August: hot, dry, humid, hazy, lazy, sweaty, sticky, yucky.
Many of us stay indoors as much as we can, out of the hot weather.
But a true gardener is always thinking, if not doing, something about the garden or in the garden, even during the dog days of summer, as August is known. Believe it or not, once September hits, history tells us that the weather will indeed cool down. We will want to be in the garden for longer stretches of time.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or another flower. The result is the production of fertile seeds.
When the pollen transfer happens within the same flower, it is called self-pollination. When it occurs between different flowers, it is cross-pollination.
Cross-pollination is preferable to self-pollination because it produces more genetic diversity in plant populations. Genetic diversity plays an important role in the adaptability and survivability of a species.
Can’t wait for that first ripe tomato?
You go to pick it, and then you see it: blossom end rot, or maybe a tomato hornworm.
These are some of the typical maladies that may test your tomatoes.
Tomato hornworms are one of the garden’s largest caterpillars at nearly 3- to 4-inches long and about as big around as your little finger. They are green with diagonal white stripes with a black or reddish horn-like protrusion projecting from its rear end, hence hornworm. Don’t worry, it will not sting or bite you.
Growing your own fruit can be very rewarding, but a home orchard requires considerable care.
An orchard can be large or small. It can be an extensive planting of many fruit trees, a handful of small trees in the corner of your garden, or an espalier of fruit trees trained to a fence, trellis or wall.
Pennsylvania is blessed with ample water resources, second only to Alaska in the number of stream miles in one state.
While water seems so abundant, clean water is not.
Our devotion to landscaped lawns, lovely gardens and beautiful properties, as well the region’s farming and agriculture, can have a substantial impact on the health of our streams and rivers. Stormwater has become a major pollutant in Pennsylvania.
When you hear the word “bulb,” what is the first flower you think of: tulip, daffodil, crocus, snowdrop or other fall-planted bulb?
Can you name your favorite summer bulb? These include begonia, caladium, canna, dahlias, gladiola, lilies of many varieties, oxalis, and many more.
Bulbs is a term used loosely to include corms, tubers, tuberous roots, rhizomes, and true bulbs. Bulbs are grouped broadly into spring-flowering (January through May) and summer-flowering (June through September) plants.
With winter slowly receding, even as spring officially has arrived, a new gardening season is around the corner. Homeowners are awash in suggestions for how to successfully care for plants, but it is imperative to sift through information provided on websites and garden articles.
Cracks and splits in tree trunks are fairly common and may occur for various reasons, but are usually not a significant threat to the tree.
Usually there’s not much you can do about them once they occur. Tree-trunk cracks and splits, however, occasionally signal a serious problem that may eventually kill the tree.
One of the most common reasons for cracks and splits on tree trunks is frost cracks, which occur during cold winter weather.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding planthopper, first discovered in the United States in Berks County in 2014. Field observations indicate that the tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima, is an important host plant.
However, the spotted lanternfly is known to feed on a wide range of hosts, including wild and cultivated grapes, stone fruits, willow, and various hardwoods. This species is thought to be native to China, and has spread to other Asian countries.
Sometimes it’s hard to be an animal lover and a gardener, especially when it comes to rabbits.
As cute as rabbits look hopping through your yard, they can really mow down your vegetables and annuals in the summer. Then in the winter, they set their sights on your woody ornamentals.