The 12 Principles of Permaculture: A Way Forward

By ELIZABETH WADDINGTON Most of us now understand that our way of life on this planet has to change if humanity is going to survive...

Water Saving Tips

Efficient water use is especially important during the hot summer months when as much as 50 percent of home water use is for watering lawns...

Rain Barrels in the Home Garden

Rain barrels are the final piece of the puzzle in dealing with stormwater on your property—they capture the rain and store it for later use...

Landscaping for Wildlife: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Landscaping for wildlife can restore critically needed habitat and beautify your yard at the same time. Many excellent native trees, shrubs, and vines offer four...

Dividing Perennials

A certain amount of time and energy is required to create and maintain a visually appealing perennial garden. Results obtained from dividing perennials are well...

Landscaping for Wildlife: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Landscaping for wildlife can restore critically needed habitat and beautify your yard at the same time. Many excellent native trees, shrubs, and vines offer four...

Pennsylvania Native Plants for the Perennial Garden

Herbaceous (non-woody) perennial plants add year-round interest to any landscape and are a popular choice of plants among gardeners. Though thousands of perennials are available,...

9 Things Master Gardeners Wouldn’t Do in Their Gardens

By MIKAYLA BORCHERT – Family Handyman editor Gardening is a forgiving hobby. If you forget to water once, plants will usually bounce back after their...

Master Gardener Hotline

Venango County Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer gardening-related questions through the Venango County Master Gardeners’ Facebook page, by emailing venangomg@psu.edu, or by calling...

Vegetable Planting and Transplanting Guide

Here is a list of the major vegetables and the “best” time to plant: Cabbage Indoor growing time prior to transplanting: 5 to 6 weeks...

Insects in Winter

By Doug Tallamy Across the nation, homeowners, landscape designers, and land managers are recognizing the critical role our managed landscapes now play in sustaining the...

Fruit Tree Pruning – A Rules-Based Approach

With the advent of uniform narrow canopy training systems, the “artistry” of pruning can be phased out in favor of pruning to a few scientifically...

Delay Garden Cleanup to Benefit Overwintering Insects

You can support butterflies, moths, bees, and other desirable insects by delaying your garden cleanup until spring. Learn simple ways to encourage overwintering insects and...

Transplanting Annuals into the Garden

When seedlings grow their first pair of identifiable true leaves, they are ready for transplanting. At this time, you can transplant plants either into small...

Understanding Seeds and Seedling Biology

Most vegetable crops start their life as seeds. Seeds of some crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli, are usually planted into greenhouse trays to...

Nip Garden Problems in the Bud!

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Venango County are available to answer questions on trees and shrubs,  annuals and perennials, fruits and vegetables, soils and...

Houseplant Selection

The need to bring nature indoors in winter is universal. As far back as archeological records go, there is evidence of man decorating his domicile...

A Hobby for All Seasons: 7 ScienceBacked Benefits of Indoor Plants

By REBECCA JOY STANBOROUGH, MFA – Medically reviewed by DEBORAH WEATHERSPOON, Ph.D., R.N., CRNA Indoor gardening is still enjoying a surge in popularity, fed by Instagram’s...

Amaryllis Is a Bright Spot in Winter

A blooming amaryllis can add sparkle to holiday decorations and cheer during the short days and long nights of winter. The amaryllis, in the genus...

A Winter Seed Sowing Project to Banish the Blahs

“Winter sown seedlings grow into healthy,sturdy plants. Plants will be ready to thrive in the garden when spring arrives.” – Trudy Davidoff, Creator of the...

Forcing Bulbs

Now is the time to plan and prepare for a bit of spring sunshine on dreary winter days. The term forcing refers to inducing a...

A Step-By-Step Guide for Growing Microgreens at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many to stay home and avoid social activities. Besides the fear of infection, psychologists are observing a negative impact on...

Be Inspired With Indoor Herb Gardening

By Susan Martin – Piedmont Master Gardeners At this time of year, starting an indoor herb garden is an inspiring idea. Add a handful of...

The 14 Best Garden Plant and Seed Catalogs Out There

By BETHANY HAYES Waiting for spring to arrive feels like torture for those of us who can’t garden year-round. In my opinion, the next best...

Journaling in the New Decade

Have you ever kept a Garden Journal? A garden journal can be whatever you want it to be. It’s a notebook or binder where you...

Fall is best time to plant most trees, shrubs and perennials

The green buds that emerge with the first warm days of April cannot help but inspire winter-weary gardeners, so it’s no wonder that spring is...

Is Fall for Planting?

In climates with four distinct seasons, common sense would suggest that most planting should be done in spring, at the beginning of the warm season....

Winterizing Your Fig Tree

You can grow figs in Pennsylvania if you take steps to protect them from the harshest winter temperatures. There’s nothing like a fresh fig! Despite...

Mulch – A Survey of Available Options

A gardener has many choices when it comes to mulch. This article covers the pros and cons of various types of organic, non-organic, and living...

Seed Saving Basics

For longtime gardeners, saving seeds from their plants may be a family tradition. For new gardeners, it may only be a matter of time until...