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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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
Annette MaCoy, Penn State University
Master Gardener Butterfly Container Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Master Gardener Butterfly Container Workshop

Multiple Options Available

$20.00
Make your own container with both nectar and larval host plants for attracting butterflies and beneficial pollinating insects at this hands-on workshop! More
Photo credit: Pamela Hall
'Planting in a Post-Wild World' Book Review - News News
'Planting in a Post-Wild World' is a book that will cause you to reexamine your garden and look at it as an opportunity to build a plant community. More
Master Gardener Workshop Series: Composting
Master Gardener Workshop Series: Composting - Workshops Workshops

Master Gardener Workshop Series: Composting

05/07/2018

Wilkes-Barre, PA

$5.00
Learn about composting and how gardeners can get started in the process at home. More
Bartram's Garden, Wikimedia CC0 1.0
Founding Gardeners - News News

Founding Gardeners

02/08/2018

A review of a book that examines the impact of nature and gardens on America’s founding fathers. More
Lycoming County Master Gardeners
Kids Day at the Sensory Garden - Workshops Workshops

Kids Day at the Sensory Garden

06/10/2018

Montoursville, PA

Free
Kid Fun and Family Friendly! More
Photo credit: Kim Frey
Evaluating the Garden - Articles Articles

Evaluating the Garden

Pamela T. Hubbard

Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and disappointments of last year's garden. More
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens for Managing Household Stormwater
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens for Managing Household Stormwater - Webinars Webinars
Free
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management. More
Chef Paul Kuntz and students creating a lasagna garden.
Lasagna Gardening II Plus Tours - Workshops Workshops

Lasagna Gardening II Plus Tours

05/12/2018

Montrose, PA

Free
Join Paul and Ben for an informal talk about Lasagna Gardening and a tour of all the other various beds in the new educational garden. More
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
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
Reducing Water Pollution on Your Property Reducing Water Pollution on Your Property - Articles
When it rains in developed areas, rainwater washes pollutants from paved surfaces, and sediment from bare soils into storm drains. More
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