Monthly Archives: June 2009

Greenfest; Composting and much more


“If it rots, compost it.” said Catherine Scott, Penn State Master Gardener as she explained that there were some important exceptions. Composting meat or protein is a bad idea because it draws critters, smells, and brings flies. But, in the quest to get enough brown in your compost, consider composting paper products and even hair. I’ve heard that you can even compost dryer lint.

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Protect your Harvest


Late blight is a fungus that usually occurs at the end of the growing season. It is the same fungus that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1850′s. Once your plants get it they are goners, there are no treatments to control this disease in infected plants. That makes the application of protectants paramount.

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Real Food Experience


Farmers on the Square opened June 3rd in Carlisle, PA and features local vegetables, cheese, meat plus a variety of foods from baked good to eggs, all produced within a 100 mile radius of Carlisle. They are literally on the square in front of the Presbyterian church each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm.

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Rain Gardens; Start with the Site


Choosing an appropriate site for the garden is of critical importance. Always remember that it is the goal of the rain garden is to filter and slow down storm water runoff. The most likely source of runoff will be roofs, lawns (which are shallow rooting and provide minimum runoff absorption), driveways and roads.

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Holy Bolting


Yes, it is an annual.  Annual vegetable.  I’ve never had the pleasure to see broccoli bolt to this extreme.   This monster plant was started in the greenhouse during the winter and planted in a container very close to maturity. I harvested one good head from it and several nice side shoots.  A cluster, close […]

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Beautiful in Many Ways, Rain Gardens


The beauty of this type of garden is multi-faceted. Not only does it create an interesting vista it also provides an intercept site for storm water runoff before it enters the waterways. Rain Gardens are also excellent sources of wildlife habitats.

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Welcome a new author


Roberta Bogash has been working with plants for the better part of her life. After studying photography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and interning as a darkroom technician for GreenPeace USA she began studying horticulture through the Master Gardener Program in Maryland.

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Snake Dancing out of Stupidity


The majority of Pennsylvania’s native snakes are harmless and beneficial to gardeners. Chances of encountering a venomous species in your yard or garden are very remote. Naturalist Jack Hubley will be at Meadowood Nursery Saturday June 27th.

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Plants Have their Own Purpose

Doug Tallamy

There are people gathered in Millersville right now who would be very comfortable with two concepts that recently sunk into my hard head.

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Garden Yoga


Bending back and to the side to reach behind the japanese willow, I found myself as twisted as a Henry Lauder’s Walking stick. I was trying to reach into the back corners of the garden while touching up the mulch. It occurred to me, while not as graceful, some of the silly positions I found […]

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