Thankfully, 2013 was a much better year for gardeners than the previous one.
I won’t lie. I am a plant addict. I want every plant. On my small patch of land there are many native plants, but also a plethora of plants from around the world. What I do is make sure that the balance leans towards the North American trees, shrubs and perennials. It is the only way to be responsible and help the “wild kingdom” that was here long before I came along.
You may be longing for the seasonal rest a gardener deserves when the garden is put to bed for its long winter’s nap. However, there are a few things you can do to help those long, dark days of winter pass by. A walk through the garden adorned with bows, evergreens, berries, pine cones, and unusual bark, whether real or artificial, reveals some of its more subtle beauty.
Now that our gardens have been put to bed, it is time to think of some things to do to brighten the shortened days of the cold season.
Save gallon jugs this winter for watering plants.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a report based on natural gas production in the northeast and the effects on the region's gas inflow.
Like many people, you may have fallen into the trap of thinking, “I am a farmer, not a business person.” However, consider the amount of money you handle in a year – most small business owners would like to handle that much money in a year’s time. You are a business person, and as such, you need to plan for success!
It is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and you realize that your 25 pound turkey is still in the freezer. Yikes! You have just 2 days to get it thawed… but you know that if you put it in the refrigerator (a safe way to thaw your meat) it will never be ready for roasting by Thursday morning. What do you do?
Did you know that recent research by the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found there is a potential increase in the risk of foodborne illness for individuals who wash poultry prior to cooking it?
“Round up the Usual Suspects!” We tend to think in those terms when we try to pin down “gassy” foods. The usual suspects include dried beans and peas, cucumbers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and other vegetables, plus milk and bran.
It is fall in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Our weather has been beautiful and most of our planting is done. We are harvesting the last tomatoes, peppers and beans in our vegetable gardens. But wait; there’s still planting to do. I just planted my turnips in the Trial Garden Plot. Then there are the flowering bulbs, garlic, and rhubarb to get in the ground before it freezes.
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.
Autumn is just about upon us, and you know the other word for the season -- Fall. Why? Because the leaves will soon be falling all around us. Many people think of falling leaves as something that must be raked up and thrown away, but leaves are intended by nature to be a natural fertilizer and protective cover for the earth.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Penn State University as a project partner to promote and raise awareness of the USDA funded AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians project.
There’s a lot of resistance to strategic planning: people often think of it as something to be endured that will have little value in the long run. They bemoan the time and energy it diverts from the ‘important work’ of the organization. But done right, strategic planning may be the most important work your organization can do.
Who among us as a child has never captured fireflies in a jar on a summer night?
Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for tree fruit growers throughout Pennsylvania. The meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information.
Did you ever wonder what happens to the "flushable" products on the market? How flushable are they?