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Pike Extension Master Gardeners May Hit and June’s Promising Program

Posted: June 13, 2014

Participants at last month’s free Herb Workshop, “A Tasteful Landscape,” thought the program was a hit.
Master Gardener Gretel Walker discusses herbs with attendees at the May Workshop “A Tasteful Landscape” held at the Pike County Public Library in Milford.

Master Gardener Gretel Walker discusses herbs with attendees at the May Workshop “A Tasteful Landscape” held at the Pike County Public Library in Milford.

May's Workshop Hit

Participants at last month’s free Herb Workshop, “A Tasteful Landscape,” were treated to wonderful samples of food made with culinary herbs and learned how to grow their own herbs in the garden or in containers. They also heard herbal lore and which herbs work well with what food you are preparing.

The Lavender Cookies made a big hit as did the Herb Butter. Below is a recipe for the Herb Butter sample from Penn State Master Gardener Gretel Walker.

Herb Butter Recipe:

  • ¾ lb. Unsalted Butter (salted is ok) softened
  • 4 Tablespoons of mixed, chopped fresh herbs (see below)
  • 1 Teaspoon dried Marjoram
  • 1 Teaspoon granulated Garlic
The chopped fresh herbs used, in order of importance were: Chives, Parsley, Garlic Chives and Thyme. Mix herbs and softened butter well with an electric mixer.

Gretel’s hints are:

  • when using fresh herbs, use 3-4 times as much as you would if they were dried.
  • when using the above herbs, do not use herbs such as Rosemary and Sage or herbs which belong in the licorice flavored herbs such as Fennel, Tarragon or Chervil.
  • Basil is another herb which seems to fight with the mixture of fresh herbs used.

June's Promising Program

You may think that plants just stay in their place and do nothing, but they are working parts of their community and have influence on other plants, insects and animals in their environment. Plants can work together to help themselves grow better and they can repel harmful animals and insects.

To discover how you can improve your vegetable yields, bring beneficial insects to your garden and diminish nasty bugs that are destroying your plants, register for the next free workshop “Good Companions Make a Happy Garden.” This program will take place at the Pike County Public Library, 119 East Harford Street in Milford on June 28 at 10 AM, where you can enter to win a free gardening book.

To register for this workshop and to find out about five more great gardening workshops being offered this season, go to our events page or visit the Penn State Pike County Extension Office in Milford for a brochure.

Finally, the Penn State Master Gardeners will be manning their Hotline for any and all questions pertaining to plant disease, pest management and lawn and garden questions now through the end of September. They may be reached at the Pike County Extension Office on Tuesdays by phone from 10 AM until Noon at 570-296-3400, or in person at 514 Broad Street, Milford, PA. You may also e-mail your questions.