Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are having their annual fall mum sale on September 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courthouse Square, Corner of Spruce Street and Adams Avenue, Scranton
Luzerne county Master Gardeners will be hosting two fall/winter/holiday workshops on September 10th and October 8th.
When you think of the fall season, mums, pumpkins, and corn stalks often come to mind. With winter approaching all too fast, gardeners try to soak up as much garden atmosphere as they can to get them through that cold weather ahead.
A terrarium is a container designed to hold small plants and animals in controlled conditions. Its closed nature creates an environment that is easy to control, allowing people to simulate everything from the desert to the rainforest.
Gypsy moth egg masses laid in August sit silently throughout fall and winter waiting for spring to arrive at which time they will hatch mid-April to mid-May when temperatures are above 60°F here in Pennsylvania.
Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittas, are considered a fall nuisance to those of us who have boxelder trees (Acer negundo) near our homes. As the temperatures start to drop these insects decide that a good overwintering site is in our homes.
After a typical summer for our area, most of us find our lawn leaves something to be desired when compared to the lush lawn we had at the end of the spring.
Maintaining a shade garden after the spring bulbs have faded can be a challenge. Tall trees can suck up any moisture and leave you with bone dry soil. To correct the problem incorporate as much organic matter as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.