of a variety of vegetables. However, they can also be a dumping ground for unwanted calories if they are topped with a lot of high calorie salad dressing.
Weeds are a big problem in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients, and they often harbor pests and disease. They also detract from the beauty of the garden. I’m fairly diligent about weeding, and I utilize mulch to reduce the number of weeds present, but our sun-drenched yard encourages their germination and propagation. And so I weed – a lot.
What can you do if you have clay soil? First of all run over those leaves in the fall with your lawn mower and then spread them around where you want better soil. Amending the clay soil with organic matter improves drainage, retains moisture and improves soil texture.
With warmer weather quickly arriving, it will not be long before all types of insects start to appear. Though most of these insects are beneficial or little more than a passing nuisance, the hairy chinch bug can spend the summer severely damaging even the healthiest home lawn.
Do you have silvery mucous trails in your garden? If you do, you may have slugs. These slimy trails and slugs lurking in your plants and vegetables are unappealing and unappetizing.
As a young girl growing up, one of my fondest memories of my mother’s garden was the bouquet of dahlias that adorned the dining room table all summer and fall. Oh, the colors were so varied, and so were the blooms!
Squash bugs, Anasa tristis, are the bane of squash and pumpkin growers. These insect pests may also suck the sap from leaves, stems, fruit and vines of gourds, melons, and cucumbers.
Pennsylvania is one of the largest growers of mushrooms! If you purchase mushrooms, it is very likely that they are grown right here in PA.