Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Cooperative Extension. Once they complete their training, Master Gardeners help Extension better serve the home gardening public by answering questions, speaking to groups, working with 4-H horticultural projects, participating in civic beautification, maintaining demonstration gardens, teaching plant sciences and horticulture, maintaining this web site, and in many other ways.
Luzerne County Master Gardener News
Spring into Action
March 13, 2012Spring is always eagerly awaited, especially by gardeners. Here are some reminders for the season:
Pruning for Fire Blight
November 17, 2011Winter can be hard to bear. Rhododendron leaves curl tight to prevent water loss as winds howl and temperatures plummet. Birds puff up their feathers for insulation from the cold. Gardeners fret as they yearn to get growing again. But there is one gardening chore that is best done in the cold season, so there is good reason to bundle up and get some fresh air.
Native Plants: Decorating for the Holidays
November 17, 2011Now that we have had our first snow fall it should be easier for us to really begin to think about holiday decorations. Why not incorporate some of our native plants’ ornamental features in a floral decoration?
The Bug Box: Uninvited Houseguests
November 17, 2011With the end of this year’s gardening season, many of us have houseplants that spent most of the season outside. Like the good gardeners I know you all are, before you brought these plants back inside, you isolated them in another area to make sure they were pest free, right?
November 17, 20112011 was a rough year for gardeners. Spring was late in coming. We had much too much rain and too little sun (except for July, when it was too hot and dry). Excessive wind and rain damaged crops, and flooding wiped out entire fields.