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Do you still remember how hot it was for most of the summer — numerous days above 90 degrees! Not much rain during August. Finally it cooled down enough that it was bearable to be outside in the middle of the day.

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Ron Myers, nominated by the Biglerville Garden Club, received his certificate, identifying him as an Exceptional Horticulturalist at the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District IV Annual Board Meeting.

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Have you strolled about town recently? If so, you had an opportunity to enjoy the 46 lovely hanging baskets gracing Lincoln Square and the first blocks of the street that branch off the Square. These baskets, aside from adding beauty to our fair town, also bring a sense of peace, calm, and e…

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Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients. A hydroponic system for your home provides a garden that will thrive in any room, produce bigger and faster growing plants as well as better tasting produce.

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The Littlestown Area Garden Club held their annual picnic for members and guests on Aug. 26 at the Littlestown Community Park Pavilion. The group enjoyed fired chicken and picnic fare. Certificates and tools were awarded to members who have served as officer, committee chairmen, master garde…

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Have you ever wondered why some flowers, such as old fashioned roses, have a lovely fragrance and others, especially some of the newer hybrid roses, have no fragrance?

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Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients. A hydroponic system for your home provides a garden that will thrive in any room, produce bigger and faster growing plants as well as better tasting produce.

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Among the many plants you might consider adding to your garden is a native perennial herb that is one of my favorites — turtlehead. The plant is hardy, attractive, colorful, long blooming, and requires little maintenance.

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The Littlestown Area Garden Club held their annual picnic for members and guests on Aug. 26 at the Littlestown Community Park Pavilion. The group enjoyed fired chicken and picnic fare. Certificates and tools were awarded to members who have served as officer, committee chairmen, master garde…

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This fall is quite busy for the Master Gardeners. Each month is an exciting opportunity to learn something a little different about gardening. Here are a few new programs that I am excited to share them with you!

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Have you ever wondered why some flowers, such as old fashioned roses, have a lovely fragrance and others, especially some of the newer hybrid roses, have no fragrance?

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Recently, I came across some early blooming chrysanthemums for sale at a local garden center. Here was the first trickling of a tidal wave of vividly-colored chrysanthemums that will soon inundate greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers everywhere.

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The Garden of the Month committee previously selected one garden in a given month. However, on Belmont Road we found two neighboring gardens united by mutual horticultural interests, friendship, and grandparenthood.

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Tomatoes! Zucchinis! Beans! And sweating like crazy while picking them, watering them, and weeding around them! This is a busy time for vegetable gardeners.

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On the same hot and humid 90º day, the only action at Gettysburg College quarry pond was a duckling taking a refreshing swim under the watchful eye of mother Mallard. About the size of a rubber ducky, it still showed the reddish spot on its bill where the egg tooth had helped it crack out of…

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The magnificent Blad Eagle was breathing through its open bill while at the highest point of the imposing tower that stretches the crackling electric lines across Crooked Creek Rd. With each breath, a bird can regulate its body temperature. Many enjoy a splash or a soak in a creek or pond. S…

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County July 15-21.

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Penn State Master Gardeners will hold a Buzz, Blooms and Beyond Open House in the Trial Gardens at Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, celebrating the insects that pollenate our plants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7. See what plants attra…

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A stunning deep violet clematis set off by bright, low- growing yellow, pink, and red-orange flowers greets one at the front corner of this property. Beyond the clematis, down the neatly mowed side lawn, one sees a white hydrangea against green, rounded tall grass.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County July 8-14.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County July 1-7.

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RICKETTS — It’s not hard to notice the difference as you make your way into an old-growth forest, especially if you’re a routine visitor to Penn’s Woods.

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Cover crops, plants grown for the purpose of covering exposed soil and increasing soil fertility and organic matter, aren’t a new concept. They’ve been around for decades; and in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, they’re a tool to reduce nutrients and sediment that accompany stormwater runoff.

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With this column I mark five years of writing “Bird’s-Eye View” for South Mountain Audubon Society. Over these 60 months, I’ve hoped the local chapter has encouraged appreciation of the natural world around us and respect for Adams County ecosystems that birds and all nature depend upon – in…

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This year’s 99th South Mountain Fair has exhibiting opportunities for everyone. Visit the South Mountain Fair online at SouthMounatainFair.com for information about everything from entering animals to arts and crafts. Department 13 is for Vegetable entries and Department 17 is for Floral and…

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I used to wonder how a person could ever go to work in the garden to unwind. Pulling weeds just wasn’t on my list of things I particularly enjoyed. I don’t know what happened, but I repeatedly found myself ambling toward the garden during the past week after supper and breathing deeply. I felt my entire being relaxing as weeds were being removed and tomatoes staked.

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LUZERNE COUNTY — There are many fine waterfall hikes to take in northeastern Pennsylvania. Some require a high degree of skill and are difficult to reach, while others like Little Shickshinny Creek Falls are moderately challenging, yet just as rewarding, if not more so in the end.

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If you are looking for a striking perennial that requires minimal care, Baptisia fulfills that requirement. Baptisia, commonly known as false indigo, is a rugged native plant featuring tall spires of colorful vibrant blue blooms along with attractive blue-green foliage. The botanical name, B…

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Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease.

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(Metro) — Father’s Day presents an opportunity for people to honor the special men in their lives. These include not only dads, but father figures and other influential men who offer care and guidance to the people they love.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County May 20 to May 26.

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“The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows: Section 1. The firefly (Lampyridae) is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official insect of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Now that it seems summer is finally coming, it is not too early to start planning for the South Mountain Fair. Our world is becoming more normal, and with that we find that this year the South Mountain Fair is back.