Allegheny County Master Gardener Program
Allegheny County Master Gardener News
2014 Herb of the Year: Artemisia
June 30, 2014Artemisia (family Asteraceae) is a large genus including over 300 different species. It was chosen to be the "2014 Herb of the Year" by The International Herb Association.
Allegheny County Master Gardeners Recognized at State Conference with Two "Search for Excellence" Awards
July 5, 2012The Master Gardeners of Allegheny County were recognized with two first place awards in the Search for Excellence Program, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Master Gardener Conference, held in State College, last month. Judged by coordinators from counties throughout the Commonwealth, these awards identify exceptional volunteer projects that make a significant contribution to the community.
Master Gardeners Visit Pittsburgh Schools with Poison Prevention Lesson
June 1, 2012Mr. Yuk is green, Mr. Yuk is mean….This spring, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, with the help of Mr. Yuk, taught an important lesson in Poison Prevention to 666 first graders at twelve different Pittsburgh city schools.
Critter Resistant Spring Flowering Bulbs
August 3, 2011Many gardeners hesitate to put their work and money into spring flowering bulbs because they have had bad experiences with chipmunks and voles damaging the bulbs, or with rabbits and deer eating the plants once they grow in spring.
Q&A with Sandy Feather: Oak wilt can kill some trees quickly
March 7, 2011A disease called oak wilt has been identified in my neighborhood. I have three red oak trees that make my backyard a shady haven and I would hate to lose them. How can I protect my trees?
Tools of the Trade
March 26, 2015Gardening, no matter how much we enjoy it, is work.
Seed Starting and the War with Rabbits
March 11, 2015Have you planted some wonderful small young seedlings to have them become tasty morsels for your local rabbit family? Have you tried everything from scattering human hair, soap, hot peppers, and even fox urine to deter the rabbits and nothing worked?
Caring for Birds in the Winter
March 11, 2015Do you enjoy songbirds in your yard? Would you like to have more? Along with the butterflies and pollinators, they just make your garden come alive, and are so enjoyable to watch. While we enjoy the cozy warmth of our homes, the continuous cold weather and the fact that our gardens are pretty barren this time of year, make survival hard for the birds.
Container Gardening – Pops of Motivational Color in your Surroundings
March 10, 2015For those who have been “holed up” inside this winter, an interesting slant on what color does for us can carry on through from the winter months into spring and summer.
March 10, 2015Consider adding leeks to your spring vegetable garden. Leeks look like large scallions, having slightly enlarged lower stems and upright leaves, which are flat and thick, unlike onions’ tubular leaves. They are milder than onions and have a distinctive, though similar, flavor. Leeks are delicious additions to soups and stews. They can also be added to stuffing, gratins, and casseroles, or sautéed with other vegetables such as carrots.
Weekend Gardener Class: Extending the Season for Year Round Gardening
When: March 31, 2015Where: Youngwood, PA
Weekend Gardener Class: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Landscape Pest Problems
When: April 7, 2015Where: Youngwood, PA
Backyard Gardening Lecture Series: New and Underused Vegetables, Spices and Herbs
When: April 11, 2015Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Garden and Landscape Symposium
When: April 18, 2015Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Backyard Gardening Lecture Series: Green Gardens, Clean Water
When: April 25, 2015Where: Finleyville, PA