Erie County Master Gardeners Award Scholarships
August 31, 2015
The Penn State Extension Erie County Master Gardeners established a scholarship in 2008 to assist students preparing for careers in horticulture, food and nutrition, environmental studies, landscape architecture and/or design. This year $2,000 in scholarships were awarded.
Black Rot on Grapes
August 17, 2015
Weather conditions this year have been exceptionally favorable for black rot, and many home gardeners are having problems with it. Even if you are following the cultural control recommendations (proper pruning and removing diseased plant material from the vineyard), the disease may be ruining your grape harvest. If so, consider using a fungicide starting early next spring to protect your fruit.
Broadleaf Evergreens for Fragrance and Shade
August 12, 2015
Foliage in our gardens is utilitarian and provides a backdrop for summer plantings while providing good cover for nesting birds. Broadleaf evergreens come in a variety of sizes and forms and they add color and structure to winter landscapes.
August 12, 2015
Fall means pumpkins – for Jack o’ Lanterns, pies and other goodies. But pumpkins aren’t the only winter squash used for making soups and desserts and for fall decorating. There are a variety of colorful squashes available in the autumn months.
Attracting Beneficial Insects
July 30, 2015
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial” in that they are predators or parasitoids of pest insects. Predators feed on various life stages of insect pests, while parasitoids live in or on them, eventually killing the pest. Unless you regularly use broad-spectrum insecticides, they already are more active in your garden than you realize.