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August 4, 2015

As Americans deal with increased health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, studies are showing that a connection to nature, even just viewing trees, can improve one’s health...

July 28, 2015

Have you had your summer outing or activity ruined by a bee sting? Whether it’s enjoying a backyard cookout, mowing the lawn, painting the house, or other tasks, we all have felt the burning, intense pain of a sting.

Brown lesions with pale green halo characteristic of late blight (Photo: Beth K. Gugino).
July 20, 2015

There are a multitude of diseases that attack our garden vegetables.

Photo by: Margaret Douglas/Penn State
July 8, 2015

One of the nicest parts of gardening is enjoying your home landscape in the morning. Before the rush of day and the heat of summer, it is a simple pleasure to go out in work in the yard, harvest a crop, or simply take in the lush green and colored beauty of nature...

July 7, 2015

Your spring flowering shrubs were full of color this spring, but now that they are done, you should start thinking about boosting next year’s bloom...

June 29, 2015

June and July are the growing months. The days are long and the sun is strong...

June 22, 2015

Water is in the news more than ever. On the national perspective, we’re watching the droughts continue in the western United States...

June 8, 2015

Hopefully, your tomatoes are planted and they are off to a good start...

June 1, 2015

Yes, those hungry gypsy moth caterpillars are back in full force in many areas across northeastern Pennsylvania. About three weeks ago, the tiny larval stage of gypsy moth hatched and began ballooning all over Carbon, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

May 23, 2015

On Monday, May 25 is significant because it is Memorial Day. We look forward to the unofficial start of summer...

May 19, 2015

Tried and true, the geranium is one of the most popular flowering plants for a garden bed, containers, pots and hanging baskets.

May 18, 2015

When it comes to vegetable gardens, tomatoes are king. We love our tomatoes...

May 11, 2015

As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn.

May 9, 2015

Weeds 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.

Bergenia "Pink Dragonfly" - Photo by Marietta Garr
May 9, 2015

What 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.

Image by Paul Heller, PSU Dept of Entomology
May 9, 2015

With 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.

Photo Credit: PSU Entomology Dept.
May 9, 2015

Do you have silvery mucous trails in your garden? If you do, you may have slugs. These slimy trails and slugs lurking in your plants and vegetables are unappealing and unappetizing.

May 9, 2015

As a young girl growing up, one of my fondest memories of my mother’s garden was the bouquet of dahlias that adorned the dining room table all summer and fall. Oh, the colors were so varied, and so were the blooms!

Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota
May 9, 2015

Squash bugs, Anasa tristis, are the bane of squash and pumpkin growers. These insect pests may also suck the sap from leaves, stems, fruit and vines of gourds, melons, and cucumbers.

May 6, 2015

Have you been reading the headlines lately? The elections, the economy, world events, and more have vied for your attention...