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Garden

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 ...

Gardening: A diversion with some real benefits

As the pandemic took root in spring, many people staying home turned to backyard gardening. With summer ahead and counties turning from red to yellow, and perhaps eventually green, all those newer green thumbs should keep on tending their gardens to maximize a rewarding experience, said Jane ...

Easy to be Green: An egg white substitute

You were ready to begin to get everything around that you needed to make your famous chocolate cupcakes for the upcoming bake sale. You took one last look in the refrigerator and no eggs. The cake recipe is a longtime favorite called Depression cake. No eggs required for the cake, but you have ...

Author urges gardeners to form one big ‘national park’

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, ...

Master Gardeners welcome five new apprentices

LOCK HAVEN — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County recently added five apprentice Master Gardeners to their ranks. Apprentices are those who have completed the six-month Master Gardener basic training course and passed the exam. Anne Gibson of Lock Haven, Kimberlee Carey, Marty ...

Uncommon spring beauty

When we think of spring flowers, it’s often daffodils, tulips and hyacinths that come to mind. They are planted extensively in Central Pennsylvania and create a very attractive show at this time of year, but they’re not the only choices available to local gardeners. There are many less ...

Easy to be Green: Native bees play a vital role

I’m going to begin my column this month with the topic that is on everyone’s minds, COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus. I certainly hope that everyone is practicing being safe. We have all heard or read the guideline, so I’m not going to go there. But here is something for you ...

Keeping it green: The rise of the sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are working their way into our meals more and more. Is it because Americans are becoming adventurous with their taste buds? Or are we becoming more aware of health benefits of a diet heavy in vegetables? Whatever the case, sweet potato consumption is on the rise. According to ...