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Beekeeping - Honey Bees
Beekeeping - Honey Bees - Articles Articles

Beekeeping - Honey Bees

Maryann Frazier, Tom Butzler, Lynn Kime, Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Honey bees can be managed to produce many products, but they are even more valued for the major role they play in pollination of agricultural crops. More
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System - Articles Articles
Have you ever wondered how commercial fruit and vegetable growers can consistently get such huge quantities of great produce even in dry years? More
Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash
Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash - Articles Articles
This fact sheet coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great cucumbers and squash. More
Container Grown Peppers
Container Grown Peppers - Articles Articles
This fact sheet coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", should get you on the path to success. More
Container Grown Tomatoes
Container Grown Tomatoes - Articles Articles
Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers - Articles Articles
Basic steps include: making sure you have large enough containers, using great potting media, fertilizing, dealing with pests,and waterering. More
Container Grown Eggplants
Container Grown Eggplants - Articles Articles
This fact sheet coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great eggplants. More
Annabelle - A Favorite in the Landscape
Annabelle - A Favorite in the Landscape - Articles Articles
While many gardeners are looking for the latest in new perennials, at times it is worth looking at the tried and true. More
All of plants shown here are in containers, plus many that cannot be seen in this image. It would be nearly impossible to keep them all watered properly without an irrigation system.
Building and Operating a Home Container Irrigation System - Articles Articles
Keeping many pots of flowers and vegetables watered consistently including when you are on vacation requires the installation of an irrigation system. 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
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
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
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
The arching branches of Microbiota decussata can act as an attractive groundcover in this landscape around a Japanese maple. Photo: Mike Masiuk
Alternative to Junipers - Articles Articles
Representing the common plants located in many Pennsylvania landscapes are the evergreen workhorses which include; boxwoods, junipers, yews, and arborvitaes. 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
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