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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
USDA map showing where Buddleia is invasive
Avoiding Invasives: Butterfly Bush - Articles Articles

Avoiding Invasives: Butterfly Bush

Constance Schmotzer

How could the ever popular butterfly bush possibly be a problem for pollinators when it attracts butterflies and is highly marketed as a “must-have” plant for butterfly gardens? More
Leaf miner damage
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Leaf Miners

Norma Jeanne Young

If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips. More
Photo: Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org - vole Microtus spp. flowering dogwood, Damage: dieback and off color foliage
Vole Control in Overwintering Nursery Stock - Articles Articles
You know the situation…you and your crew spent days cleaning, pruning and moving perennial and nursery stock into your overwintering houses. More
Pennsylvania Native Plants for the Perennial Garden
Pennsylvania Native Plants for the Perennial Garden - Articles Articles
Herbaceous (nonwoody) perennial plants add year round interest to any landscape and are a popular choice of plants among gardeners. More
Water Saving Tips
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Water Saving Tips

Norma Jeanne Young

Water-efficient gardening includes seven basic principles that are easy to employ while they increase the value of your home, plus save you time, water and money. More
Vegetables
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Vegetables

Norma Jeanne Young

Photos of vegetables typically grown in Pennsylvania. More
Vegetable Diseases
Vegetable Diseases - Articles Articles

Vegetable Diseases

Norma Jeanne Young

Photos of vegetable diseases. More
Vegetable Disorders
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Vegetable Disorders

Norma Jeanne Young

Photos of Sandia herbicide injury on cantaloupe. More
Dividing Perennials
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Dividing Perennials

Constance Schmotzer

A certain amount of time and energy is required to create and maintain a visually appealing perennial garden. Results obtained from dividing perennials are well worth the time invested. More
Care and Maintenance of Perennials
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Care and Maintenance of Perennials

Constance Schmotzer

There is some basic care needed to keep your perennials in their best form and to come back year after year. More