Garden Shows & Events

I frequently publish a line up of spring gardening conferences but there are also some great fall events on tap for the backyard gardener or homesteader. For the past two years I have attended the Mother Earth News Fair that takes place in Seven Springs, PA and it has been a great event with a format […]


Thanks to everyone who read or commented on the recent post about the Troy-Bilt TB675 EC Trimmer. The review also featured a new grass trimmer giveaway and I am happy to share that the winner based on a selection by a random number generator is Amanda. Amanda lives in Oregon where she recently purchased a […]


I recently traveled to Arkansas to visit Moss Mountain Farm, the home of P Allen Smith and the set for his television shows that include the Garden Home and Garden to Table. A group of two dozen garden writers and eight business sponsors gathered together with P Allen and staff for a few days of […]


Mid-spring is a perfect time to explore the local plant sales, herb fairs, and even local nurseries to locate transplants for the backyard garden. It isn’t safe here in Central PA to set out frost sensitive plants just yet, but the frost-free date is quickly approaching. Even for those of us who like to raise […]

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It’s pretty bad that we can’t easily discern whether the foods we eat contain genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), but a battle is currently being waged in California that may help to change that. Proposition 37 is on the November ballot to decide whether food producers will be required to label the presence of GMO’s in […]


The weather was perfect for the opening day at the 2012 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. I was on hand to take in the sights, sit in on a few lectures, and interview some of the speakers. There was a nice crowd on hand and I expect that tomorrow will see an […]


This weekend marks the 25th Annual Herb and Garden Faire at the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, PA. After a week filled with rain and clouds it looks like we will have perfect weather to enjoy the faire and spend time outside in the garden. Here in the Zone 6 region of Pennsylvania, the middle […]


A few weeks ago I wrote about my trip northwest to visit Pennington Seed and to check out the green scene in the Portland Oregon area. I had a great time and this week I’ll share more details; beginning with the first stop at Pennington’s grass seed research, testing, and packaging facilities. Pennington is primarily […]

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Winter is far from over here in Central PA but it’s been a very mild season so far and January’s coming to a close with temperatures near sixty degrees! So it’s becoming a lot easier to think about springtime and getting back out into the vegetable garden again. I realize that these freak days of […]