Note: With the guidance of editor Doug Oster, new gardener Mike Palm will be chronicling his adventures (or perhaps misadventures) in starting a garden this year. So last time, I got the basic setup of the garden done. It will be a pair of raised bed gardens measuring 4 feet wide by 10 feet long.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council has a number of workshops in Allegheny County including one focused on backyard composting and another on composting and wildlife safe gardening. Details: Call 412-488-7490, Ext. 226 or visit www.prc.org/programs. The Backyard Composting workshop describes the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use
The sound of clinking metal plant tags jangled about by the wind echoes though Joseph Hamm’s Daffodil Hortus, one of the greatest collections of daffodils in Pennsylvania. This American Daffodil Society public garden is overflowing with spectacular blooms. Georgine Materniak and Carol Stough are carefully looking through rows of daffodils, blooming in every conceivable shape,
As the tiny sprouts of hosta stems emerge through the cool spring soil, other perennials join them in waking up in the garden. These plants come back on their own year after year, making many low-maintenance plants. It’s one of the reasons long-time gardeners continue adding them to their landscape. But there’s more to it
Weeding your garden is not always fun. So why not let a machine take over the drudgery of that chore? That’s the idea behind Tertill, a solar-powered weeding robot from Franklin Robotics. The company has a great pedigree in this field, as its chief technology officer is Joe Jones, the co-inventor of the Roomba.
Julie Pecora is sitting in the greenhouse at Angora Gardens with temperatures inside hitting a balmy 80 degrees. It’s just one area of the nearly three-acre property used to help clients and the public. With the sound of the fans pulling cool air through the windows to keep the plants happy, she explains what she
The spotted lanternfly first arrived in Pennsylvania in 2014, and state and federal officials and Penn State educators and researchers are ramping up to fight the invasive species. One of the most important issues has been awareness and education. The lanternfly could damage products of the state’s grape, fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which are
The National Endowment for the Humanities doled out $18.6 million in grants for nearly 200 projects across the country, including $202,000 to preserve 19th century horticultural documents. The Chicago Horticultural Society will conserve, digitize and disseminate rare and fragile horticultural records. The project is described as the “conservation and digitization of 62 rare and unique
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright missed the 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow, but during his rehab he developed a green thumb. With plenty of time on his hands, the MLB star started doing some container gardening. And like some vegetables, his interest grew and grew. “I just got
Note: With the guidance of editor Doug Oster, new gardener Mike Palm will be chronicling his adventures (or perhaps misadventures) in starting a garden this year. The flat area that we settled on last week is about 15 feet wide by 32 feet long. I figured placing the garden in the middle of that area