Homeowners often become concerned about their houseplants this time of year because they look unthrifty and may even shed leaves.
The heavy wet snow we experienced in October damaged many trees. Maples, sweetgums, sycamores and other trees that had not yet dropped their leaves were hit particularly hard.
Fall management of leaves in the home landscape has been an evolving issue. Thick layers of leaves left alone on our lawns can damage the turf, by blocking out needed sunlight.
Through the Tree Vitalize program, many Penn State Master Gardeners have become Tree Tenders. And they are planting lots of trees. Tree Tenders training is ongoing in many communities.
Once you’ve purchased your fresh tree for the holiday season, you need to maintain its freshness. Here are some tips to keep your cut Christmas tree fresh and safe throughout the holidays:
Holiday time is here again. And so are the joys and challenges of healthy holiday eating. When I attend a holiday gathering, I often find myself standing right beside the food table to be close to the goodies. I end up eating more than I need and thus am uncomfortable later in the evening.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, completed a study of 50 private water wells in Cameron County this summer
A common question we receive from individuals who are growing fruit trees in the home landscape is “Why are my apples (or peaches) so small?” Growing large fruit can also be a challenge for commercial fruit growers. Fruit size is influenced by cell numbers, cell size and intercellular air spaces. Plant physiologists are currently looking more closely at the processes involved in fruit growth and learning more about the pathways that control those processes. Potential implications for the fruit industry are increased product consistency and enhanced orchard sustainability. (Photo : In 2011, area orchards experienced dry conditions during the growing season and record-breaking precipitation, including a snow storm, in the fall. In preparation for the 2012 season, commercial growers are invited to participate in a Penn State Extension Crop Load Management Workshop to be held at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center on December 20th.)
“Fewer Americans are lighting up. Now more than ever, smokers are motivated to quit.” says a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The New Year is a perfect time to make a quit resolution. Belle Reve Senior Living Center in Milford will help by hosting Penn State Extension quit program this January.
The US Energy Information Administration reports the use of natural gas to generate electricity has steadily been increasing.
High tunnels offer an inexpensive way to extend the production season for vegetables and small fruits. They also might help eradicate a "food desert" in the southeast corner of the Keystone State, if a collaboration between Penn State Extension and community partners in Philadelphia is successful...
EPA will be hosting a second webcast to discuss the implications of the Sixth Circuit Court decision on Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements for pesticide discharges.
Because most of the plants that you will get as a holiday gift like bright light it is important to select a sunny window or well lighted area to showcase your holiday plant.
Summary of 2011 state data for West Nile Virus
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a $2.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how certain cover crops and rotations can improve production of organic commodities. The study's goal is to determine whether diverse cover crop mixtures -- as opposed to a single-species cover cropping -- can enhance ecosystem functions in a corn-soybean-wheat cash crop rotation that produces organic feed and forage, according to project leader Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry.
This sale is held in early November at the Penn State University Beef and Sheep Center on the University Park Campus. Students in a livestock merchandizing class help with all aspects of the sale activities. View Photo Album of a recent sale.
Learn more about the coconut and the latest craze.
A recent study looked at how much consumers know about food energy. How much do you really know?
Many have heard the rumors and discussion on a new disease found in NC and the US called box blight (boxwood blight). The following PDF has answers to many of the questions concerning this blight.
Since 2000, the Penn State Extension Urban Forestry Program has been training tree workers to prepare them for the International Society of Arboriculture's Certification Exam.