Centre County, Pennsylvania

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Help! Yellowing Leaves!!

Hi. I am square foot gardening with two plots. I was late putting my plants in this year and did not make my usual soil amendment mix. I just threw in some bagged organic potting soil and Nature's Care Organic "Really Good Compost" from the Home Depot. I must have been out of my mind when I purchased these without first reviewing them. I am an organic gardener, and other reviewers on the HD site have found inorganic materials and suspect that it is half cooked and not organic. It is not certified but I wasn't sure if these products would be. Other reviewers have had the same problems with leaf yellowing of previously healthy plants. I fear I have also contaminated my old soil which I had carefully tended over the last four years with blended amendments and I was more sure about. So both beds exhibit yellowing leaves, and pea seedlings are not sprouting (I know they are not season appropriate but my kid wanted to try). I fear they are all dying. Horrible! Anyone else had this problem? Any advice? I don't know if they will make it another week.. Heartbroken and foolish, Leisha

Centre County PA over 4 years ago

Sorghum milling

Looking for someone who knows about sorghum pressing/milling, like sugar cane. Contact info would be appreciated.

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Centre County PA sorghum over 5 years ago

Infestation

We have an infestation of our forsythia and black eyed susan plants and I am trying to determine the insect and figure out a treatment, before it gets too bad. I think it could be white flies. Would you please give me your opinion, if you can from the photos, and suggested treatments? We had this last year and thinking it was white flies, used neem oil, without much success. I'm wondering if they are in the soil and if we should replace the plants with something that white flies don't like. Or do that like all plants?

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Centre County PA over 2 years ago

Variable annuity pros and cons

What are the pros and cons of a variable annuity for someone 65 years old who may retire in two to five years? When I last checked about 15 years ago, these had a bad reputation, but what's the truth today?

Thank you.

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Centre County PA personal finance retirement planning about 5 years ago

Oak Wilt

I work for Ferguson Township in Centre County. We are looking to educate residents regarding oak wilt. I was wondering if your office had any pictures of what oak wilt looked like that we could use to pass along to residents. Thank you for your time!

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Centre County PA over 6 years ago

canna lilies

Your article on canna lilies (from the Adams Co. office) mentions nothing about keeping the lilies potted. Is it OK to just cut them back and put the large pot in a dark cool place?

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Centre County PA lilies horticulture about 5 years ago

Milky Spore Disease--where to obtain economically? locally?

Hi. My neighbors and I in Coburn, PA Centre County want to apply MILKY SPORE DISEASE to our lawns to help control Japanese beetles. Do you know of a good source for this locally? Also a reliable and economical source--even if "on-line"? Any tips on when and how to apply it? Thanks so much!

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Centre County PA integrated pest management insect issues urban integrated pest management horticulture over 5 years ago

source of poultry manure (2-3 bushels), composted or uncomposted, for my home garden

This exchange of e-mails between me and PSU's Phillip Clauer earlier today (displayed below) describes this matter. Start at the bottom with my initial message and scroll upward to the most recent message from Mr. Clauer. If anybody else at the extension can help, I'd appreciate it. Any suggestions are welcome. _ _ _ _ _ The Poultry center is a Bio-secure area and does not allow people to access. Also, it has been policy to not set a residence allowing this type of activity. Sorry, PJC Phillip J. Clauer Senior Instructor Poultry Science Club Advisor 4-H Youth and Specialty Poultry Extension Department of Animal Science 213 Henning Building University Park, PA 16802-3501 814-863-8960 (office) 814-865-5691 (fax) pclauer@psu.edu From: Phil & Marty Edmunds [mailto:phedmunds40@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, August 11, 2017 12:41 PM To: Phillip Clauer Subject: Re: poultry manure for my garden I appreciate your prompt reply. Yes, I’m aware that poultry manure is a “hot” nutrient. The analyses I’ve seen on line indicate it’s got about 3 times the nitrogen content of other animal manures. Nevertheless, I’d like to try it with my garlic. I intend to mix the manure with the soil a few weeks before planting the garlic cloves in late October. Would it be feasible for me to get the 2 to 3 bushels before it’s taken to the composting center, on a “buyer beware” basis. Given what I know about uncomposted poultry manure, it would be silly for anybody to suggest PSU is at fault for any damage the manure might cause to my garlic seed. Alternatively, would it be feasible for me to get the composted material from the composting center? I’m willing to pay a moderate amount for it even though Ms. Houck at the dairy barn charged nothing last fall for the stable litter. Phil Edmunds On Aug 11, 2017, at 10:42 AM, Phillip Clauer

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Centre County PA poultry fertilizer for garden over 2 years ago

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