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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Vegetable crops at Heritage Farm
Growers' Series: Fertility Strategies for Vegetable Growing - Workshops Workshops
Free
Learn strategies for different vegetable crops and techniques for producing your own natural, low-cost fertilizers More
Growers' Series: Making and Using Compost
Growers' Series: Making and Using Compost - Workshops Workshops

Growers' Series: Making and Using Compost

02/13/2019

Philadelphia, PA

Free
Learn to transform recycled material from the land into super food for your farm or garden! More
Plants left standing provide homes for pollinators and add winter interest to your garden. Photo credit: Connie Schmotzer
Fall Garden Care for Pollinators - Articles Articles
This article discusses the beneficial pollinators that overwinter in the garden and best practices for providing habitat for them. More
Come join us!
Put Your Garden To Bed - Workshops Workshops
The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County and The University of Scranton are having a free hands-on workshop. More
New York ironweed. Photo credit: Mary Alice Koeneke
Native Perennials for Fall - Articles Articles

Native Perennials for Fall

Mary Alice Koeneke

Pollinators need pollen and nectar all season long. This article discusses beautiful plants that offer support to pollinators well into fall. More
Vegetables and annuals coexist in a Master Gardener "Idea Garden" Lancaster, PA. Photo credit: Mark Krotulski
The Foodscape Revolution - News News

The Foodscape Revolution

07/11/2018

Review of a book by Brie Arthur--The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden. More
Medicinal Use of Orchard Fruits and Herbs
Medicinal Use of Orchard Fruits and Herbs - Workshops Workshops
Join Alyssa Schimmel from the Philadelphia Orchard Project and learn about teas and tinctures made from plants throughout the growing season. More
Putting Food Aside: Canning Basics for the Home Cook
Putting Food Aside: Canning Basics for the Home Cook - Workshops Workshops
Presented by Master Gardeners, you will learn the basic techniques of water-bath canning. More
Pollinators on Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod) Photo credit: Connie Schmotzer
Best Plants for Pollinators - News News

Best Plants for Pollinators

05/21/2018

Research conducted by Penn State Master Gardeners reveals the best plants to attract and support pollinators. Find out more through this article and accompanying pollinator fact sheets. More
Butterfly on an purple cone flower
Pollinator-Friendly Gardening Workshop in Lackawanna County - Workshops Workshops
Join the Lackawanna county Master Gardeners for this free workshop on how to help support the declining bee population. More
Laura Jackson, Penn State Master Gardener Volunteer / Jacksons Journeys Photography
Backyard Native Plants: Water Landscaping for Wildlife - Workshops Workshops
Join us for Water Landscaping for Wildlife and learn how to make your yard a healthy habitat. More
Laura Jackson, Penn State Master Gardener Volunteer / Jacksons Journeys Photography
Backyard Native Plants: Bird Friendly Backyard - Workshops Workshops
Join us for Bird Friendly Backyard and learn how to make your yard a healthy habitat. More
Rain barrel workshops are often held for home gardeners in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Erin Frederick
Rain Barrels in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Rain barrels are effective tools for managing storm water. This article recommends rain barrel size, care, and how the water should be used in your garden. More
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
Now Is The Time To Plan Your Garden
Planning Your Garden - Workshops Workshops
Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County for this free workshop on how you can make the most of your garden space. More
Annette MaCoy, Penn State University
Butterfly Container Workshop - Workshops Workshops
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
Composting
Composting - Workshops Workshops
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
Cabin Fever: Garden Journaling, Perennials and Pollinator Gardening
Cabin Fever: Garden Journaling, Perennials and Pollinator Gardening - Workshops Workshops
This is the final free workshop that Warren county Master Gardeners are hosting. Speakers are Penn State Master Gardeners Rebecca Ryan and Kris Whitaker More
Cabin Fever: Children's Garden Workshop
Cabin Fever: Children's Garden Workshop - Workshops Workshops
This is the second of three free workshops that Warren county Master Gardeners are hosting. This workshop is specifically for children ages 5-10. More
Lycoming County Master Gardeners
Kids Day at the Sensory Garden - Workshops Workshops
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
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
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