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Succulent plants, also known simply as succulents, are popular in the gardening realm. Succulents are often grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance, as well as their ability to thrive with relatively minimal care. There are hundreds of unique varieties for…

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If there is any bright side to this pandemic that has completely turned our lives upside down, it’s that gardening is one of the few allowed excuses for being outdoors right now.

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The Penn State Cooperative Extension offers a wide variety of services to the public, including horticultural help for the home gardener. Although the physical office at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg is closed due to the stay at home order, the extension is still open for business. Vis…

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April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970 — the same year President Richard Nixon, R, and Congress established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most successful arms of government — ever. Until the last several years the EPA oversaw four decades …

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In 2020 the Penn State Master Gardeners in Adams County are launching a new program about pollinators called Buzz, Blooms and Beyond. Throughout the year, the program will offer family-oriented and educational activities including seminars, demonstrations, art contests, bus trips, and other …

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This is a rough time for many of us, especially for those who like to be out among other people. But this could be a good time for looking at things more closely and for discovering things that have been in front of us all along. And as a gardener and an environmentalist, I see this as a tim…

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Good ground covers serve several uses for a gardener. Like mulch, ground covers shade the soil. This cools the plant roots in hot weather and also reduces watering needs. The ground covers reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the soil, thus greatly reducing germination of weed seeds. They a…