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Purple Cone Flower entered in the Fair
May 3, 2017

Now that it seems spring finally is here, it is not too early to start planning for the South Mountain Fair. The fair opens early again this year on August 1 at 4 pm and runs through August 5. Please take note of this early date.

March 23, 2016

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Adams County recently awarded Service Pins and Charms to Master Gardeners for achieving goals of volunteer hours, and for years of service.

Mr. Yuk
March 23, 2016

Mr. Yuk has been a familiar face in many schools in Adams County during the months of February and March. This green, not very happy face was first seen in the early 1970’s. It serves as a reminder to be careful with chemicals and other common household products that could become a poison if not used properly.

March 23, 2016

Gardening in Your Environment is a seven week course offered every year by the Adams County Master Gardeners with a slightly different twist each year.

Bees on Coneflower
March 23, 2016

We must make friends with bees if we are to continue to have food that in large part is pollinated by bees. Our farmland is constantly being reduced by housing developments but our farm production has risen over the decades because of better methods of farming. Bees are part of that improvement in farming methods, and Master Gardeners are helping with the science of finding out where the bees are and what plants they like to feed on.

March 11, 2015

The first day of spring has arrived after an Arctic cold February and the entrance of March as a lion. However, an early Easter is nipping at their heels. So, our thoughts turn to candy, flowers and decorations.

Some plants, if left uncut, will provide lots of winter interest, as well as shelter and forage for native fauna.
December 11, 2014

Mr. Jack Frost comes silently upon your garden in the early morning hours, and when daylight comes, you see sad, browned foliage and drooping flowers. What do you do next?

Stormwater Run-Off
December 11, 2014

As a homeowner with a sloping lot by Lake Meade, I have learned that the problem of rainwater runoff reaches beyond my own landscape all the way to the overall health of our regional waterways.

December 11, 2014

Most of your earliest spring garden color can come from bulbs. If you enjoy seeing active growth as early as March (and sometimes, even February), now is the time to plan and plant. Hopefully, any questions you have will be answered here.

Plants growing in amended soil.
December 11, 2014

Gardeners are always hoping for good soil in which to plant. A recent theme throughout the summer months has been one of different soil types: May and June plantings in the vegetable garden depended on the right combo of soil, sun and rain, and a July sermon at church focused on planting seeds in good soil to produce the best spiritual results. Conversely, seeds of doubt that fall on "fertile soil" could serve to taint the desired result.

Family Gardening Will Ensure a Summer of Learning and Sharing
December 11, 2014

Fall is a good time to start family gardening; you don’t need a large project to start with. Planting spring blooming bulbs such as crocus, tulips or daffodils in a flower bed or a good size outdoor container is easy and can be a Saturday adventure. Going to a gardening home store or shopping online is informative and fun for children.

Trout Lilies, native plants in meadows and woodlands, have been widely used for both medicinal and culinary purposes.
July 10, 2014

As we reminisce about the 151st Anniversary of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, here are some gardening techniques that a woman would reflect upon and utilize in 1863.

Early spring planting using newspaper and mulch keeps the weeds down.
July 10, 2014

“What’s black and white and green all over?” Well, it’s the same answer as for the old riddle: “What’s black and white and read all over?” Of course, that would be Newspaper.

July 10, 2014

Do you own your yard? Or does your garden own you? How less complicated life would be if everyone understood the value of gardening with nature. People would grow trees, shrubs, and a variety of flowers and vegetables, with minimal lawn area. There would be birds singing everywhere. There would be little or no need for pesticides which affect our water sources.

Gardening magazines
June 25, 2014

Look on any magazine rack and you’ll see there is no shortage of magazines on gardening. Beyond the seasonal, there are the monthly and bi-monthly publications that are most economical if you subscribe to them. The following selection guides you to a few of these available garden publications.

May 21, 2014

April and May are two of the busiest months in your garden. Get a jump on some of the maintenance now, so you can enjoy those early spring blooms.

Three Spring Flowers
May 21, 2014

Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the surprises of nature. One of my favorite activities is to take a walk and look for spring wildflowers poking up from their winter nap.

This illustration shows the many layers required in the installation of a “green roof.”
November 19, 2013

“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.

During the Civil War era, residents of Adams County would harvest wild and cultivated plants for their medicinal, culinary and other properties.  Bloodroot, was used as a heart stimulant.
November 13, 2013

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.

This proud Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) makes hearts stop whenever it is sited!
July 12, 2013

The bald eagle population is on the rise in Pennsylvania and is one of the great wildlife conservation stories.