February is a wonderful time to think about fine-tuning your gardening skills. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, there is always so much to learn. Let the Penn State Master Gardeners of Adams County help you resolve your gardening problems or learn how to get started through their class series Gardening in Your Environment.
“Green Roof’ is an environmental term -- it is not a metal or shingle roof that is green in color. It is a roof that is environmentally friendly because of the use of soil and green plants in its construction.
With all the excitement, celebration, passion, and enthusiasm of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, I thought that it would be fun to learn about gardening during the Civil War. Gardening was a means of sustenance and survival during that era.
As we enter the fall of the year, we often reflect on our garden – what we did right, and what didn’t go so well. This fall we will be offering a Garden Design Series, focusing on specific plant groups and design. If we make the right decisions in advance by planning before implementing, our plant selections will thrive longer, and we will enjoy our gardens longer with less frustrations.
The bald eagle population is on the rise in Pennsylvania and is one of the great wildlife conservation stories.
If you are a person who would like your property to look nice with minimum gardening effort, this article is for you.
The scent of vanilla is my absolute favorite. I even have vanilla scented cologne. Who would not want to smell this wonderful scent? Cooks and bakers know the familiar and essential ingredient, vanilla extract, comes from a vanilla bean. But, did you know that the vanilla bean is actually the seedpod of an orchid?
A beautiful perennial that was recently introduced to my garden is Crocosmia. It is under-utilized, despite its supreme beauty and ease of care.
The reddish-gray-colored common earthworm, often called a night crawler in the United States, is familiar to anyone with a fishing rod or a garden. They are indigenous to Europe, but are now abundant in North America and western Asia.
Gardens reflect the personalities of the gardeners who tend them. A garden that makes you happy is one that celebrates your life and gives you meaning. Wonderful memories can be made and recaptured in your garden.
When considering purchasing plants for your garden or landscaping design, I highly recommend you consider the daylily. This article will provide a plant description, detail several highlights about daylilies, and explain why they are considered the “perfect perennial.”
This is the second article in a series about botany for gardeners.
"To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries." Anne Raver, Longtime Garden Writer for the New York Times.
After a cold winter, spring has finally arrived, and it is time to plant the garden. One of the most popular annual plants, especially for Mother's Day, is the geranium. It decorates our flower beds and front porches and can be purchased at any type of store, ranging from small local nurseries to big box chains. In fact, the National Garden Bureau proclaimed both 1998 and 2012 as the year of the geranium.
If you are a gardener and enjoy your plants, you probably recognize the importance of a focal point which will enhance the beauty of these plants. A focal point can be anything that catches and holds your eye. It can be of practical use such as a bird bath, or it can be strictly ornamental. It can be a plant, or plant grouping, a whimsical or fun object, or a stately fountain or sculpture.
They say your home is an expression of who you are, so why wait until you get inside to express your personality? When you pull into your driveway, does your house say, "Welcome home?" Take a critical look at your front entrance. Are you pleased with what you see? What could you change to make it look better?
This article is the first in a series about the study of plants, knows as botany, for gardeners. It starts with a story about a wonderful acquaintance (whose second ever quilt won a $10,000 prize, but that is another story).
A wildlife garden can be described as an environment that is attractive to various forms of wildlife such as birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and mammals. Wildlife gardens may contain a range of habitats, including a pond to attract frogs, dragonflies, and birds; nest boxes for birds, log piles to provide shelter for insects, lizards, and worms; plants that attract beneficial insects; and a diverse supply of food (year round) to attract and keep wildlife in the garden.
Do you have some old overgrown shrubbery in your yard that is begging to be replaced? Is it blocking the windows, pushing you off the sidewalk, riddled with dead areas from past attacks of insects or wind damage? Maybe, you are just tired of going out there to do the big shearing job, but you are not sure how to go about solving the problem. Removing a large tree will probably require the help of a professional, but removing a shrub is not as hard as you might think.
Familiar and well-loved common names tend to get used for more than one plant. We should use common sense in talking about plants and remember that the botanical name is our guide to getting the right plant for the right spot in our gardens. However, to refer to potatoes by the botanical name Solanum tuberosum is not sensible. The same is true when talking about daffodils, pansies and other common garden plants. Botanical Latin, considered by some as a “dead language” since it is not spoken, is alive and well among gardeners. Botanical Latin plant names are intended to be specific, universal, and avoid the problems arising from using common names.