Fall is a wonderful time to work outdoors. It is also time to think about what you can do to help fruit trees and berries get ready for winter. We will first talk about some things you should not do and then we will discuss what you can do this fall...
Until the 1930’s folks in the United States snubbed garlic as being working class or too ethnic...
The tradition of carving pumpkins originated in Ireland where they carved turnips, potatoes or beets. Once they settled in America, the Irish found that pumpkins make excellent jack-o'-lanterns.
In 2014 the Penn State Master Gardener Program of Allegheny County partnered with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation to develop a comprehensive plant survey of the lands in and around the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA. Eight Master Gardeners set out to learn more about the succession of native, aggressive and/or invasive plant species that are surviving, and even thriving, in these disturbed soils.
The 2014 gardening season is winding down, but there are still a few chores that need to be done.
Do you care for your trees and shrubs in your landscape based on tradition (we have always done it that way) and convenience or science and research-based facts?
Although our gardens are winding down most of us still have some veggies to enjoy until Mr. Frost comes a "knockin". How tempting to bite into an apple fresh from the tree, or grab a fully ripe tomato or perhaps nibble on a cucumber as you harvest...
Our Mercer County Master Gardeners' Butterfly Garden is located in the 4-H park next to the Mercer County Extension. It provides a 20 foot by 30 foot layout with stepping stones to allow close-up observation of plants and butterflies.
People who complain about bumblebees flying about under the eaves of their homes are probably being annoyed by carpenter bees.
Many Master Gardeners are too familiar with the many plants that make you itch. We all know the slogan "leaves of three, let it be" and we do, unless armed with disposable gloves, etc. as we seek it out to remove it from where it crept into our gardens or flower beds.
2014 has been a tough year for apple and pear trees. Fire blight is the disease that causes the leaves to die on infected branches, but the branch next to it may be perfectly normal.
Penn State Extension – Erie County Master Gardeners established a scholarship in 2008 to assist students preparing for careers in horticulture, food and nutrition, environmental studies, landscape architecture and/or design.
Populations of bees and butterflies, as well as other pollinators, are declining across the country, and their absence is being felt throughout Pennsylvania. It’s a cause for concern among Penn State Master Gardeners statewide. According to the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, “Pollinators need our help. Both native bees and domestic bee populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, disease and contact with pesticides.”
Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittas, are considered a fall nuisance to those of us who have boxelder trees (Acer negundo) near our homes. As the temperatures start to drop these insects decide that a good overwintering site is in our homes.
Home gardening is at its peak right now. The freshest of fresh vegetables come from your own hands to your own table and all of the work seems worthwhile and a distant memory now.
Finally, after all the hard work, timing the weather, and defending your garden from invaders, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Penn State Extension in Clinton County is in the process of recruiting individuals who are interested in gardening and horticulture to join the Master Gardener Program.
Late blight has been found on tomatoes in several locations locally. If you are a vegetable gardener and that does not send a chill down your spine, you need to check for a pulse...