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July 12, 2017

Tomato hornworms are one of the garden’s largest caterpillars at nearly 3 to 4 inches long and about as big around as your little finger. They are green with diagonal white stripes with a black or reddish horn-like protrusion projecting from its rear end, hence hornworm.

Slicers, cherry, paste & salad tomatoes to taste.
July 11, 2017

Come out and enjoy the taste of summer Franklin County-style at one of the most popular free, local events-Tomato Tasting Day- on Aug. 19 from 10 to noon. Hot pepper table plus salsa & tomato contests.

July 11, 2017

Benjamin Franklin said “nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A gardener would surely add weeds to that list, for every year the weeds appear. At the next Gardening with Nature program on Tuesday, July 25, learn to identify some of the most common weeds found in lawn and garden, along with tips and strategies for managing these pesky plants.

June 22, 2017

Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County as they welcome George Weigel for a free presentation about gardening “Made for the Shade” on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.

Photo taken by Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
June 20, 2017

Do you have a gardening or plant wish list? You know all those plants you want to cultivate, meet and become incredibly knowledgeable about?

Raised Bed Idea Garden, photo courtesy of Carolyn Fetrow, Lancaster County Master Gardener
June 19, 2017

Summer Garden Experience at Southeast Area Regional and Extension Center on July 22, 2017 will include a close look at Lancaster County Master Gardeners' five Idea Gardens.

Photo by Pamela T.  Hubbard
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.

Spotted lanternfly 4th instar nymphs. Photo: E. Swackhamer, Penn State
June 2, 2017

Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF), is a new invasive insect in southeastern Pennsylvania.

May 25, 2017

At what is becoming an annual event, Franklin County Master Gardeners hosted a South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP)/Gleaning Project event where volunteers planted 4-gallon buckets with a vegetable and herb to be distributed to families by SCCAP.

Master Gardener Educational Gardens in progress.
May 25, 2017

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County have been busy building Educational Gardens in the greenway section of the Penn State Extension Office at 88 Chenango Street in Montrose.

May 11, 2017

Join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners as we celebrate our 21st annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13th at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York PA 17402. Because of forecast of rain, we are moving inside!! Join us from 8:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Come early for the best selection. Proceeds benefit MAEscapes gardens and educational programs.

Master Gardeners Vince Fayock, Mary Jo Gibson and Ann Lee with Smokey the Bear at Family Safety Night
May 10, 2017

Columbia County Master Gardeners participated in Family Safety Night at Central Columbia Elementary School where they presented information on Mr. YUK and look-a-like products.

Four-lined plant bug adult. Photo: S. Feather, Penn State
May 4, 2017

Four-lined plant bugs, Poecilocapsus lineatus, become active in May. They are one of the few pests that injure a wide variety of plants, including herbs that are rarely bothered by anything else.

Purple Cone Flower entered in the Fair
May 3, 2017

Now that it seems spring finally is here, it is not too early to start planning for the South Mountain Fair. The fair opens early again this year on August 1 at 4 pm and runs through August 5. Please take note of this early date.

April 27, 2017

Often called yellow dogtooth violet, or Adder’s tongue, the trout lily (Erythronium americanum) is a beautiful, native, woodland plant.

April 25, 2017

Penn State Extension Master Gardener Training Class for 2017-2018 to begin in October.

April 25, 2017

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Pesticide Education Program bring Fayette County Schools together in commemoration of National Poison Prevention Month.

Penn State University Soil Lab Tech, Credit:  Greg Grieco
April 20, 2017

Are you getting excited about planting now that spring is here? How about getting your lawn in shape? Before you get carried away with shopping for your garden plants and buying lime and fertilizer, please consider getting your soil tested to find out exactly what nutrients you need in order to have a happy lawn and garden.

Solomon's Seal
April 20, 2017

Solomon's Seal and False Solomon's Seal are closely related and often confused because they share a common name and many traits.