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The Allure of Live Christmas Trees The Allure of Live Christmas Trees
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
Though live Christmas trees, with their joyful scent and natural beauty, may only be on display in our homes for a few weeks each December, they are a year-round occupation for tree farmers across the area. [Read More]
Avid Gardener: 5 Holiday Plants and Their Care
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Avid Gardener: 5 Holiday Plants and Their Care
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
Though our weather outside may soon be frightful, it’s still possible to add cheer to the indoors with gifts of plants. Here are five popular ones, how to care for them and, in my experience, whether it may be better to keep or discard them once the holidays pass. [Read More]
Avid Gardener: The world of carnivorous plants Avid Gardener: The world of carnivorous plants
13 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
I first encountered carnivorous plants in the 1960s when Venus flytraps were all the rage and being sold by mail order. For a mere dollar you could “amaze people of all ages” when the plant ate hamburger meat from your fingers and actually caught and ate flies, or so the advertising [Read More]
Avid Gardner: Tips for Growing Herbs in Containers
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Avid Gardner: Tips for Growing Herbs in Containers
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
It’s easy to love herbs. All those romanticized portrayals of them spell allure, whether it’s in kitchen gardens surrounded by white picket fences glimpsed through back doors, standing at attention in terra cotta pots on a windowsill, or hanging neatly in small tidy bunches drying for later use. [Read More]
Avid Gardner: Tips for growing herbs in containers Avid Gardner: Tips for growing herbs in containers
19 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
It’s easy to love herbs. All those romanticized portrayals of them spell allure, whether it’s in kitchen gardens surrounded by white picket fences glimpsed through back doors, standing at attention in terra cotta pots on a windowsill, or hanging neatly in small tidy bunches drying for [Read More]
Small-space gardening with compact plants Small-space gardening with compact plants
24 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Today’s gardening needs have changed dramatically. Where once families may have lived in suburban lots with outdoor space for generous vegetable and flower gardens, today they might be living in a large house sandwiched on a small lot or an apartment, townhome or condo with a tiny yard or none [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: Growing into Spring
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The Avid Gardener: Growing into Spring
33 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
34 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
38 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
82 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]
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