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The Avid Gardener: Growing into Spring
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The Avid Gardener: Growing into Spring
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
In getting set up for the new season, April tasks will definitely include raking matted leaves, collecting loose brush, digging and including new soil for any new beds, as well as scrubbing accessories like birdhouses, feeders, baths, and fountains. It also means turning on hoses, cleaning pots and [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Growing into spring The Avid Gardener: Growing into spring
10 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.” Henry Van Dyke The name for the fourth month, April, derives from the Greek word for “opening.” This could refer to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees this month, but it could just as [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Escape to the Orchid Show The Avid Gardener: Escape to the Orchid Show
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
The Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society will hold its 54th annual Orchid Show at Penn State’s Snider Ag Arena this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This promises to be an ideal escape for the first weekend of spring with tropical colors in abundance. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Master Gardener Hotline Offers Solutions The Avid Gardener: Master Gardener Hotline Offers Solutions
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
There are times when “patient labor and attention” are not enough. Sometimes, practical research-based knowledge is necessary to solve a gardening problem or answer a question. That’s where the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Garden Hotline can help. [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Master gardener hotline offers solutions The Avid Gardener: Master gardener hotline offers solutions
59 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
There are times when “patient labor and attention” are not enough. Sometimes, practical research-based knowledge is necessary to solve a gardening problem or answer a question.  That’s where the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Garden Hotline can help. Started in 2009 as [Read More]
The Avid Gardner: Orchid Show a Premier Event for Growers and Collectors The Avid Gardner: Orchid Show a Premier Event for Growers and Collectors
64 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
The Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society will hold its 53rd annual Orchid Show from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Penn State’s Snider Ag Arena. [Read More]
Plant Scientist Offers Fruit Tree Pruning Tips Plant Scientist Offers Fruit Tree Pruning Tips
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
To prune or not to prune is a continuing dilemma that gardening enthusiasts from professionals to home gardeners have to deal with every growing season. [Read More]
Plant scientist offers fruit tree pruning tips Plant scientist offers fruit tree pruning tips
67 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
CENTRE HALL — To prune or not to prune is a continuing dilemma that gardening enthusiasts from professionals to home gardeners have to deal with every growing season. From trees to shrubs, the why, when and how of pruning are among the most difficult aspects of horticulture to [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Escaping winter with spring planning The Avid Gardener: Escaping winter with spring planning
70 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Please use Lora’s standing header The Avid Gardener: Escaping winter with spring planning  “In a way Winter is the real Spring — the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” — Edna O’Brien  With spring still almost a month away, I [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Preparing to Bring Plants Indoors
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The Avid Gardener: Preparing to Bring Plants Indoors
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
None of us want pests to hitchhike on plants we bring back indoors for the winter. Some plants make good candidates for wintering over and some should hit the compost heap. Here are considerations I weigh with my limited inside space. [Read More]
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