Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
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.
The USDA MyPlate is an example of a healthy meal.
Some foods classified as fats can protect us against heart disease and yet other fats may contribute to heart disease. We need to eat some fats because they provide essential nutrients such as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. However, a healthy diet limits the amount of fat to five (5) teaspoons a day for adult women, and six (6) teaspoons a day for adult men.
Most sweet desserts do not contain many nutrients our bodies need and have lots of calories. If you are a baker, you are in luck! Making desserts yourself can boost the nutrition of desserts. If you are not a baker, take the first step and learn how to make healthy sweet desserts.
Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food according to the Center for Disease Control. Eating more vegetables in salads can fill you up with just a few calories. Salads can be a great source of a variety of vegetables. However, they can also be a dumping ground for unwanted calories if they are topped with a lot of high calorie salad dressing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pennsylvania is one of the largest growers of mushrooms! If you purchase mushrooms, it is very likely that they are grown right here in PA.
Picky eaters don’t have to always be young; some picky eaters can be teenagers as well as adults! Everyday stress can turn any well planned dinner into a battle ground. Here are a few tips of the trade to help introduce new foods to children, grandchildren, teenagers and adults.
4-H, in partnership with the Penn State Master Gardeners, will be taking orders for high quality strawberry plants until May 8th. These plants come from virus indexed, tissue cultured mother plants...
You can say what you want about flowers in the perennial border, but the truth is our gardens are mainly foliage. The predominant color is, of course, green, with shades and hues too numerous to count. Instead of just green, add some foliage color that will liven up your plantings.
The Iroquois legend is that corn, beans, and squash are precious gifts from the Great Spirit, each watched over by one of the Three Sisters’ spirits (called De-o-ha-ko). Early European settlers may not have survived without the gift of the Three Sisters from the Native Americans.
With spring right around the corner, many of us will soon be planting new grass seed in order to fill in thin spots from the previous year or to repair winter damage. Spring is therefore a great time to consider the basics of how turfgrasses reproduce and spread.
Consider adding leeks to your spring vegetable garden. Leeks look like large scallions, having slightly enlarged lower stems and upright leaves, which are flat and thick, unlike onions’ tubular leaves. They are milder than onions and have a distinctive, though similar, flavor. Leeks are delicious additions to soups and stews. They can also be added to stuffing, gratins, and casseroles, or sautéed with other vegetables such as carrots.