Juniata County Master Gardener Program
Juniata County Master Gardener News
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.
May 28, 2015Hardy succulents are a delight to those who consider themselves to have a black thumb.
The Lenten Rose
March 18, 2015For 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, 2014It 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.
Black Rot on Grapes
August 17, 2015Weather 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, 2015Foliage 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, 2015Fall 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, 2015There 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.
Care and Feeding of Hydrangeas
July 30, 2015Let's face it, gardeners -- hydrangeas are terrific landscape plants. They do have deer issues, don't always bloom reliably, and sometimes the flower color isn't quite what we want. Not to fret -- although the hydrangea breeders haven't yet solved the deer browsing problems, they have introduced some new cultivars that are reliable bloomers/re-bloomers. Depending on the hydrangea species/cultivar, flower color may or may not be impacted by soil pH.
Master Gardener Basic Training: Franklin County
When: September 3, 2015Where: Chambersburg, PA
When: September 12, 2015Where: Chambersburg, PA
Bonsai and Houseplants plus Terrarium Workshop
When: September 19, 2015Where: Chambersburg, PA
Learn about Backyard Orchards
When: September 22, 2015Where: New Bloomfield, PA
Garden Gold: Composting Class
When: September 26, 2015Where: Chambersburg, PA