Artemisia (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.
The 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.
Mr. 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.
Many 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. When the vision of bountiful spring flowers imagined when placing the order and planting the bulbs does not materialize, it is hard to blame them. However, there are many lovely species of bulbs that resist animal damage without repellants, chicken wire cages or fencing. True, I’m not talking about tulips and most crocus varieties, but the array of other bulbs available that shine without much effort of your part will make you forget all about them.
A 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?
A soil test offers a road map indicating what your soil needs to produce strong, healthy plants, trees, flowers, vegetables, and lawns. A water test checks the condition of your drinking water, irrigation water, pond water and other water sources.