Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vegetable Garden Quiz

True or False?
Plant tomato seeds indoors 5 to 7 weeks before last frost date.
Determinate tomatoes produce fruit in a batch and indeterminate tomatoes produce fruit continuously until frost.
Leggy tomato stems can be planted in a trench leaving the top of the plant above ground and they will grow roots along the stem.
Potatoes are actually underground stems.

Cucurbits include cucumbers, muskmelons, watermelons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, and gourds.

Beans are nitrogen fixing plants.

Blossom end rot on tomatoes is a calcium deficiency caused by anything that interferes with the supply of water during fruit development such as drought or long periods of heavy rain..

As you know, all of the above are true.
If you are planning your 2012 vegetable garden and want a refresher from Penn State College of Agriculture, check out the “Vegetable Gardening – Recommendations for home gardeners in Pennsylvania” here.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

2012 Spring Garden Shows & Classes

Before we know it spring gardening season will rush in.
There are a lot of local events to look forward to before the real gardening begins. Mark your calendar and be sure to join the fun.

Adventure in Agriculture
Feb. 10, 11,12,2012
Friday - 5-9pm, Saturday - 10am-9pm and Sunday - 11am-6pm
Palmer Park Mall
123 Palmer Park Mall
Easton, PA 18045
Phone: 610-258-6017
Some local exhibitors: Penn State Master Gardeners, Northampton County Farm Bureau, Becker Honey Farm, Smith Krekk Alpacas, 4H clubs and much more! Fun for kids and adults.

Valley Flower and Garden Show
March 2, 3 and 4, 2012 –
Ag Hall, Allentown Fairgrounds
302 North 17th Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Since 1973. Beautiful flowers and horticultural exhibits to make you feel that Spring is on it's way

Master Gardener Spring Garden Series – Brochure
”Vegetable Gardening: From the Ground Up."
(call 610-391-9840 for more information)
Classes to get ready and get in the mood for Spring.

in Northampton County at the Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem, PA. 18020
- March 14 “Plan Before You Plant” 6 p.m.; “Seeds and Transplants” 7:15 p.m.
- March 21 “Garden Maintenance: The Endurance Stretch” 6:00 p.m.; “Maximize Your Efforts” 7:15 p.m.

in the Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Room 104, Allentown,
PA 18104-5798
- March 22 “Plan Before YouPlant” 6:00 p.m.; “Seeds and Transplants” 7:15 p.m.
- March 29 “Garden Maintenance: The Endurance Stretch” 6:00 p.m.; “Maximize Your Efforts” 7:15 p.m.

Philadelphia International Flower Show – Islands of Aloha
March 4 – March 11, 2012
What can be better than gardens of Hawaii?

and for fall 2012 - Workshops for the Gardener: September 15, 2012, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Nazareth.
(Contact 610-391-9840) Save the date!