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Garden

Unwanted seeds

Seeds from China have been appearing in mailboxes all over the US, including Clinton County. The mailing observed in our area was a small, white, padded package with reference to origin (China). Bracelet beading was listed as the content description. Some reports have contents from similar ...

Growing Tips

Here in Central Pennsylvania we often have an abundance of shrubs blooming in the spring, but by mid-summer most flowering shrubs are a thing of the past. There are, however, some shrubs that bloom or produce colorful berries from mid-summer to fall and they can be welcome additions to ...

Why weeds can be found everywhere

The ubiquitous nature of weeds can make them seem like they can grow anywhere, and that’s because they can. Weeds can grow anywhere there’s room for them to sprout, including gardens, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. One of the things that helps weeds spread so much is how productive ...

Dogwood Circle awards July Garden of the Month

Winners of the July Dogwood Circle Garden of the Month Award are the Jeremy and Allison Grubb family including daughters Maren and Rhys. Adhering to the theme of “Landscaping” the Grubb home at 390 Birch St. in Flemington has a variety of ornamental and unusual trees and shrubs: weeping ...

Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

August is the month for two garden W’s: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let’s look at watering. It’s not necessarily less rain that makes soils drier in August; it’s August’s ...

What to do to prepare your garden for winter

METRO — Gardens provide an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In fact, many gardening enthusiasts typically cannot wait for the spring thaw so they can spend the next several months tending to their plants under the warm sun. But a gardener’s work is never truly ...

Container gardening tips

METRO — Gardening is beneficial in various ways. The AARP states that some of the health perks associated with gardening include improved mood, increased vitamin D levels (which benefits bones and immune system) and reduced risk of dementia. In addition, if gardening efforts include growing ...

What can and cannot be composted

METRO — Avid gardeners know that compost can add vital nutrients to soil used in gardens, container plants and lawns. The fact that compost is so versatile and nutrient-dense may not even be its most admirable quality. Made from items used in and around the house, compost costs just about ...

Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but ...

Tips for planting fall vegetables

METRO — Tending to backyard vegetable gardens can fill many hours of enjoyable downtime in the great outdoors. What’s more, the bounty produced by such gardens provides healthy, fresh foods to gardeners and their loved ones. Although spring and summer are widely seen as the peak of ...

The value of mulched leaves

METRO — Homeowners who don’t look forward to dusting off their rakes each fall might be happy to learn that mulching fallen leaves with a mower may be a healthier and less labor intensive way to confront a yard covered in leaves. For 20 years, turfgrass specialists at Michigan State ...

Easy to be green, the final column

During a typical summer day you will see bees of all shapes and sizes visiting your flowers and vegetable plants. In addition there are different species of butterflies taking time to enjoy the plants nectar. But what happens once the sun sets and darkness takes over. The night time visitors ...

Master gardeners grow interest in home gardening

UNIVERSITY PARK — During the early to mid-1900s, it was commonplace for families to have a garden in their backyard, not just as a means to grow their food, but also to show their patriotism by providing their excess harvest to war efforts. In the postwar era, interest in these “Victory ...

Gardening booms in 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — "Gardening is booming in all parts of the country, and nurseries have struggled to keep up with the unprecedented and unexpected demand," said global plantsman, Tony Avent, founder and proprietor of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery in ...

Dogwood Circle announces June garden

Winners of the June Dogwood Circle Garden of the Month Award are Jim and Pam Guenot, 28 Homestead Drive in Mill Hall. Meticulously maintained, their’s is a study in a variety textures and hues of green. Oaks, blue Atlas cedar, dappled willow, phantom hydrangea, winterberry, Austrian spruce, ...

Poet’s famous garden recreated in Portsmouth

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A garden that once inspired one of America's foremost impressionist painters has been reconstructed in a new location because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the late 1880s, poet Celia Thaxter attracted members of Boston's literary and artistic societies to her family's ...

Three perennial gardening pointers

METRO — Gardening is an engaging hobby that can provide a host of benefits, some of which may surprise even the most devoted gardeners. For example, the Harvard Medical School notes that just 30 minutes of gardening activities burns 135 calories, making gardening a fun and simple way to ...

Lock Haven park renovation includes native plants

About two years ago, Lock Haven City Planner Leonora Hannagan asked Penn State Extension to support a grant application focused on the renovation of Hammermill Playground that would include the installation of native plants. We were happy to help and enthusiastic about the opportunity to create ...

Penn State Extension volunteers donates plants to community, medical staff

UNIVERSITY PARK — When the COVID-19 pandemic caused Penn State Master Gardeners across Pennsylvania to cancel annual plant-sale fundraisers and other gardening events this spring, they were left with thousands of vegetable and ornamental plants that needed good homes. Turning “lemons into ...

Did you know?

METRO — Many lawns contain a mixture of the roughly one dozen types of different grasses. According to the lawn care experts at Scotts®, knowing which type of grass they have in their yard can help homeowners more effectively manage and care for their lawns. But with so many lawns ...