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...

Fall Garden Tasks

As the beautiful Pennsylvania landscape takes on its legendary colors and the unwelcome first frost arrives, home gardeners often have questions about fall tasks. Here...

Plant Bulbs in the Fall for a Spring Celebration

For a beautiful spring display, you should plan to plant bulbs in the fall. Find out how to select, plant, and care for bulbs in...

Why Use Native Plants?

This article explains what native plants are, their benefits, and where to acquire them. It also includes tips on how to use native plants in...

Saving Seeds from Your Garden

Saving seeds at the end of the gardening season is economical and can ensure access to your favorite plant varieties. Here are steps to help...

Fall Garden Care for Pollinators

This article discusses the beneficial pollinators that overwinter in the garden and best practices for providing habitat for them. As the days get shorter and...

Plan a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Basic steps you can take to make your garden a safe haven for beneficial wildlife. When I planned my flower and vegetable gardens, I envisioned...

Announcing New Invasive Plant Fact Sheets Series

With recent efforts to combat invasive plants in woodlands, Penn State Extension has released new resources to help with identification and control. A total of...

Landscaping for Beginners

Developing a landscape plan can seem like a daunting task. So many things to think about. Whether it is new construction or renovating an existing...

Become a Master Gardener in Venango County

Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more about horticulture, and a strong desire to educate the community? The Penn State...

Water Saving Tips

Water-efficient gardening includes seven basic principles that are easy to employ while they increase the value of your home, plus save you time, water and...

Gardening for Birds

Birds can be found everywhere – parks, lakes, forests, cities, even your own backyard; however, birds are finding our homes less and less appealing. The...

Heat Proofing Your Vegetable Garden

The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during...

Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

One of the most important ways you can help pollinators is by provisioning your yard with plants that provide pollen and nectar. To attract butterflies,...

Pet Friendly Gardening

Here are some helpful hints on ways to make your garden a pet safe and beautiful space. After 22 years in the military, it is...

Rain Gardens – the Plants

This plant list provides a good starting point to help you become familiar with some native plants that are good for rain gardens. Most of...

Rain Gardens – the Basics

Rain gardens are a simple and resourceful way to use the stormwater from your gutters productively as a garden. In its most simple design, a...

Gardening with Deer

The deer population in Pennsylvania is on the rise. And as land development increases, deer are frequently found in areas densely populated by humans. Deer...

Master Gardener Hotline

Venango County Master Gardener Volunteers are available to answer gardening-related questions through this Blog site , Facebook at “Venango County Master Gardeners,” email at venangomg@psu.edu,...

Periodical Cicadas, Worth the Seventeen-Year Wait

Imagine sharing your yard with thousands of teenaged periodical cicadas! These fascinating insects have been harmlessly feeding on tree roots for the past seventeen years....

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew occurs on many different flowers, woody ornamentals and trees. Several different genera of fungi cause powdery mildew. Although usually one genus specifically attacks...

Who are Our Pollinators?

Approximately three-quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Honeybees...

The Art of Container Gardening

Constructing a container garden isn’t about doing everything perfectly. In fact, there is no right way to create a container garden. It is more about...

Edible Landscapes: Herbs and Flowers

As people are forced to spend more time at home and existing concerns about the food supply chain grow, it is natural for homeowners to...