December 12, 2011
Poinsettias were introduced into the United States almost 200 years ago by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. They were given the common name poinsettia in his honor. Over time, poinsettias have become the best-selling flowering potted plants in the U.S. They are tidy attractive plants with clusters of several colored leaves, or bracts. Bracts are typically red, pink or cream and are often mistaken as part of the flower. However, actual poinsettia flowers are small and yellowish green; they are located within the bract clusters.
October 12, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer GREENBRIER - Those squeamish about bugs that crawl in the dirt or buzz in the sky might be happy to know that many of the fears are unfounded. In fact, of the 64 different kinds of insects collected for a two-year project by "The Bug Patrol," a group of about 20 youths from the Frederick County 4-H Club, only 17 are known to bite or sting. Still, when asked how the children caught a menacing cicada-killing wasp, club advisor Michael Turell jokingly replied, "Very carefully.
November 1, 2011
For the last few days, many people, young and old, have been participating in Halloween-related activities. They dressed in costumes, attended parties and consumed candy. Some people even decorated their yards and homes for the festivities. Whether or not you celebrated the holiday, you might have unknowingly decorated for it if you have a peach tree in your yard. Go outside and take a peek. Do you have any brown shriveled seeds hanging from your tree or laying on the ground?
August 24, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Appalachian Nurseries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., has provided underwriting support for Renfrew Institute's farmstead program, "FourSquares: The Pennsylvania German Garden. " During the second-grade program, students are introduced to the four-square garden and its importance in the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans of the 1800s as a source of food and medicine. This past year, 1,282 area students attended the FourSquares program, experiencing seasonal garden tasks like those done by farm children of the 1800s.
August 15, 2006
The Western Maryland Research and Education Center will be hosting its second annual open house soon. The event, which is open to all, will be Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, at 18330 Keedysville Road. Admission is free. Those who come can learn "interesting agricultural facts while traveling through a corn maze, taking a tour of the research facility on a hay wagon and participating in many other interactive exhibits," said event co-chair Jeff Semler. "We will have pedal tractor races and a corn box (like a sandbox)
March 18, 2008
Recognizing the essential role of agriculture as one of Maryland's most important industries, Gov. Martin O'Malley, has proclaimed this week Maryland Agriculture Week. The Maryland Department of Agriculture will celebrate during its annual open house on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its headquarters at 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Visitors can see the department's insect collection, make slime in the state chemist's laboratory, enjoy a Maryland food and craft market, see live entertainment, demonstrate their hog calling skills, take in a petting farm, ride a pony and learn about the world of agriculture today through hands-on activities.
July 19, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If weather conditions permit, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be spraying to control adult mosquito populations tonight in Washington and Quincy townships. Samples taken from those areas by the Franklin County Penn State Cooperative Extension and the DEP have shown mosquito populations that can carry the West Nile virus. ATV-mounted spraying equipment will be used to apply Biomist 3+15, a pyrethrin product, for the treatment. The insecticide is applied in concentrations significantly below what someone would use spraying a commercial insect control product in their home, according to a DEP press release.
June 2, 1997
Ways to prevent Lyme disease Recognize that when walking outside there is a chance of being exposed to ticks. Try to avoid those areas, but if that is not possible, tuck pants into socks. Spray insect repellent with DEET onto clothes and any exposed areas of skin when hiking or doing any activity where ticks might be found. When arriving home after being outdoors it is important to look carefully all over your body. Check all clothes and areas where hair grows on the body.
March 19, 2013
Volunteers are needed Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to help with the spring cleanup at the Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area. The event is open to the public. Participants will meet at Woodmont and join a park ranger in gathering trash and debris from the region's scenic overlook. Trash bags and water will be provided, but staff recommend volunteers bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, clothes they can get dirty in, sunscreen, snacks and insect repellent. After the cleanup, participants will be treated to a short, guided hike around the area.
May 3, 2011
The University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center phone hot line and website provides free answers to gardening questions and access to hundreds of free garden publications. Specially trained master gardeners staff a toll-free hot line Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can ask a gardening question or get help diagnosing a garden problem by calling 1-800-342-2507. You may also submit questions electronically at www.hgic.umd.edu. Click on the "Send a Question — FAQ" tab on the left and follow the directions.