Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Magnificent Mums!

Chrysanthemums are lovely, semi-hardy perennials that bring color to the late summer garden.  Here are a few tips to help insure growing  success.  Plant early to establish good roots.  Plant garden mums in a spot where they get full sun, in peat moss, perlite, or organic matter (humus, leaf mold, manures will help to loosen it.)

Plant mums 24 inches apart or more.  You will be surprised at how much growth they put on 
the second year.  Keep moist throughout the fall so they do not suffer stress and can get well 
established before winter arrives.

At the holidays, cut the branches off your Christmas tree with you are done with it.  Lay them across the mums about two layers thick.  If you don’t have a tree, many tree lots will give you trees after the holidays free of charge.  A layer of straw can be used if it is not applied too 
heavily.  The idea is to keep the mums at an even, cold temperature.  Cold doesn’t usually kill mums, heaving from the frost does.  Leave your mums covered until mid March, or about when the crocus bloom.

In the spring after uncovering, trim back dead stems to the ground and feed the plants with a 
5-10-10 formula fertilizer.

To keep the small, compact bushy shape that typifies your mums the first year, cut them back
to a height of 8 inches until mid-July.  They grow quickly and you may have to cut them back 
several times through the season.  After mid-July, let the stems grow and form flower buds.  Without the “haircuts” your mums will still bloom.  They will be taller and may need support 
when in flower.

Mum plants can be divided every other year.  To divide, wait until early spring, dig up the clump and cut into sections.  Make each section at least 6x6 inches to be sure you have a good 
number of rooted stems.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Saturday, August 23rd 8am-12noon
Come visit with local rescues and find great gifts and treats for your best furry friend!

Brookline Lab Rescue
This organization works with people to place rescued labrador retrievers into good homes.  Come check out their dog items for sale!

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center, Inc.
"Adopt a cocker spaniel and make a friend for life."

Cavenaugh's Collars
Hand made creative dog collars, leashes, purses, coats, kitty toys and more!   Made in New Cumberland.

Nittany Greyhounds
A non-profit organization comprised of dozens of volunteers, has been working to place retired racing Greyhounds in loving homes for over a decade.  Visit us to learn more about how you can help these wonderful dogs.

This Dillsburg organization is a Galgo rescue.  This breed is closely related to the Greyhound and is being used to hunt hare in Spain.  Every year, up to 100,000 of these gentle animals are discarded in horrid ways.  

Harrisburg Kennel Club
This organization actively supports selective, responsible breeding of purebred dogs and dog fanciers.  They will be on hand to talk to people about their organization and will have some dogs to meet and greet.

Just For Dogs
Homemade Treats with Love Baked In.

Furry Friends
Non profit, all-volunteer animal adoption organization, offering second chances at lifetimes of love and happiness.

American Red Cross Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy Program for Eastern Cumberland, Duaphin and eastern Perry Counties.

501C3 Non profit animal rescue for all breeds.

10am - 12 noon
Bring your dog by for a refreshing bath! 
Your donations will benefit volunteer 
organizations participating in our 
Dog Days event.

* Spin "The Wheel Of Bow Wow" for 
     prizes every 1/2 hour!

*Dress Your Dog Contest & Pageant 
    (pageant will begin at 9:30am - dogs 
    will be judged for prizes) 

Hot Dog Special at our indoor Cafe - $2.00 Plain Hot Dog & Chips

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fun Facts About Hummingbirds

•  A hummingbird’s tongue is grooved
•  Hummingbirds take 150 breaths per minute
•  Hummingbird eggs are the size of a jellybean
•  Hummingbirds beat their wings up to 50 times per second
•  Hummingbirds can fly backwards
•  They often use moss in their nests
•  Female hummingbirds are more subtly colored and less flamboyant than the males
•  Put out hanging baskets to attract hummingbirds -- Geraniums are a great option

Nectar Sources
Plant native flowers, flowering shrubs and trees that produce nectar-rich blooms throughout the season. Red flowers will attract the most birds.  Avoid spraying for insects or spiders in the garden or around your home. Rely on hummingbirds and other insect-eating birds to provide natural pest control.  Use hummingbird feeders filled with a proper sugar solution to simulate natural nectar. Four parts water to one part sugar is closest to the sucrose levels of popular flowers.  Provide nearby perches for hummingbirds to defend their favorite feeding areas.  Many hummingbirds are extremely territorial, and they will use a perch as a lookout point for intruders.

How You Can Help
•  Keep your sugar-water feeder full
•  Offer more than one feeder
•  Keep your feeders clean
•  Plant nectar-rich flowers

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Why Are Pollinators

Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. In addition to the food we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, and support other life. 

These perennials will not only offer you a beautiful landscape, but entertainment as you watch honeybees gather nectar from bloom to bloom.
Plant these perennials for honeybees:

Anise Hyssop (Agastache)
Beard Tongue (Penstemon)
Beebalm (Monarda)
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
Catmint (Nepta)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Coneflowers (Echinacea)
False Indigo (Baptisia)
Gayfeather (Liatris)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)
Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Sage (Salvia)
Sneezeweed (Helenium)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Yarrow (Achillea)