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August /Sept  2014

 

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Upcoming events this month

  

HELP SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERLIES

A Community Science Project

 

Monarch butterflies are a threatened species . By attending the Churchville Nature Center's Project Monarch Health and Habitat event, you will learn about the Monarch butterfly's threatened habitat and how to safely test for OE, a parasite organism  You will take a tour through Churchville Nature's Center's butterfly House and Gardens, guided by Stommy Blauth, director of the Butterfly House. You will receive free butterfly attracting seeds to start or add to your own butterfly garden.

 

WHEN   Sunday , Aug 24

WHERE   Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville PA - Main building

WHO  Adults and children  of all ages are welcome - cost $8

Contact Stommy Blauth at slblauth@co.bucks.pa.us  to sign up

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The next session of the Silver Lake Nature Center Naturalist Skills program will be on Wednesday, August 27th. To be honest, I have been so busy I have not planned a specific topic, but it should be a great time to study insects and or flowers.  The program starts at 6:00 PM and will be over by 8:30 PM. As the sun sets, the suit of insects changes, but be prepared, mosquitoes come out.  Bob Mercer , Director , Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Rd, Bristol, PA

 

PAXSON HILL FARM, COMFORT RD , NEW HOPE, PA
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2014

Art In The Garden

Approximately 50 local artists will transform the gardens with their diverse works of art from jewelry to tiles and oil paintings to fabrics. 
Admission is always FREE!

http://www.paxsonhillfarm.com/paxsonhome.html

 



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All are welcome on this great trip.
The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and DIG IT! Magazine will take you on a very exciting garden, music and art experience on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 on a
September Serenade!
Sit back, leave the driving to us as you enjoy two gorgeous gardens, an art museum that spans centuries, a Flamenco Concert in a garden courtyard, In the Garden of Sonic Delights sculpture exhibit and a Mediterranean luncheon buffet with guided tours everywhere.
Stop One: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with guided garden and mansion tours with centuries of Asian art, Flamenco Concert and buffet luncheon. Stop Two: Untermyer Gardens with a guided garden tour of one of the most beautiful, Indo-Persian style gardens in the U.S.A. Its architecture and plantings are now at the glorious crossroad of ruins and restoration.
Come join us for an exciting day!
DATE: Wednesday, September 3. Bus leaves Frelinghuysen Arboretum at 8:00am SHARP and returns approximately 6:30pm.
COST: $130/members; $150/become a member. Cost includes bus, garden admissions, guided tours, Flamenco Concert, Mediterranean buffet.
REGISTER:
www.arboretumfriends.org/Events (Scroll down to Sep 3)
MORE INFO:
www.dig-itmag.com/features/pleasures_story/576_0_7_0_M/

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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.   Here’s the report for the week ending 07-29-14:

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

 • Several inquiries about lawn pests, brown areas.  Brown patch was diagnosed in one case.  Japanese stilt grass was another turf problem: http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/projects/vegetative-management/publications/state-parks-invasive-species-management-quicksheets/4.-japanese-stiltgrass-microstegium-vimineum

 • Bamboo invasion from neighboring yard:  http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/weeds/hgic2320.html

 • Tomato diseases – Septoria leaf spot and Late Blight diagnosed:  http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/veg_fruit/hgic2217.html

 • Bag worms appearing on blue spruce:  http://extension.psu.edu/juniata/news/2013/control-bagworms-before-its-too-late

 

M.W.G.C. presents "Tulip Time Tour" . 

  April 23rd-May 1st, 2015, River Cruise aboard the "Avalon".

A presentation will be made at Ruth Logan's house 7 pm Thursday evening. Points of interest, cabin accommodations

Tours and cost.  This tour highlights the Tulip Festival, some places are already booked for next year.

Please join us for more information, Guests welcome.  Notify;  Ruth Logan 215-493-8148 if you wish to attend.

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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.

Penn State Newsletter

 

The Spring 2014 PA IPM News is now available at http://extension.psu.edu/pests/ipm/news/newsletter.

 

In This Issue

1.       Watch Out for West Nile Virus this Summer

2.       Summertime Means Deep Cleaning; Why Go Green?

3.       Gasping for air: Asthma in inner city youth

4.       May is Asthma Awareness Month – Do You Know Your Triggers?

5.       Got stink bugs?

6.       Kids can explore fascinating world of insects at Bug Camp

7.       Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honeybees

8.       New online CSA map from Penn State Cooperative Extension

9.       Ag Sciences Graduate Students Awarded International Fellowships

10.    Preventing Household Poisonings -- Take A Child's Eye View

11.    Green Cleaning Toolkit Available

 

If you have information you would like to contribute, or would like to be added to our e-mail listserv, please contact Kristie Auman-Bauer, Editor, at (814) 865-2839 or mailto:kma147@psu.edu.

 

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Kristie Auman-Bauer
Public Relations Coordinator
Pennsylvania IPM Program
115 Buckout Lab, Penn State
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2839
http://paipm.org
 
Native Plant of the Week  Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus
Fringetrees (Chionanthus spp.) are outstanding, small, deciduous ornamental trees. Two species are available, the native white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) and the Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus.) The botanical name translates as snow flower, an excellent description of the fluffy, white flowers that cover fringetrees in bloom. White fringetree, also known as Grancy graybeard or old man's beard, is native throughout South Carolina and the southeastern United States. Chinese fringetree is native to eastern Asia.
Native white fringetrees remain small, maturing at 12 to 20 feet in height and 12 to 20 feet in width. Trees in the wild may be taller. Fringetrees naturally grow with multiple stems, but can be trained to single trunks. The typical form is spreading with an open crown, but plant habit can vary.

Fringetrees grow slowly, usually only 6 to 10 inches per year. In ideal conditions with rich, moist, fertile soil they may grow up to one foot per year. There is only one growth period each year.

Ornamental Features

Large, 4-to 8-inch-long loose clusters of lightly fragrant white flowers cover the white fringetree in spring for about two weeks just as the leaves begin to emerge. Flowers start opening in April in the Coastal Plains, and in early May in the Upstate. Fringe trees are dioecious - male and female flowers are on separate plants - although occasional trees may have both kinds of flowers present on the same plant. Male flowers are showier due to longer petals. However, both male and female trees are striking in bloom.

Fringetrees are rarely available labeled as male or female, so unless they are purchased in bloom or with fruit present, it is impossible to know which one you are getting. Fortunately, both are beautiful.

 

large, medium to dark green, oblong leaves of the native white fringetree are held oppositely on the stem. They range between 3 to 8 inches long. White fringetrees seldom have showy fall leaf color in the southeast, generally fading to yellow-green or greenish brown, but occasionally they will turn bright, clear yellow in fall. Female fringe trees  bear attractive fruit if male plants are nearby. The fruit are blue-black, ½ to inch long and shaped like olives, to which fringetrees are related. The fruit ripens in late summer to early autumn and are enjoyed by birds. When fruit are still present during years of good fall leaf color, the contrast of dark blue fruit and yellow foliage is striking.

Landscape Use

Fringetrees are excellent anywhere that a very small tree is needed, such as near a patio, in small yards, or under power lines. Like many white-flowered plants, they look especially nice planted in front of a dark backdrop. They can be used as individual specimens, in groups, in mixed shrub borders or in natural gardens. They are well suited to urban plantings due to pollution tolerance and adaptability to varied soils. Fringetrees are not salt tolerant.

Although fringetrees are adaptable and will grow in most soil types, they prefer moist, deep, well-drained, acidic soils. They grow well in full sun to partial shade. Leaf appearance is best in some shade, but flowering is heaviest in full sun. The ideal compromise would be sun through most of the day, but shade during hot afternoon hours. Fringetrees have low maintenance needs once established.

Due to a naturally strong branch structure fringetrees rarely need pruning. Pruning while young may be desirable if a single stem tree form is preferred.

As fringetrees do not transplant well, take care to choose an appropriate permanent location and use proper planting methods.

Propagation of fringetrees is usually by seed. Seeds are planted in fall with young trees sprouting the second spring after planting. Propagating native white fringetrees by cuttings has not been successful. Some trees are grafted onto ash understocks. If this is the case, sprouts from the understock must be watched for and removed promptly.

Insect pests and diseases are rarely serious problems for fringetrees.

 

 



     

 

 
 
 
 




Churchville Nature Center Annual Wildflower and Native Plant sale is now EVERYTHING HALF PRICE - still a good supply of Natives left  http://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org/index.php

 

 

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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