Juniata County Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants volunteer to teaching horticultural information to the public based on university research and recommendations.

Juniata County Master Gardener News

The Tomato Hornworm
July 12, 2017
Tomato hornworms are one of the garden’s largest caterpillars at nearly 3 to 4 inches long and about as big around as your little finger. They are green with diagonal white stripes with a black or reddish horn-like protrusion projecting from its rear end, hence hornworm.
Blight in your Garden?
June 19, 2015
“Blight” is a very general term to plant disease experts, because there are many kinds of blight diseases that attack different plant species.
Hardy Succulents
May 28, 2015
Hardy succulents are a delight to those who consider themselves to have a black thumb.
The Lenten Rose
March 18, 2015
For those readers who are unfamiliar with Hellebore (common name for Helleborus), these lovely plants are one of the first to bloom and can be purchased in an array of colors from white to deep purple which look almost black.
Growing Container Vegetables
May 27, 2014
It may sound uncommon, but you can grow great vegetables in containers as well. There are good reasons to try it if you have limited garden space, or it could simply be a decorative conversation piece with multiple uses.

Gardening News

Photo by Pamela T.  Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden
June 13, 2017
Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. You can solve this problem by creating a flower garden specifically for cutting. I will explain how to construct and care for a cutting garden using flowers most suitable for the Pennsylvania.
Heat Proofing Your Vegetable Garden
June 12, 2017
The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during a heat wave. Here is how you can to protect your garden – and harvest during a heat wave.
Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
The Highs and Lows of Gardening: Vines and Groundcovers
May 16, 2017
Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden.
 Bleeding heart by Liz West / Muffet, Flickr.com License 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
An Old Fashioned Favorite: Bleeding Heart
May 15, 2017
Plants often spark memories for me. Bleeding heart has a special place in my garden and my heart.
Heirloom Tomatoes
May 15, 2017
Heirloom tomatoes come in almost every color of the rainbow, with subtle variations in color, texture, size, shape and flavors. Each variety of heirloom tomato carries with it a story, one of history and folklore.

Regional Events

Backyard Railroad Gardening
When: July 29, 2017
Where: Orrstown, PA
Garden Art: Basic Flower Arranging Workshop
When: August 3, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Monarch Mania Class
When: August 15, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Franklin County
When: September 6, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Made for the Shade with George Weigel
When: September 7, 2017
Where: New Bloomfield, PA