As we settle down for the winter we often spend time thinking about our gardens and landscapes. We take stock of what we enjoyed in the garden, what we would like to change, and can’t wait for that first visit to the garden center to look for plants to add to our gardens and landscapes. If you are like me, you are an impulse buyer. You may see something that looks good in the pot and want to take it home. It does not matter where you will place it, if you have the correct growing conditions, or how big it will get, just that it looks nice in the pot. Today, I challenge you to think differently. First Challenge-Take stock
The office of Penn State Extension in Susquehanna County has recently been relocated to 88 Chenango Street in Montrose. Extension shares their new location, a turn of the century traditional home with the Susquehanna County Soil Conservation District. The new location is just down the street from our former location.
Proper well siting and construction leads to better water quality. Tips for inspecting older wells such as looking for signs of casing failure, the use of grout and the value of a sealed cap are discussed. A worksheet to help evaluate the condition and construction of an older well is discussed and linked.
If you are not on a public water supply, you probably get your water from a well. If you use private water supplies, such as wells, springs or cisterns, then the responsibility for the quality of your water is your own. You must take steps to ensure that your water is safe to drink. It must be free of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and harmful chemical impurities. It should also be clean, clear, and nonstaining, without offensive odors. A water test can confirm the presence of contaminants in a private water supply.
Penn State Cooperative Extension – York County is providing free and low cost pesticide recertification programs. Programs offer a variety of classes for Private, Commercial and Public Licensed Applicators to attend and meet state requirements. Free programs are being offered on February 8, 2012 and March 15, 2012. Additional programs occur through the year. For more information about these and future programs, please view the events section of our website or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at www.paplants.state.pa.us and select Pesticide Programs. To register for the February 8, 2012 or March 15, 2012 programs, please contact Penn State Extension at 717-840-7408. Space is limited. Programs will be held at the York County Annex Building, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402.
The Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science (DAS) was recognized with the Pennsylvania Angus Association's 2011 Seedstock Breeder of the Year Award.
While early registration for this week’s Southeast Greenhouse Growers Meeting this Thursday, 1/26 closed this past Friday, you can still participate.
An important component to winter tree identification is the shape or silhouette of the tree. The juxtaposition of the dark tree against winter snow or sky provides new "views" to learn your trees.
If you’ve ever experienced a child having a temper tantrum, you know that they can be difficult to handle. Often the results can be both parent and child are upset after the episode...
The first Penn State Water Resources webinar of 2012 will take place this January 25th.
Local Chester County 4-H'ers attend National Congress.
Creating a garden in dry shade can be a challenge for the perennial gardener. The list of perennial plants that will tolerate, let alone thrive in, the combination of low light and thin, dry soil is a relatively short one. Shallow-rooted trees, such as maples or beeches, create or compound the problem by competing with perennials and shrubs planted under their canopy for moisture and nutrients.
Learn how to read a water test report. Find out about the most common pollutants and get tips for managing your water system. Get YOUR question answered. January 25, noon to 1 o'clock.
Due to the weather forecast, the Year of the Dragon workshop for Saturday January 21 is now postponed until next Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 am. Any questions, please call us at 717-263-9226. Thank you!
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) requires the "person in charge" in a food service operation to hold a "nationally recognized food protection certificate" such as ServSafe®.
The Penn State Equine Science Program will be hosting a horse show judges and show management school on February 11-12, 2012 at the Ag Sciences and Industries Building at University Park.
When it is very cold, horses will reduce their water consumption and be at risk of colic. Horses should not be fed excessively cold water, as it may bring on colic symptoms. Try a heated waterer or consider taking warm buckets out when it's cold outside.
We’re halfway through winter and on the verge of winter first cold spell. Winter has arrived and along with it several things to consider that will keep your customers’ horses happy and healthy the whole season long.
We all have come across that horse that we think might be too thin or the one we know is overweight but just don’t want to admit it. Though most horse owners may be at a loss as to how to accurately determine what their horse actually weighs or what the ideal body condition is.
Neglect is the worst thing that happens to the horse during the winter months. Most horses are turned out to pasture and we only see them in the dark at feeding time.