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Garden

Growing your own plants is rewarding and great fun

PENN STATE —Are you interested in learning more about houseplant care? If so, sign up for the Houseplant Master Class on propagation, which will review various techniques including leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, air layering, and division to propagate your favorite indoor plants. Whether ...

Remember to disinfect garden tools

METRO — Disinfecting garden tools can help ensure the long-term health of plants and vegetables. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, plant pathogens, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, cause diseases that can damage and even kill plants. These pathogens can be ...

They need to chill: tips for turning seeds into trees

How exciting to think of a full-size tree locked up within each seed still clinging to the branches of sugar maples, hornbeams, oaks, sycamores and other trees at the end of summer. It was with such visions that I dropped an apple seed into some potting soil in an 8-inch clay flowerpot one ...

The powerful Pileated Woodpecker

If you have ever seen a crow-sized woodpecker with a flaming red back-swept crown, reminiscent of Woody Woodpecker, then you have been fortunate enough to observe a Pileated Woodpecker! Pileated means “crested,” and it is by far our largest woodpecker. The male has a bright red moustache ...

Young trees need some dressing up for winter protection

My young trees are decked out in their winter finery: arboreal attire, perfumes and cosmetics that will protect them through the winter. Insects and disease-causing fungi are dead or dormant, but larger, furrier animals now pose a threat. Deer, rabbits and mice are eager to gnaw on ...

A gardener’s guide to avoiding cabin fever

According to Wikipedia, “Cabin fever refers to the distressing claustrophobic irritability or restlessness experienced when a person, or group, is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended time.” It had its origins in centuries past when people were often ...

Yellow sights along the Pine Creek Rail Trail

(Editor’s Note: This article is the eighth and final in a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) On the bright side, we are only days away from the winter solstice where the nights will shorten and the days grow longer. ...

Summer days on the trail or patches of plants

(Editor’s Note: This article is the seventh of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) This column continues our journey on Pine Creek Rail Trail through the seasons as we move into summer. Plant exploration can be a family affair ...

If you want to grow apples, choose the tastiest

If you’re thinking about growing apples, take some time now to test varieties and talk with local growers. I grow an apple called Hudson’s Golden Gem and I do so for one reason. Yes, this apple’s russeted, golden skin is beautiful. But it’s the flavor that puts it above the ...

Spring Plants along Pine Creek’s Rail Trail

(Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) New Jersey was given the nickname Garden State back in the late 1800s. Before it gave way to suburban development, it was mostly farmland that provided ...

Growing Tips: Amaryllis for the holidays

At this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see Amaryllis bulbs sold as holiday gifts. In fact, they seem to be everywhere. There’s something especially appealing about a colorful, blooming plant during the cold, dark days of winter. Amaryllis bulbs do not disappoint in that respect. When ...

The plant community at Sampson State Park

(Editor’s Note: This article is the fifth of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) The past several columns in this series explored the managed (vineyards) and natural (Watkins Glen and Treman state parks) plant communities within the ...

Trekking thru Treman State Park

(Editors Note: This article is the fourth of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) The previous column in this series centered around plants and the Finger Lake wineries. Those with children may not find this as a viable option but there ...

Finger Lakes wineries

(Editor’s Note: This article is the third of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) Last week’s column explored the idea of venturing into the Finger Lakes region to create a vacation around plants. That article talked about the ...

Watkins Glen Gorge

(Editor’s Note: This article is the second of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) In the previous column, I talked about the wonders of Innisfree Garden. While beautiful, it is a long drive into New York. For those that are looking ...

Wandering around Innisfree Garden

(Editors Note: This article is the first of a series exploring plants and horticulture within driving distance of central Pennsylvania.) It is going to be a long winter this year. Moods are altered and activities limited during these long nights, cold temperatures, and sunless days. The ...

Growing Tips: Reblooming irises add pizzazz to fall gardens

Chrysanthemums and asters are often the workhorses of fall gardens here in Central Pennsylvania. As the flowers of summer blooming perennials fade, many gardeners look to mums and asters to keep things colorful during September and October. A lesser known, but equally beautiful fall-flowering ...

Dogwood Circle names October Garden of the Month

PHOTO PROVIDED Dogwood Circle Garden Club has bestowed the October Garden of the Month Award to Dana Suter, 128 N. Summit St. in Lock Haven. The foundation planting is colorful and lush, a rarity and accomplishment in this hot dry summer. Dana loves pinks and purples. Blue ageratum, red ...

Frost doesn’t mean the gardening season’s over

Cleaning up some frosted bean and marigold plants the other day, I thought of a weather report I heard recently on the radio. The announcer stated: “Freezing temperatures are predicted for tonight, thus ending the gardening season.” His deadpan delivery of this dramatic — for gardeners ...

Best time to plant a tree? Probably now

Planting a tree is one of the best things you can do to help the planet, and these days it’s gotten easier. There’s a better understanding now of what trees need, including when they should generally be planted (the fall). Why plant trees? It’s well-known that trees mitigate global ...