Lackawanna 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.

Lackawanna County Master Gardener News

Sweet Potatoes, 8/2014 by Mike Mozart-flickr.com-CC BY 2.0 Generic
Buy Sweet Potatoes Now to Grow Your Own in the Spring
October 4, 2016
Sweet potatoes are a fun crop to grow...
Cacao (Theobromae cacao)-Potassium deficiency-Scot Nelson-Flickr.com-2.0
Did this Summer’s Heat and Drought Impact Your Landscape?
September 26, 2016
Mean temperatures in July 2016 will go down as the warmest on record, not just for July, but for any month dating back to the late 1800s when we began recording temperatures...
Photo: Amanda Hirsch-Mums at Elmer’s Market on route 404 in Delaware-Flickr.com 2.0
Fall Chrysanthemums Require Care, Revive Outdoor Spaces in Autumn
September 22, 2016
Even though the growing season is over for the most part, you can give your garden a reprieve with a splash of fall color.
Matt Tillett-St. Mary's MD-Flickr.com 2.0
Cover Crops Improve Soil, Reduce Erosion, Make Garden Look Nice
September 13, 2016
Due to the warm dry summer, many of our gardens are finishing early. It is a good time to plant a cover crop in your garden.
Juicy grass by Kamil Porembinski on Flickr.com CC BY 2.0
Fall is the Ideal Time to Evaluate Lawn Care, Take Steps Toward Better Spring Grass
August 30, 2016
Fall is a very productive time for turf grasses and they will enter a growth spurt in contrast to your other plants.

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

Garlic Festival
When: August 26-27, 2017
Where: Clarks Summit, PA
The Fall Garden Clean-up
When: September 16, 2017
Where: Brodheadsville, PA
Master Gardener Bus Trip to New York Botanical Garden
When: October 4, 2017
Where: Tunkhannock, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Pike County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Hawley, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Susquehanna County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Montrose, PA