On Saturday, September 21, 2013, join Penn State Extension Educators and Master Gardeners for an informative morning of fall gardening topics at Fall Garden Day, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Cumberland County Extension office, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle. The registration fee is only $10.00 and includes handouts. Please register by September 19, as class size is limited, by calling 717-240-6500.
Are you interested in growing blueberries in your garden? Soil preparation before planting is critical for successful blueberries, and fall is a good time to get started. Extension Educator Steve Bogash will show you how to adjust soil pH and fertilize blueberries, and tell you the best varieties of blueberries for this area.
Other fall gardening topics this morning are getting your garden ready for spring; selecting the best native trees for fall color; and adding color to your spring garden by planting crocus, daffodil, tulip, and hyacinth bulbs in the fall.
The 4-H Horse and Pony Club Cloverbuds will also be on hand from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for their “Black Gold” fundraiser. Purchase 5-gallon buckets of “black gold” – aged horse manure – for a $5.00 donation. Autumn is a great time to work on improving your garden for next spring, and adding organic matter is a good start to soil improvement. Proceeds benefit the Cloverbuds, youngsters ages 5-8, who are raising funds for educational activities.