Another Berks County township is quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was first found in the area last fall.
A few weeks ago I wrote to you in a vegetable pest update about downy mildew moving into Northeastern Pennsylvania...
As gardeners become more educated on the impact of chemicals on the environment, many have embraced the concept of organic/eco-friendly practices and recognize the many choices available. However, when you see an entire crop eaten by an insect literally overnight, the temptation to grab the nearest insecticide still exists for many frustrated gardeners. There is an alternative that does require some planning. Bringing beneficial insects into your garden is one organic answer to pest management.
It is usually mid-summer when we start to see many of our trees, shrubs and vegetable plants in our landscapes with skeletonized, chewed leaves and in some cases they are almost completely defoliated by August.
The 2015 Tomato Day included the traditional tomato tasting plus the biggest tomato, ugliest tomato and salsa contests, a hot pepper display and tasting table, beautiful seasonal floral displays plus some Monarch caterpillars headed to the pollinator garden.
An abundance of Monarch caterpillars in one Master Gardener's yard triggered a Relocation Rescue where they were placed on available milkweed in the Demonstration Pollinator Garden.
Saturday August 15th the Master Gardeners hosted Garden in the Park Field Day at their North Park and South Park Demonstration Gardens.
Open to the Public! Join Master Gardeners from Delaware County on Saturday October 17th for an enjoyable Day Trip to Milford, Pennsylvania - Tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, the home of Gifford Pinchot, founder of the USDA Forest Service, AND Montague, New Jersey - Tour Luna Parc, the whimsical house, grounds, and studio of artist Ricky Bascarino. Registration deadline is October 15th.
Learning, shopping, treats and fall-time fun for everyone!
Penn State Extension in Clinton County is now accepting applications from those interested in training to become certified Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners are starting to see monarch butterfly caterpillars munching out on milkweed planted in their home gardens. MG Nancy Miller reports 12-15 on her milkweed plants. MG's sold milkweed plants at their spring plant sale.
Master Gardener Training Class for 2015-2016 to begin in October.
Most of us have heard of honey bees. We know that honey bees are critical to pollination and they make honey. But what about the Mason bee?
The common asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi, is yet another pest that those of us that love to grow our own vegetables have to learn to identify and control. Perhaps the only positive thing is that, as its name suggests, it favors the perennial vegetable asparagus.
Many homeowners have at least one spot in their yard that is shaded for several hours during the day. Except for a handful of shade loving plants, it can be difficult to grow almost anything in these areas, especially turfgrass. Fortunately, if you have a shaded area where you would like to grow grass, there are a few things you can do to increase your likelihood of success and fall is an ideal time to try.
Foliage 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.
What could be better than a woody shrub with lovely flowers, long lasting green leaves, and lots of red berries? Be careful, you could be planting the invasive exotic bush honeysuckle in your landscape.
Fall 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.
The growing season has been interesting to say the least. We started out too dry, which was then followed by many weeks of our gardens being too wet...
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...