Publications

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County have written articles over the years containing information on a wide variety of gardening topics.

Below are articles that may be of interest to you. Also, you may select the links below to read archives of Penn State Extension Master Gardener Newsletters, Centre Daily Times “Seeds of Wisdom” articles, State College Magazine “Exterior Insight” articles, and Frost Entomological Museum Newsletter Articles.

School is out, your pollinator, vegetable and container gardens are planted and the cookout season is in full swing. It’s time to relax, sit back and celebrate the sounds and sights of not only the flowers in your gardens, but the many beneficial insects keeping your backyard habitat vibrant and healthy.

Environmental changes like habitat destruction due to population growth and land development, the over- or mis-use of pesticides, and pollution have led to a sharp decline in pollinators in our region.

One of the benefits of living in our beautiful area is having the extra space to indulge in serious gardening.

Each year the national organization that promotes perennials within the industry names one perennial that best meets the following criteria.

There’s no question the home gardening trend broke out in earnest last summer. New gardeners testing their green thumbs last year were estimated in the millions, according to the National Gardening Association. But if you aren’t one of those with expanses of grass to turn over to flower and veggie beds, don’t hide your garden trowel away in the garage. The endless possibilities of container gardening can get you out of the garden bed and into a fascinating and rewarding experience.

There is so much to spring. The sun grows stronger and warmer. Early spring flowers such as winter aconite, hellebores and crocuses surface. Birds chirp so loudly at dawn they wake us up. And, of course, the smell of the moist spring earth promises new growth and hours of pleasure ahead.

Although we are well into the summer season and most gardens have been planted, it is not too late to start a container garden of annual flowers for adding more color to your home landscape.