Eco-Friendly Gardening

Recommendations for eco-friendly home gardening, including making and using compost, attracting beneficial insects, beekeeping, rain barrels, rain gardens and mulch. Tips on pet-friendly gardening and integrated pest management.

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Making and Using Compost
Making and Using Compost - News News

Making and Using Compost

10/18/2017

It is fall. As you clean up your garden and prepare it for winter, use those leaves and dead plants to start your compost pile. The timing is perfect. More
Wheel bug nymphs
Attracting Beneficial Insects - Articles Articles
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial.” More
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed - Articles Articles
Recently, some folks pulled into the local nursery, asking about the pretty pink flowering plants that were blooming along the fields and roadsides. More
Rain Gardens
Rain Gardens - Videos Videos

Rain Gardens

Tim Abbey, Constance Schmotzer

7:37

Learn about how to manage precipitation run-off and add to the aesthetic environment by building a suburban rain garden. More
Photo courtesy Penn State Live
Earth-Friendly Gardening - News News

Earth-Friendly Gardening

09/18/2017

Using compost, applying fewer chemicals, conserving water, and removing invasive plant species add to the earth rather than taking away from it. More
Wild bees like this bumble bee are essential to Pennsylvania agriculture.
Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania

Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., David Mortensen, Ph.D.

Wild bees, which include native and naturalized bees, pollinate a variety of crops. In areas of Pennsylvania, wild bees already provide the majority of pollination for some summer vegetable crops. More
Planting Stormwater Control Systems Planting Stormwater Control Systems - Webinars
Free
Presented by Connie Schmotzer, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension More
Curbside infiltration planter in State College, PA
Artful Rainwater Design - Webinars Webinars
Free
Presented by Stuart Echols, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, & Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head & Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State More
Photo Credit: Daria Yakovlena, Pixabay
Decorating with Holiday Greens - Workshops Workshops

Decorating with Holiday Greens

Multiple Options Available

$10.00
Make a wreath, swag, or bring a container to fill. A variety of evergreens, pine cones, faux berries, white birch branches and a handmade bow will be available for each item you make. More
Beautiful garden landscapes, like the one in this illustration, can be obtained through smart and heathy management plans
Creating Healthy Landscapes - Articles Articles

Creating Healthy Landscapes

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns

This article outlines steps to help homeowners take better care of landscape plants and provides an introduction to basic integrated pest management concepts. More
Photo: Diane Oleson, Penn State Extension
Landscaping Professionals: Working for Cleaner Water and a Cleaner Look - Articles Articles
Stormwater is the water that runs off of houses, streets, parking lots, and other hard surfaces during rain events. It has been identified as a major cause of water pollution. More
Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden - News News

Creating a Cutting Garden

06/13/2017

Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. More
Beekeeping 101
Beekeeping 101 - Online Courses Online Courses

Beekeeping 101

10

9 hours

$159.00
This online course about the science and practice of beekeeping is for beginning beekeepers. It covers bee biology and behavior, hive management, equipment, bee products, and more. More
Green Gardens Clean Water
Green Gardens Clean Water - Articles Articles
Information on stormwater solutions, rain gardens and rain barrels More
Planting Along Streams
Planting Along Streams - Articles Articles
If you have a stream on your property, even it’s small, you have the opportunity to both enhance your landscape and protect precious water resources. More
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