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all are welcome to these events

Nov/Dec  2014

 

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Upcoming events this month

  

 

Martha Washington Garden Club 


 If you want to learn the art of floral design, here is your perfect chance for a workshop


Wed, November 19, at 12:30

-Interactive workshop led by Pat Mutek

-project; Pumpkin or Cornucopia centerpiece

   you may bring your own container

-please sign-up for pumpkin or cornucopia by

   Nov. 10th. call Ruth Logan 215-493-8148

   or Pat Mutec at 215-801-0548

-Bring flowers and greens purchased or from

   your garden, trash bag, scissors ect.

-oasis will be provided

-Guests,  $10.00-with own container $7.00

 

Dec 8 Wreath Workshop - more details to follow

 

Dec 10  Holiday Luncheon at the Yardley Inn

11:30 Social Hour

12:30 Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon, December 10th-11:30

Yardley Inn, Guests Welcome-$25.00

choices are;

Grilled Salmon in lemon butter sauce, lemon chicken with capers and olives

pork paprikash over spaetzel ,salad and dessert

tickets on sale NOW-checks made out to Martha Washington Garden Club

Please bring a" white Elephant Gift "with emphasis on gift wrapping"

 

Jan 21                                 

Our always fun and entertaining January Luncheon will be January 21 . Bring guests . We will have raffle baskets, great food, that wonderfully addictive balsamic vinegars and oils with a presentation on their use by the Tubby Olive , and  beautiful decorations to cheer us and chase away our mid winter blues.

January Gala"-Abundance of Flavors"

presented by Tubby Olive from Newtown.

The date is ;January 21, at 11:30

Everyone will be asked to bring a dish to serve 8. Please label with the ingredients.

Sign-ups for table Designs are available.

Guests Welcome $20.00

 

 

 

 

  If you have any interesting horticulture related events you would like to share, please email them to  sah215@yahoo.com

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All are welcome to these presentations at the
Bux Mont Organic Gardening Club   all welcome, meeting at Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Road, Bristol.    guest fee $3

      

Dec 2--7 PM Susan Harrison  "Birds, Butterflies, and Native Plants, Relationships in Nature"    Stunning photos of the birds and butterflies that reside in your backyard and the secret to attracting them to your garden, by using  native plants , with an explanation of why native plants play  an important part in  our environment. Free Milkweed seeds given to all who attend.


 

Here's a great opportunity to see the Phila Flower Show by volunteering to help in the judging and scoring  sections.   There are so many positions and times to choose from,, very easy work,  banking hours, you can sit or choose a  position  that is more active, you can see the show before it opens to the public with your free entry ticket, and get to see all the behind the scenes action too. Below is a  letter from Elsa Efran with a description, you can contact her or me if you have questions. Its so much fun. Available days start in mid February, and continue during the show , which is Feb 28 to March 6. Email me for an exact calendar of available days.  Yes, this is almost too good to be true!

Susan   sah215@yahoo.com

 

From:  Elsa Efran, Co-Chair, Points/Computer Support  Diane Humphries, Senior Manager, PHS Information Services

215-988-8822                                                           215-988-8863                                              
eefran@pennhort.org                                               dhumphries@pennhort.org

To:       Points and Typing Booth Volunteers

We invite you to work with us (again or for the first time) for the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Celebrate the Movies.”

There are five areas and time frames in which we need assistance:

  • Entering data in the Flower Show Data Base (FSDB)—we’ll train you or refresh your skills. We will be set up to start work here at PHS on Tuesday, January 20.

  • Assisting the Horticulture Committee with its exhibitor mailing (mid-February) at PHS.

  • Helping at the Pennsylvania Convention Center the week before the Show (February 23-27) and during the Show (February 28 through March 6—the notorious “second Friday”) up in our Show headquarters in Room 306 of the Convention Center.

    During the week before the Show, we print entry cards and judging sheets (this mainly involves feeding cards and paper into the printers and then organizing the resulting paperwork). We process upwards of 10,000 pre-entries for the Show, about half of which actually came to the Show.

    During the Show, we enter the results from the Horticulture and Artistic judging into FSDB (some computer skills needed) and proofread and file all the paperwork (no computer experience necessary, only eagle eyes).

  • Working in the Typing Booth on Thursday, February 26, Friday, February 27, on Monday, March 2, and Friday, March 6. We need typists (FSDB-savvy and/or Word savvy), and nomenclature checkers.

  • Working as Post-Entry Aides to accept post-entries. We’ve taken over responsibility for these volunteers, who were formerly part of Hort Aides. We hope the “old” ones will help out again, and we hope they can train new volunteers.

    The attached calendar shows dates and times when we anticipate needing help. For all of these jobs, we request that you work a shift of at least three hours. Of course, we’d like to have you for as much extra time as you’d like to work. It’s a good idea to check in by phone or e-mail the day before you are scheduled to work to make sure there is still work to do (or, shhhhh, if snow has become an issue). Sometimes you are so efficient that the work is finished early and there is nothing left for the next shifts to do.

    We’d appreciate your getting in touch (by mail, email, or phone) to let us know if you are available this year and what times and jobs work best for you. If you have friends who might be interested in helping out, please let us know that, too—we’re always looking for computer folks but also could use more “non-techies” like those of you who so ably organize our paperwork and proofread our printouts. Working on Points can be addictive—many of our current volunteers have been with us for a number of years. All of us are happy to welcome and train newcomers.

    Please note: If you are going to be working with the computers in the Typing Booth or FSDB (as opposed to proofreading or filing) and want to play around with the new system in advance, we can send you a link to a “sandbox” version of the Administrative portal along with some practice exercises to let you become familiar with FSDB. We would probably do this closer to Show time. If you come to PHS to do data entry, we will train you here. It shouldn’t take long—it’s very similar to shopping online.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    P.S. If you want to be removed from the list of Points/Typing Booth volunteers (for instance, if we’ve gotten your name in error or you are no longer interested or available), please let Elsa know. If you can’t work this year but still want to be on the list, let us know about that, too. Thanks.

     

 

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You can call the Penn State Hort Hotline with your gardening questions at   215-345-3283. Here's a weekly report with gardening trends in Bucks County, including links to more information about the problem. 

Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners.  Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/free-ebooks
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/on-line-guides

 


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CHURCHVILLE NATURE CENTER BUTTERFLY HOUSE is looking for volunteers who want to help work in the butterfly house, raising butterflies, caring for the plants in the butterfly house or helping to lead tours. We will train . info contact Stommy Blauth at butterfliesandmoths@comcast.net.


Explore the wonder of butterflies

at Churchville Nature Center’s Butterfly House

 

As Seen In The March 2014 Edition of the Yardley Voice

by June Portnoy

 

    Churchville Nature Center will celebrate the start of butterfly season by reopening its Janet V. Makiewicz Butterfly House on Sunday. The  second annual Grand Reopening, from 11:00am until 4:00pm, will offer a family-friendly day with games, face painting and fun activities, along with the Nature Center’s Annual Wildflower Sale, and of course all day tours of the Butterfly House. For this special event, admission price is $5.

“Over 2,000 guests visited our Butterfly House last year, and we’re expecting about 3,000 people this year,” says Stommy Blauth, Butterfly House Coordinator.

     The Butterfly House exhibits approximately 30 to 35 different types of native butterflies flying freely among host plants, nectaring plants and flowers at all different

eye levels within a 30’ by 40’ enclosed space. The large variety of butterflies range from the monarchs, black swallowtails, red admirals and tiger swallowtails to red

spotted purples, cabbage whites, commas and question marks, just to name a few. “What makes this butterfly house so unique is that it includes host plants,”

explains Stommy.  A female butterfly will only lay eggs on a specific host plant. Caterpillars eat only certain types of host plants, so the female butterfly  knows to lay her eggs on those plants so her offspring will survive. Most butterfly houses don’t include  host plants because caterpillars eat them, requiring a lot of upkeep. Therefore, at

most other butterfly houses, you won’t see butterflies laying eggs or young caterpillars, as you can here.  “As a result, Churchville Nature Center’s Butterfly House offers visitors the rare opportunity to observe every aspect of these  butterflies’ life cycle and development,” says Stommy.

    While here, you might be lucky enough to watch butterflies court, mate, and lay  eggs on one of the 15 to 20  native host plants available to them.

Also view a chrysalis up  close in the Butterfly House’s entrance vestibule.  “Once you’ve seen a butterfly emerge and spread its wings, you’ll be hooked,” says Stommy.

She adds, “It is the best hands-on exposure one can get to butterflies. You  don’t feel like you’re learning, even though  you truly are.” One of the Butterfly House’s goals is

to encourage people to fall in love with butterflies. According to Stommy, this is particularly important because so many people have an aversion to insects. “Many kids don’t consider butterflies to be insects, and few people have phobias to butterflies,” says Stommy. “Therefore, both children and adults gain an appreciation for other insects.”  Still another benefit of coming to the Butterfly House is that it takes kids away from electronics and brings them outside,  giving them exposure to nature. Knowledgeable docents explain interesting facts, while pointing out different  stages of the butterflies’ development.

   The Butterfly House depends on volunteers  to work as docents. “Our docents  are like mothers to these butterflies,” says  Stommy. “They find the eggs, help rear the

caterpillars, and ultimately, release the butterflies into the Butterfly House.”  There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in virtually every aspect of maintaining the Buttery House, including giving tours, food plant propagation and rearing butterflies.

     Last year, Stommy  reared  20% of the butterflies in the house, and this year she hopes that with  additional volunteers she can increase that  number to 50%.

“Butterflies are expensive to buy, and  they only live about two weeks,” says Stommy. “In addition, very hot weather shortens their life span, so we’re constantly replenishing our Butterfly House with new ones.” The Butterfly House is currently recruiting volunteers for this year’s season, which will run from May until October.

Ideal volunteers are students 16 or older looking for community service hours for school, seniors, retired schoolteachers and Master Gardeners. Hours are very flexible, and volunteers can work in whatever role they prefer. For children ages nine through 13, the  Butterfly House will run a summer camp August 4th through August 8th where kids  will enjoy hands-on fun. Inquire about additional camps for different age groups all summer long.

   The Butterfly House hours will be Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. General admission is $8; seniors (62 plus) pay $6; juniors (4 – 12) pay $5;

and children three and under are free. Churchville Nature Center members  pay just $6. All prices include a guided  tour. Call to arrange required reservations

at 215-357-4005

 

 






 

 

 

 

 Don’t waste your time or money guessing about soil amendments.  Find out how much lime and/or fertilizer your soil actually needs (or does not need) by getting a Soil Test Kit at the Extension office.  It will be the best $9 you have ever spent on your garden!  Pick one up during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Ag Services Building, Suite 102, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA.  http://www.aasl.psu.edu/ssft.htm

 

 

If you have strong light, it is time to start the slow and steady seeds, like tomatoes & peppers, indoors.  Here is a good reference from Penn State, Sowing Annual Seeds  http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/UJ254.pdf

 

Be sure to shop early for best seed selection.  Select disease resistant varieties for success.  Penn State offers Pennsylvania Vegetable Variety Recommendations for the Home Gardener http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uj250.pdf

 

Do you have questions about gardening projects?  Use Penn State’s 64-page publication for home gardeners, Vegetable Gardening, ARGS-115.  It is available as FREE .pdf download from:  http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/agrs115.pdf  

 

 

Please burn only local firewood.  The Emerald Ash Borer beetles are spreading across Pennsylvania.  These destructive pests are in Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Montour, & Wyoming Counties.  For information: 

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/trees-shrubs/emerald-ash-borer/frequently-asked-questions  and  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab/index.htm

 

 

 

 

Your property may qualify as a Certified Pollinator Friendly Garden as it is or with just a few changes.  For more information visit http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/public-outreach/cert

 

The Great Sunflower Project uses ‘Lemon Queen’ annual sunflowers to study the bee population.  Participate in this citizen science project!  Details can be found here:  http://www.greatsunflower.org  Join their Safe Gardens for Pollinators program.

 

Interested in Beekeeping?  Investigate Penn State’s nationally recognized Beekeeping 101 course -- http://beekeeping101.psu.edu/ 

 

 

Are you growing fruit trees or berry bushes?  Penn State has an excellent resource called Fruit Production for the Home Gardener:  Read the chapters on this website:  http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg .

 

 

Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners.  Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/free-ebooks

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/on-line-guides

 

  

 

See you in the garden!

 

Penn State Extension

Master Gardeners

Columbia County

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Here's the  COMFORTFOOD recipies from Kim Quat  at the January Gala

phone: 215 847 5707, email: comfortfood1@yahoo.com and blog: comfortfoodlive.blogspot.com.Also, please remind members you  can like Comfortfood on facebook for daily menus.

 

Comfortfood Kim Quay   see Comfortfoods Valentines flyer attached to this email

Wheatberry Salad with Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese

October 18, 2013 By webmaster

 

 

 

submitted by Kimberly Quay, chef/owner at Comfortfood

 

1# organic red winter wheatberries

1 large red onion, diced

3 large carrots, diced

4 stalks celery, diced

2 tb. olive oil

1 c dried cranberries

4 oz. organic goat cheese

 

Mustard Herb Vinaigrette:

3 shallots

½ c red wine vinegar

3 tb. honey

3 tb. grain mustard

salt

pepper

2 tb. chopped rosemary

1¼ c blended oil

 

For Vinaigrette:

Place all ingredients except oil in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, then slowly add in oil to emulsify.

 

Boil wheatberries in a large amount of water for to soften the kernels. Drain and chill. Meanwhile, saute the onion, carrot and celery in with the olive oil in a sauté pan. When soft, remove from heat and mix with cooked wheatberries. Add dried cranberries and dressing. Place in serving dish and crumble goat cheese on top.

 

 

Kim Quay chef/owner

215 847 5707

Comfortfood1@yahoo.com

 

 

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

 

INGREDIENTS

 

2 T butter

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

1 large butternut squash, pleeled and chopped

4 cups vegetable stock

4 large apples, peeled

salt to taste

fresh ground pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION

 

·         Sweat onions in butter over medium heat until they are soft, but not browned

·         Add garlic, sweat for 1 minute

·         Add butternut squash and cook for a few minutes

·         Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil

·         Reduce heat; simmer gently until the butternut squash is fork tender

·         Add chopped apples, cook until apples are starting to break up

·         Blend together with hand blender until the soup is a smooth consistency

·         Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper

·         Add a dash of Tabasco or other hot sauce for a little zip

 


Don’t waste your time or money guessing about soil amendments.  Find out how much lime and/or fertilizer your soil actually needs (or does not need) by getting a Soil Test Kit at the Extension office.  It will be the best $9 you have ever spent on your garden!  Pick one up during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Ag Services Building, Suite 102, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA.  http://www.aasl.psu.edu/ssft.htm

 

 

Be sure to shop early for best seed selection.  Select disease resistant varieties for success.  Penn State suggests Pennsylvania Vegetable Variety Recommendations for the Home Gardener http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uj250.pdf

 

Do you have questions about gardening projects?  Use Penn State’s 64-page publication for home gardeners, Vegetable Gardening, ARGS-115.  It is available as FREE .pdf download from:  http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/agrs115.pdf  

 

 

You can help pollinators by creating your own Certified Pollinator Friendly Garden recognized by Penn State Extension.  Your property may already qualify!  For details about the process, please visit http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/public-outreach/cert

 

 

Please burn only local firewood.  The Emerald Ash Borer beetles are spreading across Pennsylvania.  These destructive pests are in Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Montour, & Wyoming Counties.  For information: 

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/trees-shrubs/emerald-ash-borer/frequently-asked-questions  and  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab/index.htm

 

 

Interested in Beekeeping?  Investigate Penn State’s nationally recognized Beekeeping 101 course -- http://beekeeping101.psu.edu/  

 

 

Are you growing fruit trees or berry bushes?  Penn State has an excellent resource called Fruit Production for the Home Gardener:  Read the chapters on this website:  http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg .

 

 

Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners.  Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/free-ebooks

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/on-line-guides

 

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