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Dec 2, 2015

The holiday season has officially started...

Nov 23, 2015

Potatoes are good for you. They are fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, and sodium free, and they actually taste good...

Nov 9, 2015

While the seasons to enjoy the home landscape for the most part are over for us, there are plenty of creatures who benefit from your yard in the worst months of the year...

Oct 27, 2015

Without fail, temperatures have gotten colder and the days are getting shorter and our wonderful forested landscape in Northeastern Pennsylvania is providing us with a Kodachrome moment.

Oct 6, 2015

The other day, a teacher asked me if I could find her some Monarch Butterfly caterpillars for her classroom to study...

Sep 28, 2015

There are few food items which proclaim loudly that it is summer more than corn...

Sep 17, 2015

Drive down any road and you will probably find non-native plant species beginning to invade our forests, stream corridors, meadows, and yes, even the landscape at your home...

Aug 31, 2015

A few weeks ago I wrote to you in a vegetable pest update about downy mildew moving into Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Aug 24, 2015

It is usually mid-summer when we start to see many of our trees, shrubs and vegetable plants in our landscapes with skeletonized, chewed leaves and in some cases they are almost completely defoliated by August.

Aug 10, 2015

The growing season has been interesting to say the least. We started out too dry, which was then followed by many weeks of our gardens being too wet...

Aug 4, 2015

As Americans deal with increased health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, studies are showing that a connection to nature, even just viewing trees, can improve one’s health...

Jul 28, 2015

Have you had your summer outing or activity ruined by a bee sting? Whether it’s enjoying a backyard cookout, mowing the lawn, painting the house, or other tasks, we all have felt the burning, intense pain of a sting.

Photo by: Margaret Douglas/Penn State
Jul 8, 2015

One of the nicest parts of gardening is enjoying your home landscape in the morning. Before the rush of day and the heat of summer, it is a simple pleasure to go out in work in the yard, harvest a crop, or simply take in the lush green and colored beauty of nature...

Jul 7, 2015

Your spring flowering shrubs were full of color this spring, but now that they are done, you should start thinking about boosting next year’s bloom...

Jun 29, 2015

June and July are the growing months. The days are long and the sun is strong...

Jun 22, 2015

Water is in the news more than ever. On the national perspective, we’re watching the droughts continue in the western United States...

Jun 1, 2015

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.

May 23, 2015

On Monday, May 25 is significant because it is Memorial Day. We look forward to the unofficial start of summer...

May 18, 2015

When it comes to vegetable gardens, tomatoes are king. We love our tomatoes...

May 6, 2015

Have you been reading the headlines lately? The elections, the economy, world events, and more have vied for your attention...