Thursday, April 16, 2015

Timely Garden Tips for Spring 2015

Photo © Jenny Pansing
  • Now is the time to test garden soil for plant nutrient needs. Call Penn State Extension’s Horticulture Hotline for information about how to soil-test:  215-345-3283.
  • Mulch garden beds before most weeds start growing.  Apply 1-3 inches of mulch after watering and weeding anything that’s already there, being sure to keep mulch away from plant stems and woody tissue.
  • In May, remove the dead flowers from spring bulb plants.  Leave the foliage in place while it’s green so the bulb can store energy for next spring. When the foliage turns yellow, it can be removed.
  • Even though many “big box” stores are selling summer vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplants, it’s not safe to plant them outside until May 15 in Bucks County.  Watch the weather reports for late frost and adjust your planting schedule accordingly.
  • Remember to “harden off” any flower or vegetable seedlings that were started indoors in March or April before they’re planted outdoors.  Plants need a slow transition time from a controlled indoor climate to the great outdoors; this helps them develop strong cell structure to survive the elements. Gradually introduce them to the outdoors in a sheltered area away from direct sun and wind, being careful they don’t dry out:  one hour the first day, then add one hour each day for the next seven days.   At this time they should be ready for planting. 
  • Continue spraying fruit trees according to spray schedule.  Do not spray when they are blooming.
  • For lawns, apply pre-emergent crabgrass control through the end of April.  Fertilize now through the end of May.
  • Spring-blooming (June or before) shrubs may be pruned - if needed - after the blooms fade.
  • Chrysanthemums can be “pinched” for fullness until the end of June.
  • After blooming, peonies should be deadheaded.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs late April through mid-May.
  • Remove the protective winter mulch around roses carefully, pruning away dead or diseased canes. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tomorrow Night! Master Gardener Composting Presentation

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Creating Compost - Garden Gold!
Turn your yard waste and kitchen scraps into valuable organic matter that will help your garden flourish! Master Gardener Donna DiMella teaches you the fine art of home composting.

 $5 includes handouts and light refreshments. Pay at the door. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Class is held at:
Penn State Extension Bucks County
Neshaminy Manor Center - Health Building Auditorium
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

Questions? Email: or call 215-345-3283

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Master Gardener Plant Sale - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mark your calendar!

Bucks County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 2, 2015

All proceeds support the Penn State Master Gardener Program of Bucks County

8:30am - 1:00pm
This is a rain or shine event.

Neshaminy Manor Center - Health Building
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
(Corner of Route 611 & Almshouse Road)

  • Unusual perennials, annuals & woodies
  • Native plants
  • Pollinator plants
  • Large selection of veggies & herbs, including heirloom varieties!
  • Pond plants
  • Butterfly garden plants
  • Shade plants
  • Deer-resistant plants
  • Container garden plants
  • House plants
  • Hanging baskets - perfect Mother's Day gift!
  • Master Gardeners' own donated plants!

Bring your wagon or cart.  Cash & checks accepted.

40+ Bucks County Master Gardeners on-hand to answer your home gardening questions!
More info:  215-345-3283 or