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Grow Your Own Lemons - Articles Articles

Grow Your Own Lemons

Susan Nicholas

Lemons can be grown as a container plant, even in Pennsylvania. Find out how to cultivate lemons from blossom to ripe fruit in this article More
Ostrich Fern, Photo credit: Louise Brewer
Gardening with Ferns - Articles Articles

Gardening with Ferns

Mary Ann Ziemba

Ferns may be the best solution for problem spots in shady gardens. Find out how different types of ferns can be used in the landscape. More
Lacewings are close relatives of dobsonflies and fishflies, all found within the insect order Neuroptera, also known as the net-winged insects. Photo: Amy Korman, Penn State
Promoting Beneficial Insects in the Landscape: Lacewings - Articles Articles
Lacewings get their name from the intricate net-like arrangement of veins on their wings. With the arrival of spring, lacewings are much more active in our landscapes. More
Figure 1. Caterpillar or sawfly? Accurate identification of the pest is critical when using bio-insecticides. Bt products will control small caterpillars, but would be ineffective on the sawfly larva shown in this photo.
Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals - Articles Articles

Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals

Lee Stivers, Ruth Benner

Bio-pesticides, also known as biological pesticides, are defined by the US EPA as pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, and certain minerals. More
Photo credit: Mark Krotulski
Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Containers - Articles Articles
Container gardening is ideal for small spaces, or can be used to emphasize plants seasonally. This article discusses appropriate plants, soil, and types of containers to use. More
Photo credit: Tim Elkner
The Dirt on Dahlias - Articles Articles

The Dirt on Dahlias

Mary Reefer

Dahlias are showy flowers that brighten the summer garden. Learn how to grow them and save the tubers for future years. More
A lotus flower form of a tree peony, 'Guardian of the Monastery', Photo credit: TJ Mrazik
The Beloved Peony - Articles Articles

The Beloved Peony

Thomas Mrazik

Peony flowers have richness unlike any others. Home gardeners can create an exquisite and long-lasting display by understanding the types of peonies available and the proper planting requirements. More
Close-up of fringetree flowers which have some fragrance to them. Photo: Mike Masiuk, Penn State
Spring Floral Display: Chionanthus Virginicus, White Fringetree - Articles Articles
Although the common name, white fringetree, alludes to a tree, it is often treated as a large shrub in the landscape, reaching a range of anywhere from 12 to 20 feet. More
This penstemon flower offers bees a landing pad and nectar guides. Photo by Connie Schmotzer
Pollination and Pollinators - Articles Articles

Pollination and Pollinators

Constance Schmotzer

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or another flower. The result is the production of fertile seeds. More
A successful pollinator garden includes a diversity of plants. Photo by Connie Schmotzer
Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens - Articles Articles
One of the most important ways you can help pollinators is by provisioning your yard with plants that provide pollen and nectar. To attract butterflies, you will also need to include a variety of larval host plants for caterpillars to eat. More
Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Plan for a Standout Lawn - Articles Articles

Plan for a Standout Lawn

Maureen Karl

This article discusses soil tests, fertilizers, mowing, and watering recommendations to maintain a healthy lawn. More
Rain barrel workshops are often held for home gardeners in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Erin Frederick
Rain Barrels in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Rain barrels are effective tools for managing storm water. This article recommends rain barrel size, care, and how the water should be used in your garden. More
Mulching Landscape Trees
Mulching Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Mulching Landscape Trees

David R. Jackson

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to enhance landscape beauty, improve soil conditions, protect plants from foot traffic and lawn equipment, and suppress weeds. More
Mason bee house. Photo credit: Dyan Eisenberger
Mason Bees in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Learn about the importance of mason bees as pollinators and how to encourage their activity in your garden. More
In the renewal method of pruning, some of the plant's largest stems are cut to the ground. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
How and When to Prune Flowering Shrubs - Articles Articles
This article discusses when to prune popular flowering shrubs and methods of pruning. More
Various cultivars of clematis. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Clematis "Queen of the Vines" - Articles Articles
Clematis are beautiful perennial vines. Find out how to care for them and the characteristics of different cultivars. More
Spotted lanternflies captured on a sticky band. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Management: Placing Sticky Bands on Trees - Articles Articles
This article summarizes one method of capturing and killing spotted lanternfly (SLF): placing sticky bands on trees. More
Photo 1. Two type of bee hotels for stem nesters: (left) Box with cardboard straws and (right) wooden block with drilled holes. Photo credit: Margarita López-Uribe, Penn State
Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live? - Articles Articles

Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?

Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D.

While spring is the beginning of the beekeeping season, early blooming plants not only feed honey bees but also hundreds of native solitary bee species that emerge at around the same time. More
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Growing Hops at Home - Articles Articles

Growing Hops at Home

Lois Miklas

Hops have value as a home-brewing ingredient and as an ornamental vine. Here are tips for establishing and caring for hops in the home garden. More
Zenik Crespo (back, right) assists Hispanic participants as they identify weeds at Johnston’s Everygreen Nursery in Erie. Photo: L. Follett, Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery
Bilingual Workshops Teach Integrated Weed Management - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities. More
Photo credit: Kim Frey
Planting in Sun or Shade - Articles Articles

Planting in Sun or Shade

Pamela T. Hubbard

Selecting the right plant for the amount of light in your garden is vital. This article defines full sun, full shade, and partial sun and shade along with how to identify these areas in your garden. More
Native plants contained by sidewalk at Penn State Extension's Dauphin County office. Photo credit: Lois Miklas
Containing Garden "Thugs" - Articles Articles

Containing Garden "Thugs"

Rose Trunzo, Judy Wisk

Even desirable plants can become thugs in the garden by taking over areas that you did not intend. Learn some ways to contain opportunistic garden plants. More
Cloches protect vegetables planted in early spring. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready for Spring - Articles Articles
Find out how early spring planning will help your vegetable garden succeed and when you should start your vegetable seeds. More
Picture credit: Lois Miklas
Shamrocks as Houseplants - Articles Articles
The houseplants commonly sold as shamrocks are actually members of the Oxalis genus. This article explains how Oxalis plants became known as shamrocks and how to care for Oxalis houseplants. More
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug - Articles Articles

Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Magnolia leaf-footed bugs are brown bugs occasionally found on magnolia. They do not pose a risk to human health and do not cause damage to or reduce the vigor of infested trees, but may be nuisance pests. More
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