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Lawn care and gardening resources and tips for the homeowner provided by the Penn State Extension Horticulture Team and Master Gardeners.

Spotlight

Master Gardener Manual
Revised in full color and with nearly 400 photographs, this 800-page book provides horticultural knowledge in botany; plant propagation; soil health; plant diseases; entomology; integrated pest management; lawn care; vegetable gardening; indoor, herbaceous, woody, and native plants; tree fruit and small fruit; weeds and invasive species; and pruning. Composting, landscape design, garden wildlife, and equipment are also discussed.

Gardening News

Photo by Pamela T.  Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden
June 13, 2017
Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. You can solve this problem by creating a flower garden specifically for cutting. I will explain how to construct and care for a cutting garden using flowers most suitable for the Pennsylvania.
Heat Proofing Your Vegetable Garden
June 12, 2017
The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during a heat wave. Here is how you can to protect your garden – and harvest during a heat wave.
Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
The Highs and Lows of Gardening: Vines and Groundcovers
May 16, 2017
Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden.
 Bleeding heart by Liz West / Muffet, Flickr.com License 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
An Old Fashioned Favorite: Bleeding Heart
May 15, 2017
Plants often spark memories for me. Bleeding heart has a special place in my garden and my heart.

Upcoming Events

Baking Pies with Fruits of the Harvest
When: August 16, 2017
Where: Honesdale, PA
Williamsport Grower's Market - Stop by the Master Gardener's Table!
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Williamsport, PA
Garden in the Park Field Day
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Booth at the Crawford County Fair
When: August 19-26, 2017
Where: Meadville, PA
Beneficial Insects
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Brodheadsville, PA
Insect Oddballs in the Garden!
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Bethlehem, PA
Ned Smith: Gone for the Day
When: August 22, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA