July 11, 2016 |
There are nearly 5,000 school gardens across the United States, living lessons that sprout on rooftops and lawns, in greenhouses and classrooms. Of the 133 in Pennsylvania, one of the more fruitful flourishes in a former courtyard at Bucks County's Bristol Middle-High School, where 4,000 plants occupy 30,000 neatly-tended square feet. A small farm, really. In four years, the garden has grown to 21 raised beds, with an herb wall, a pond graced by a waterfall, a cistern, arbors, tree-shaded picnic benches, and a new vermiculture system in which worms turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost.
February 23, 1986 |
If Willard Horner Sr. and Willard Jr. can produce successful crops of eggplant on 15 acres, it seems illogical that my gardening partner and I can't manage to keep even six plants in good shape through the summer. When we started gardening 15 years ago, it was a breeze. We had eggplant coming out of our ears. We fried it and froze it until we never wanted to see it again. During the last few summers, however, the plants have looked wonderful until about the beginning of July.
April 23, 1987 |
Tomorrow is Arbor Day, and in the spirit of this annual celebration of tree planting, groups and municipalities are urging citizens to "green up" their communities. In the name of Arbor Day, tree enthusiasts will be selling seedlings. Their greatest hope, nature and man willing, is that the seedling sold today will be a lofty shade or fragrant flowering tree in years to come. "When you plant a tree today, you're really planting it for future generations," said Robert Montgomery Jr., chairman of the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council.
April 11, 1990 |
Across 10 snow-covered acres of the New Jersey Pine Barrens last weekend, 75 Brownies and bikers, Pioneers and students - all volunteers - dug into the drenched soil and planted 10,000 yellow pine seedlings that they hoped would become 70-foot trees. Eight Brownies from Eastampton's Troop 332 planted 500 of the foot-high, one-year-old seedlings. Three AT&T Pioneers, members of a service group of retired and veteran employees, teamed up to root more than 600 of the wispy, leggy seedlings.
April 8, 2013
Q: We have two cats, and I need some suggestions on how to get them to leave the houseplants alone. A: Give your cats their own plants and make yours harder to get to. That way you can both be happy. For your cat's chewing pleasure, always keep a pot of tender grass seedlings - rye, alfalfa and wheat - growing in a sunny spot. Parsley and thyme are herbs that many cats enjoy smelling and chewing, and both can be grown indoors. Catnip is a natural, but the herb is so appealing to some cats that they just won't leave it alone.
April 8, 1990 |
Although the 20th anniversary of Earth Day is not until April 22, the State Forestry Service isn't waiting until that time to celebrate. Begun two decades ago to make people more aware of the environment, Earth Day is frequently celebrated with local cleanup efforts. But in the Lebanon State Forest in Pemberton and Woodland Townships, Earth Day will be marked by planting trees - up to 200,000 of them. To get all those seedlings planted, state forestry officials are asking residents and groups to help them Saturday at the Lebanon site.
August 18, 1988 |
Early morning is the best time to hold teachers workshops because that's the time of day when teachers are best prepared to learn, some educators say. But what to do with the students while their teachers are in the classroom is often a headache for working parents. After studying the issue for some time, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District thinks it has found a scheduling solution: a child-care program called the Seedlings. "When we asked George (Slick, the superintendent)
May 31, 2014 |
Refresh houseplants. It's warm enough to move houseplants outdoors to the deck, patio or a bare spot in the garden. Even if you can only garden indoors, take time to check each plant to see what "refreshment" - repotting, fertilizing, pruning - is needed. If roots reach through drain holes, transplant to a container three to six inches larger in diameter. Add enough fresh potting soil in the bottom and sides, positioning the plant's soil surface to be at the same level as in the previous container.
June 13, 1993 |
When Alice Szarek showed up for a meeting with a basket full of pepper seedlings in late April, I figured I had to find out more about her gardening activities. "Our family," she said, "is mad about peppers. We use them fresh in salads, stuffed and fried, but most of all, we love to char them on the barbecue. I even freeze a whole lot so we can have them throughout the winter. " Szarek has been growing peppers in Bucks County with her husband, Bob, for several years, but this year things got out of control.