Soil Management

Information on soil management of home gardens, including soil health, soil testing, cover crops, nutritional requirements, irrigation, composting, fertilization and pH. Tips on container gardening and nutritional requirements of berries and fruits.

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Turfgrass
Home Lawn Care Workshop - Workshops Workshops
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Learn proper methods of weed control, lawn renovation and management of lawn pests. 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
Chef Paul Kuntz and students creating a lasagna garden.
Lasagna Gardening II Plus Tours - Workshops Workshops
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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
Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes
Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes - Articles Articles

Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., David Lee Sanford, Ph.D., J. Robert Nuss

This publication explores the interrelationship of a plant and the soil in which it is rooted. More
Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices
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Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices

Charles White, Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D.

Information for farmers and gardeners who want to understand the physical, chemical, and biological components of healthy soil and how to manage them. More
Master Gardener Basic Training
Master Gardener Basic Training - Workshops Workshops
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Are you passionate about gardening? Would you like to share your interest? Start your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener! More
Gardening From the Ground Up
Gardening From the Ground Up - Articles Articles
Soil health and best practices for urban gardens More
Flowering Houseplants
Flowering Houseplants - Articles Articles
Great tips for bringing the outdoors In! More
Annuals
Annuals - Articles Articles
How to choose the right plants, the right location and proper planting techniques. More
Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums - Articles Articles
How to get great mums without a lot of work. More
Why isn't My African Violet Flowering?
Why isn't My African Violet Flowering? - Articles Articles
Most modern African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) bloom throughout the year without much effort on the grower’s part. More
Soil Testing
Soil Testing - Articles Articles
Soil testing is a soil-management tool used to determine the fertility of soil as well as the optimum lime and fertilizer requirements for crops. More
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture - Articles Articles

Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D.

Generally, the ericaceous plants are woody and range in size from low ground covers to small trees over 20 feet tall. More
Promote Plant Health
Promote Plant Health - Articles Articles

Promote Plant Health

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Healthy, vigorous plants are less vulnerable to attack by insects and disease. More
Choosing Plants Wisely
Choosing Plants Wisely - Articles Articles

Choosing Plants Wisely

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

To create and maintain a healthy landscape, choose plants that are suited to the conditions in your yard. More
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Cover Crops in Home Gardens Improve Soil and Reduce Erosion - Articles Articles
Planting a cover crop at the end of the harvest will benefit your garden in the seasons to come. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents - Articles Articles
Use this table to determine the equivalent amounts of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash of each fertilizer material. More
Backyard Grape Growing
Backyard Grape Growing - Articles Articles
This article provides information on selecting cultivars, purchasing and planting grapes, nutritional requirements, pruning, training/trellis systems, and pests. More
Chicory
Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas - Articles Articles

Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Homeowners across America are changing the face of the typical American lawn. Learn strategies for the natural landscape homeowner who is looking for neighborly ways to garden for nature. More
Early Season Soil Pests
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Early Season Soil Pests

Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

A cold winter will should slow the start of insect population development. More
Environmental Soil Issues: Garden Use of Treated Lumber
Environmental Soil Issues: Garden Use of Treated Lumber - Articles Articles
Many gardeners are concerned that the chemicals used to preserve the lumber could harm garden plants and the people who eat them. More
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure - Articles Articles
This article provides some background information about how lead behaves in soil. More
How Much Phosphorus and Potassium are Really in Your Fertilizer?
How Much Phosphorus and Potassium are Really in Your Fertilizer? - Articles Articles
Calculating P and K in your fertilizer. More
How to Calculate a Fertilizer Ratio
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How to Calculate a Fertilizer Ratio

Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

What is the fertilizer ratio and how to calculate it. More
Don’t Over Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring
Don’t Over Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring - Articles Articles
As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn. More
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