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Apr 20, 2017

Are you getting excited about planting now that spring is here? How about getting your lawn in shape? Before you get carried away with shopping for your garden plants and buying lime and fertilizer, please consider getting your soil tested to find out exactly what nutrients you need in order to have a happy lawn and garden.

Apr 13, 2017

Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Last year there were 12,092 reported instances, triple the number of the runners up: New York and New Jersey.

Jan 6, 2017

One of the marvels of landscaping is the perennial border. It's the poster child for a traditional English cottage look. In my imagination, tiny front yards are converted to ever blooming floral oases with a cobblestone path that leads one through the garden to the front door of a thatch roof cottage.

Dec 13, 2016

My daughter once said, “I’m so glad you are a gardener, Mom, because I can always find gifts for you.” It’s true that there are many garden-related items readily available in stores and catalogs. Usually, gardeners are easy to please and love to try something new.

Aug 17, 2016

When I arrived from England nearly forty years ago, I was enchanted by the variety of wildlife in the Poconos. My delight changed to anxiety, however, after planting my first garden and observing the damage from animals feeding, burrowing and digging on and around my plants.

Aug 1, 2016

The tale of the American chestnut is a sad but true account of a majestic tree almost totally wiped out by a blight. Read on to learn a bit of the sad history, but also about rays of hope for the future of the mighty chestnut.

Jun 2, 2016

Annual flowers, an all-star cast of players in your garden, complete their life cycle in a single season but use their time wisely with robust growth and outstanding blooms from June to October.

May 3, 2016

Would you like to grow abundant fresh vegetables in a small space with less weeding, no tilling, no heavy digging, and less work? If so, I recommend you try square foot gardening.

Apr 18, 2016

A succulent is a plant that stores water in fleshy tissues to survive drought. There are over 60 plant families considered succulents. Some examples are sempervivums, sedums, aloes, kalanchoes and echeverias.

Apr 4, 2016

Gardening in the Poconos is fraught with problems, from rock-hard ground that is impossible to dig, to marauding deer that believe you planted a smorgasbord just for them. While lower elevations enjoy spring flowers, our winters drag on and on. Faced with these and other difficulties, why should you and I garden?

Mar 21, 2016

New plants, whether new to you or new to the market, spice up your garden or containers. I’ve researched the best and hottest for 2016, all well suited to the Pocono landscape.

Mar 7, 2016

Last summer seemed particularly buggy. In fact, it was pretty hard to mow the lawn or even stay outside very long without being swarmed by gnats. And unlike other years, these "gnats" didn't go away in the summer heat. In fact, they got worse as summer wore on.

Feb 25, 2016

If you haven't already ordered your seeds, the catalogs are out and it's time to get going.

Jan 28, 2016

A new invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), was first discovered on Sept 22, 2014, in eastern Berks County, PA. This leafhopper is thought to have arrived 2 or 3 years before 2014. As of this writing, it has now been found in portions of Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.

Dec 28, 2015

Since Delaware University entomologist and professor Doug Tallamy published his landmark book Bringing Nature Home, there has been much discussion about planting native species in preference to European and Asian introductions.

Dec 14, 2015

With the holiday season upon us it’s time to select that perfect Christmas tree.

Oct 5, 2015

Every year, weeds come up in various parts of my property. They go through their life cycle, perhaps supporting insect life, perhaps invading habitat and driving out native plants. I deal with them the entire growing season without any real idea of what they are and what role they play in the life of my garden.

Sep 21, 2015

I've been trying for two weeks to get some chores done in my garden, but it's too hot. I manage five minutes, and I'm done. And what about those gnats!

Aug 25, 2015

As gardeners become more educated on the impact of chemicals on the environment, many have embraced the concept of organic/eco-friendly practices and recognize the many choices available. However, when you see an entire crop eaten by an insect literally overnight, the temptation to grab the nearest insecticide still exists for many frustrated gardeners. There is an alternative that does require some planning. Bringing beneficial insects into your garden is one organic answer to pest management.

Jul 21, 2015

Gardening is a fun, relaxing way for the whole family to spend time together. Exhibiting flowers, herbs and vegetables at the West End Fair increases the enjoyment. The fair runs from August 23 – August 29, 2015 in Gilbert PA, Monroe County with the theme, “Harvest the Fun.”