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.
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.
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Make your own container with both nectar and larval host plants for attracting butterflies and beneficial pollinating insects at this hands-on workshop!
'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.
Learn about composting and how gardeners can get started in the process at home.
A review of a book that examines the impact of nature and gardens on America’s founding fathers.
Kid Fun and Family Friendly!
Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and disappointments of last year's garden.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Dana Rizzo, outlines the uses of rain barrels and rain gardens in stormwater management.
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.
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.
Using compost, applying fewer chemicals, conserving water, and removing invasive plant species add to the earth rather than taking away from it.
By 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.
Presented by Connie Schmotzer, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension
Presented by Stuart Echols, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, & Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head & Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State
When it rains in developed areas, rainwater washes pollutants from paved surfaces, and sediment from bare soils into storm drains.