June 9, 2007
Tiny red bugs are crawling on my window sill. When I wipe them up, they smush red. Now what? Clover mites often show up in spring in buildings and homes until the natural checks and balances of predator insects in a healthy landscape keep their numbers under control. This year, their numbers seem to be up generally. They do not warrant pesticides. You can tape around the window until they disappear. Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and David Clement is the regional specialist.
October 20, 2007
Goldenrod `Fireworks'(Solidago rugosa `Fireworks') True to its name, `Fireworks' seems to explode sprays of bright-yellow flowers. This takes place over a long period in autumn. At 3 feet to 4 feet in height, the plant stays more compact and flowers more heavily than the wild species. Sometimes mistaken for ragweed and blamed for allergies, this native perennial is actually highly beneficial. It provides nectar for bees and migrating butterflies in fall. In winter, its seeds feed juncos, finches and other birds.
July 9, 1991
The Maryland Cooperative Extension Service's program are open to allcitizens without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, religion, ageor national origin.They offer classes, workshops, seminars, and other programs to improve the quality of life, health and the environment. The service also supports research in a variety of areas, including computer-assisted nutrient management, the development of geographic information systems for resource management, pollution reductionthrough computer modeling, pesticide safety equipment, and computer control of water quality in aquaculture.
September 20, 2008
The man who removed our tree stump said to put down lime and not plant grass seed until next year. Is that right? We want to plant now. Early fall is the best time to plant grass. However, you may want to wait. If the stump was alive, the fresh "green" sawdust and chips mixed in the soil can release compounds toxic to new grass. Aging will dissipate the compounds. Also, as sawdust decomposes, it uses nitrogen, robbing grass seedlings of the nitrogen they need. You could mix some nitrogen fertilizer into the soil or replace the top few inches of soil with other topsoil to help overcome these obstacles.
September 5, 2004
Pasture walk to be held at Mare's Reach Farm The Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a pasture walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mare's Reach Farm in Mount Airy. Snacks will be available at 9:30 a.m. Participants will be given a walking tour of the farm, focusing on the challenges, activities and outcomes at Mare's Reach. Ben Turner and Tara Santmire set up their small horse operation on land that had slopes, erosion, wet soils and weeds. They will discuss how they handled those challenges and have adapted to keep five horses on four acres of their farm.
December 23, 2001
USDA names head of service agency at its Maryland office The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Steven A. Connelly Maryland state executive for the Farm Service Agency. Connelly has been involved in agriculture for the past 20 years, holding positions with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Farm Bureau and USDA's Agricultural Research Center. He was most recently executive director at Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Inc. A dairy farmer, Connelly holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural and resource economics.