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The Chinese chestnut tree in full bloom can be very attractive. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Trees in the Landscape: The Stinkers - Articles Articles
We place trees and shrubs in the landscape for a variety of reasons; fall color, flowers, shade, winter interest, and fruiting characteristics. And let’s not forget the smell. 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
Photo: Bill Lamont, Penn State
Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Timothy Elkner, Robert Pollock, Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We evaluated twenty-one pumpkin cultivars in 2016 and 2017. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont

This 2017 growing season we’ve been following potato planting and harvesting at Huntsinger Farms Inc. More
Waste watermelon on the edge of picnic grounds serves as a sugar buffet for honeybees and yellow jackets. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
Bees and Wasps: Foraging for Food in the Fall - Articles Articles
In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

We met up with Kris Rutko and Jared Maurer at Huntsinger Farms to see early potatoes being harvested. More
Queen Anne’s Lace is commonly found along roadsides
Is It a Weed? - Articles Articles

Is It a Weed?

Tom Butzler

Controlling weeds is important in landscape beds. They appear unsightly and compete with the desirable plants for light, nutrients, moisture. More
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited the Sugar Valley Produce Auction located just outside of Loganton, Pennsylvania. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing. More
Damage to a row of boxwoods from boxwood leafminer. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
The Boxwood Leafminer Makes Its Yearly Entrance in Spring - Articles Articles
Boxwoods have many positive qualities that make it one of the most popular shrubs in the landscape. More
Paper wasps typically build their nest in high protected structures such as house or barn eaves.
Should Growers Befriend Wasps? - Articles Articles
Small fruit and vegetable growers understand the role that honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees play in pollination of crops. More
Above top, firepower — the flower of Hydrangea paniculata “Bulk,” also known as Quick Fire, is one of the earliest to emerge of this species and turns an attractive pinkish-red. Bottom, hydrangea arborescens “Annabelle” is blooming now in our state.
Take a Look at Hydrangeas - Articles Articles
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest, whether it's electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. More
Evergreens near a high use roadway are wrapped with burlap to give some protection from damaging salt spray.
Salt Spray Damage and Evergreen Plants - Articles Articles
Evergreens provide year long interest in the landscape and are normally pretty hardy during the winter months. More
A fresh snowfall shows great contrast between the white snow and the blue, shrunken fruit of Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’.
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ - Articles Articles
V. nudum ‘Winterthur’ is well adapted to most of the mid-Atlantic region and southern US, and performs well in a variety of conditions. More
Climbing hydrangea will cover any structure adding an interesting element into the landscape. From afar, the two different flower structures can be very attractive. Photo: Tom Butzler
The Climbing Hydrangea - Articles Articles

The Climbing Hydrangea

Tom Butzler

Although not native to North America, climbing hydrangea is well suited for our area; up to zone 4. More
The fragrant yellow flowers open in early spring and standout against the backdrop of the green foliage.
The Multi-Faceted Oregon Grapeholly - Articles Articles
Looking to add some diversity and oomph to your pollinator garden? Or maybe create a landscape that you can also eat? Check out the Oregon grapeholly. More
On the Road—Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm
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On the Road—Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

In May, 2016 we visited with Scott Hoffman, Field Manager with Furmano’s, a tomato grower and packer that was started by JM and Emma Furman in 1921. More
On the Road: Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm: Tomato Harvesting
On the Road: Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm: Tomato Harvesting - Articles Articles
Tomato harvest was in full swing during a recent visit to Earl Lake's Farm. More
Processing tomatoes in the field. Photo: Tom Butzler
On the Road—Furmano’s Tomato Processing Plant - Articles Articles

On the Road—Furmano’s Tomato Processing Plant

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

In September, 2016 we met with Scott Hoffman, Field Manager with Furmano’s, for a tour of Furmano’s processing plant in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. More
Oakleaf hydrangea in full bloom. Notice the shape of the leaves. Photo: Tom Butzler
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) - Articles Articles
Oakleaf hydrangea is native to the United States but a little more sensitive to colder climates than our other native, H. arborescens. More
Crabapple trees provide beauty in the spring but a mess in the fall once the fruit drops.
Messy Trees - Articles Articles

Messy Trees

Tom Butzler

Who doesn't like trees in the yard? Not only do they add beauty to a home landscape but they benefit us in many ways. More
The flower of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’, also known as Quick Fire, are one of the earliest to emerge of this species and turn an attractive pinkish-red.
Jumping the Gun on Hydrangea Flowers - Articles Articles
Many cultivars of Hydrangea paniculata flower in Pennsylvania, mid-July through August, with bursts of white flower color that slowly change to shades of pinks and reds. More
Hesse Cotoneaster can make a landscape design a bit unique when used as a groundcover
Ground Cover Alternative – Hesse Cotoneaster - Articles Articles
Consider the Hesse cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') as a possible alternative to the typical groundcovers. More
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers - Articles Articles

General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Basic steps include: making sure you have large enough containers, using great potting media, fertilizing, dealing with pests,and waterering. More
Container Grown Tomatoes
Container Grown Tomatoes - Articles Articles

Container Grown Tomatoes

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
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