The review of subdivisions and land developments is an important part of local municipal planning commissions, which impacts how our communities look. Penn State Extension, as part of the PA Municipal Planning Education Institute, will be conducting a Course in Subdivision & Land Development on September 18, 25 & October 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Moscow Borough Hall, 123 Van Brunt St., Moscow, PA 18444.
Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap as many folks believe that they cause weight gain. Potatoes are considered a vegetable; however, because they are a starchy vegetable, it is recommended to eat only up to five cups a week based on a 2000 calorie diet. Every day we should strive to eat two and one half cups of vegetables.
Often one of the jobs of the kitchen helpers is to clear the table and put away any leftovers. Food storage containers can be great tools for kitchen helpers, or they can be a nightmare. Choosing the proper food storage containers is important both for food safety and food quality. Food safety experts warn not to reuse packaging materials such as paper, paperboard, and expanded foam containers, like foam cups and foam meat trays. These containers have air spaces that will store food particles and bacteria.
Rice is an economical food for family meals. It is a good source of energy, and can supply vitamins and minerals to the diet. It is generally classified as a grain, but in family meals it can be used as a cereal, as a substitute for potatoes, in soups, and as a dessert. The custom of throwing rice at weddings is a survival of the ancient Chinese religious belief that rice is the symbol of fertility.
Flowering Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) known to most by the name Bradford Pear, which was one of the first introduced cultivars of this Asian pear is probably the most over planted landscape tree.
Summer is the season when vegetables are available. They are popping up at road side stands, farmers markets, maybe even your own backyard. It is a great time of year for enjoying vegetables and to introduce new vegetables to children.
Many families with different cultures have different eating habits and manners when eating together at the table.
Purple coneflower, native to the Eastern and Central U.S., is tough, drought tolerant, easy to grow, and attracts wildlife to the garden. In 1998, E. purpurea ‘Magnus’ was named “Perennial Plant of the Year” by the Perennial Plant Association. Since then its popularity has exploded.
After our prolonged winter and cold spring, we are all looking forward to the warm days of summer and the colorful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables which they bring. However, the excessive heat and lack of rain that often occur during the summer months will require watering our gardens.
Since almost all insects found in the typical lawn are beneficial and since those which are harmful rarely appear in the quantities required to create noticeable damage, the list of insects we as homeowners need to worry about is fairly limited. The white grubs, however, often appears at the top of this list. If left unchecked, it can appear in sufficient numbers to cause detrimental harm to our lawns.
There are more ticks in more places than ever before and numbers are soaring. The presence of ticks is being tracked by TickSpotters. In the northeast, deer ticks are loaded with pathogens. One in every three deer ticks transmits some disease agent.
Collecting and cooking with native flowers can add a whole new dimension to your culinary palate.
1. Do all vegetable leaves have the same vein pattern? 2. Methods for Drying flowers
At times cleaning products can be a bit pricy. Common and safe household ingredients such as plain soap, baking soda, and vinegar or lemon juice can be low cost ingredients for a number of household friendly recipes, including floor cleaner. Make your own cleaning solutions to “be green” and save money too.
Health professionals recommend that adults eat 2 servings of fish a week to prevent heart disease. However, for adults most fish just isn’t in our weekly food selection. For kids, it’s eaten even less. It may be difficult to prepare and serve fish twice a week.
On today’s store shelves, shoppers can now find new whole grain flour—Whole Grain White Wheat. Some may ask, it’s white, how could it be whole wheat?
Is the word milk in your or your family’s daily vocabulary? Do you know how much calcium you or your child needs everyday to maintain or grow healthy bones? If milk isn’t a household item in your house, then do you know what foods help you get calcium into your diet?
Luzerne county Master Gardeners will be hosting six workshops over the next several months. Dates include: March 12th, April 9th, May 14, July 9th, September 10th and October 8th.
Spring gardening chores for a happy and healthy garden and lawn.
Once the snow starts to melt and the temperatures begin to warm, many of us will be eager to plant grass seed to fill in bare spots or repair grass damaged during the winter. One key to success is to purchase quality grass seed. In addition to obtaining seed produced by a reputable company, we can also look at the label on the package to verify that it meets certain standards.