Two very common pantry pests that we have here in NEPA are the cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) and the drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum).
Each time I go along my driveway, I pass a stately large Fraser Fir that is a reminder of the first Christmas spent in our new home. The tree was only 4 ½ feet high when planted, but throughout the years has become a featured specimen in our landscape. If this is something you think you would enjoy, a little planning ahead will help ensure success and is well worth the effort.
Thankfully, 2013 was a much better year for gardeners than the previous one.
I won’t lie. I am a plant addict. I want every plant. On my small patch of land there are many native plants, but also a plethora of plants from around the world. What I do is make sure that the balance leans towards the North American trees, shrubs and perennials. It is the only way to be responsible and help the “wild kingdom” that was here long before I came along.
You may be longing for the seasonal rest a gardener deserves when the garden is put to bed for its long winter’s nap. However, there are a few things you can do to help those long, dark days of winter pass by. A walk through the garden adorned with bows, evergreens, berries, pine cones, and unusual bark, whether real or artificial, reveals some of its more subtle beauty.
Now that our gardens have been put to bed, it is time to think of some things to do to brighten the shortened days of the cold season.
Save gallon jugs this winter for watering plants.
Most desirable plants have a difficult time growing in compacted soil, which is why gardeners are typically encouraged to plant flowers and vegetables in well-tilled soil with plenty of organic matter.
Hairy Bittercress (Cardcwjine hirsute) is a broadleaf, winter annual pest introduced into this country from Asia and Europe. It has become a problem in nurseries and can be found ¡n containers.
Everyone relishes the rich colors of autumn leaves: bright reds, lavish yellows, and vibrant oranges...
It is said that “An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up…” unless you are a gardener planting spring-blooming bulbs in “critter country.” Various critters, especially voles, squirrels, and chipmunks, find many of the bulbs we take the time to plant just too appetizing to pass up for an easy snack.
Tree tenders is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for their local tree canopy.