Cumberland County Master Gardener Program
Cumberland County Master Gardener News
Gardening with Nature Series 2015
February 20, 2015Join Penn State Master Gardeners for a season-long series of informal workshop sessions about creating a beautiful garden while preserving a healthy environment.
Plant, Prepare, Partake! Project Wins 1st Place
July 16, 2014The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.
Time to Pick Your Tomatoes for 2014
March 18, 2014Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer.
Raised Bed Gardening
April 26, 2012I have been using raised beds to grow crops for over two decades. An intensively-planted raised bed with vegetables leaves little room for weeds to grow and is an ideal way to garden in a small space.
Taking Stock in the Garden
August 30, 2011A Love - Hate Relationship
Plant It Right for Healthier, Long-Lived Plants
May 14, 2015The future success of any new landscape plantings depends heavily on whether or not you plant them correctly. Improperly planted plants are far less able to cope with adverse conditions such as disease, insect attack, and drought. Trees are much less forgiving than perennials, but proper planting techniques apply generally to all plants.
Don’t Over Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring!
May 11, 2015As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn.
Canada Thistle: Bane of Gardeners
May 9, 2015Weeds are a big problem in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients, and they often harbor pests and disease. They also detract from the beauty of the garden. I’m fairly diligent about weeding, and I utilize mulch to reduce the number of weeds present, but our sun-drenched yard encourages their germination and propagation. And so I weed – a lot.
Oh No! You Have Clay Soil
May 9, 2015What can you do if you have clay soil? First of all run over those leaves in the fall with your lawn mower and then spread them around where you want better soil. Amending the clay soil with organic matter improves drainage, retains moisture and improves soil texture.
The Lawn Corner: Chinch Bugs
May 9, 2015With warmer weather quickly arriving, it will not be long before all types of insects start to appear. Though most of these insects are beneficial or little more than a passing nuisance, the hairy chinch bug can spend the summer severely damaging even the healthiest home lawn.
When: June 3, 2015Where: Gettysburg, PA
Nature Photography Class
When: June 6, 2015Where: Chambersburg, PA
Family Garden Day
When: June 6, 2015Where: Carlisle, PA
Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
When: June 11, 2015Where: New Bloomfield, PA
Butterfly Container Workshop
When: June 13, 2015Where: Carlisle, PA