Herb Gardening 101

More than 14 million households in the United States grow herbs—in vegetable and perennial gardens, in containers, or on windowsills. And with good reason! In...

Herb and Spice History

Before learning about the history of herbs and spices, it is necessary to define these terms. Herbs are the fresh and dried leaves generally of...

Ticks and Tickborne Disease: Tick Bite Prevention Tips to Reduce Your Risk

Many species of ticks occur in Pennsylvania. The most common are blacklegged (deer) ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and groundhog ticks. Ticks can...

Homemade Bug Spray Recipes for Your Skin, Home, and Yard

Not everyone is comfortable using synthetic chemicals and pesticides to ward off bugs. Many people are turning to natural, environmentally friendly remedies for repelling insects,...

Landscaping to Attract and Conserve Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects are those that consume or parasitize insect pests. They include wasps, flies, beetles, true bugs, thrips (who knew!), spiders and mites. The good...

Home Composting: A Guide for Home Gardeners

Compost is a term for organic matter that has decomposed into a form that plants can use. Compost can be used in potting mixes or...

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...

Using Companion Planting to Eliminate Need for Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides

Companion planting began as a simple way for Ancient civilizations to improve their crop harvests by planting two or more different plants next to or...

June Vegetable Gardening Tips

June is the gateway to Summer. With the solstice on June 20, we enter the most active and productive season of the year. That holds...

Beginning a Vegetable Garden

Have you resolved to start eating better? Growing your own food can be one of the best ways to achieve that goal. Your backyard can...

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...