It is fall in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Our
weather has been beautiful and most of our planting is done. We are harvesting
the last tomatoes, peppers and beans in our vegetable gardens. But wait.
There’s still planting to do. I just planted my turnips in the Trial Garden
Plot. Then there are the flowering bulbs, garlic and rhubarb to get in the
ground before it freezes.
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate
feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a
Autumn is just about upon us, and you know the
other word for the season -- Fall. Why? Because the leaves will soon be
falling all around us. Many people think of falling leaves as something that
must be raked up and thrown away, but leaves are intended by nature to be a
natural fertilizer and protective cover for the earth.
Who among us as a child has never captured
fireflies in a jar on a summer night?
Is there a gardener on your gift list that you
just don’t know what to buy for them? Gardeners love to get holiday gifts
that promote their passion for gardening.
Pineapple sage as an excellent Fall accent
Vita Sackville-West was an aristocratic writer
and English gardener with lots of panache and a complicated life-style. It
also didn’t hurt to have plenty of funds available…
Natural Resources scientists at Cornell
University are expressing concern about the effects of the common earthworm
on the health of forests in the Northeast. The question they are asking is
"What are the effects of the invasive worms on local forest ecosystems
and native plants?"
With all the excitement, celebration, passion,
and enthusiasm of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and Lincoln's
Gettysburg Address, I thought that it would be fun to learn about gardening
during the Civil War. Gardening was a means of sustenance and survival during
Also known as Big Leaf mountain mint or
Short-toothed mountain mint, it has been observed hosting every imaginable
insect that seeks nectar and pollen.
Tiarella cordifolia has routinely appeared at the
Philadelphia Flower Show exhibits, in both commercial and educational
Swamp white oak is native to the eastern United
States and Canada, typically found on soils that do not drain well. It
tolerates periodic flooding, but not constantly inundated soils.
When talking about fall color, the conversation
usually is about Pennsylvania’s hillsides and mountains covered with colored
foliage of trees such as red maples and hickories. While those trees and
others can be brought into the landscape to provide late season interest,
there are shrubs that can be utilized to bring colors to the eye level.
Fall is a good time for planting just about
anything in your landscape.
It’s time to plant garlic. If you have not grown
garlic I highly recommend it. It may be the easiest of all crops to grow...
Composting isn’t just for the benefit of
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