Joseph Priestley House to celebrate nature, preservation at Herb & Native Plant Faire | Applause

NORTHUMBERLAND — Celebrate nature’s wonders at the upcoming Herb & Native Plant Faire, set for this Saturday at the historic Joseph Priestley House.

Murrie Zlotziver, operations manager, said the event was held for the first time last year and drew about 200 people. He’s hoping for an even better turnout this year.

“There will be all types of plants available,” said Zlotziver.

The museum itself will be selling plants and seeds from the Heirloom Seed Project.

According to landisvalleymuseum.org, the Heirloom Seed Project was established 35 years ago, and focuses on the preservation of heirloom varieties of vegetables grown throughout the Pennsylvania Dutch region since the 18th century. They are committed to preserving seeds donated by individuals whose families passed them from generation to generation.

“The seeds were developed in 1700s and 1800s,” said Zlotziver.

Vendors who will be on hand this year includes Sincerely Sarah Jewelry, Hackenberg Apiaries (selling honey), C&K Unique Creations, Backyard Forest, Patti’s Fairy Gardens, Joyce’s Baskets & Country Crafts, Pier 147 and Furry Ninja Crafts.

“There is a variety of vendors,” he said. “There are some new ones this year and a couple returning vendors.”

Zlotziver said while some will be selling plants, they’ve also tried to recruit some vendors that also fit into the theme. For example, the jewelry will be nature-themed and C&K will have items like wind chimes.

“We have Castle Creek Farm, which is a lavender farm that sells all kinds of products, we are really looking forward to them being with us this year,” he said.

Lewisburg Sunset Rotary will be on hand to do children’s activities, and master gardeners from both Northumberland and Montour counties will be on site as well.

“There will be workshops open to anyone in the afternoon,” said Zlotziver.

Activities through Remake Learning Days

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Garden tours, plants sales and more ways to spend time among flowers

One of the loveliest ways to ease yourself fully out of the post-winter blahs and into springtime is to quit being a wallflower and instead surround yourself with living, blooming plants.

From botanical gardens to plant sales and garden tours, it’s time to make like the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” and while away the hours, conferring with flowers.

The waterfall at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Photo by Tory Paxson, Courtesy of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay is open for the season, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maine Days are May 31 to June 2, when anyone with a Maine driver’s license or state ID gets in for free. Ditto for dads/father figures on Father’s Day (June 16). Advance registration is required. With more than 300 acres of gardens and natural spaces, including a waterfall, there will be plenty to see, smell and bask in the scenery.

A tour group walks on the boardwalk at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Viles Arboretum is a botanical garden in Augusta with 6 miles of trails and more than 20 botanical collections. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset, and admission is free. There are 224 acres with all sorts of flora and fauna to discover. Leashed dogs are welcome, and the visitor center is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Viles Arboretum offers medicinal plant walks, and although the May 18 session is full, you can still register for the June 15 and Sept. 14 events, lead by herbalist, homeopath and flower essence practitioner Debra Bluth. Tickets are $25.

The Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve has four areas to explore on its property in Northeast Harbor: the Asticou Azelea Garden (dawn to dusk

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Watering Your House Foundation to Prevent Damage

Protecting your home’s foundation is one of the most critical parts of home ownership. When the soil around your house dries out and cracks during the hottest summer months, foundation damage can sometimes follow. To prevent that problem, many homeowners turn to watering their foundations. While adding water to the soil sounds like a good idea in theory, does watering your foundation actually help? If you implement a consistent system, it just might be a way to save on costly repairs in the future.

Watering Your House Foundation to Prevent Damage

Why Dry Soil is a Problem for Your Foundation

Why have homeowners in Texas heard about watering your foundation, but many others across the country never have? Much of the reason comes down to the soil and weather in our area. With long periods of hot, dry weather and soil composition that doesn’t help retain moisture, your home’s foundation can be in danger.

Soil in North Texas

The AgriLife Research Extension Program at Texas A&M University explains how dry conditions affect your home’s foundation. The clay soil across the state does not respond well to extended dry spells. Because clay does not retain or evenly distribute moisture, when the hot sun bakes the soil around your home, the ground develops deep cracks and can shift large areas of soil. The ground can sink and shift, causing potential uneven patches under your foundation.

Foundation Concerns You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’ve noticed dry soil around your foundation or cracks that appear in the summer heat, make sure to check the interior and exterior of your home for any signs of foundation damage. Some of the most common issues that could point to a foundation problem are:

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Barton Springs Nursery Offers Tips On Tropical Plants

With good rain and the heat turning up, early summer in Texas is a perfect time for tropical plants. Zander Caruso, Plant Pro at Barton Springs Nursery, joined Studio 512 with tips on caring for them, whether they’re inside or outside the house.

Zander’s Tips:

“Heat equals more flushes of growth from our tropical to subtropical plants.

  • Examples: Pride of Barbados, Citrus, Palms, Cannas, Hibiscus, Alocasias and Colacasias, etc.
  • When the soil temperatures reach 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, they begin to wake up.

“House plants also enjoy the warmer weather and higher humidity.

  • Most houseplants come from rainforests across the world close to or on the equator.
  • I personally grow my houseplants on my covered patio in full shade. You will have to water more frequently because of evaporation, but also the plants metabolize much quicker.

“How you fertilize tropicals depends on where they are.

  • Use all-purpose fertilizers for tropicals in the ground, and liquid fertilizer for houseplants.
  • Bring the plants back inside for winter when temperatures drop into the 40-50 degree range.

“Barton Springs Nursery is a design-forward garden center specializes in native plants and makes education a priority. Our knowledgeable staff can help pick out plants that will survive even in our drought-loving climate, what will thrive best, when to plant, how to care with water restrictions in mind, and more. We uniquely offer garden design services for anything from a front flower bed to a full backyard redesign, and we have a ‘Genus Bar’ onsite to diagnose even the trickiest issues.

“Check out our website for upcoming events from yoga retreats and educational talks. The nursery also hosts large scale events onsite from weddings to wine dinners!”

Even if you never intend to flex your green thumb, Zander says that the nursery is still worth a

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Feds want to seize alleged marijuana grow house in Corinna

The federal government took steps to seize a house where there was allegedly a large-scale marijuana grow, less than a week after a top federal prosecutor promised to continue the crackdown.

A house at 9 St. Albans Road in Corinna should be forfeited to the federal government because it was used during drug trafficking crimes, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Bangor on Thursday.

On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee said there may still be about 100 illegal marijuana grow operations across the state after more than 40 have been shut down in recent months.

More than 3,770 marijuana plants were discovered in rooms throughout the Corinna house when the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in February.

There was an extensive watering system set up throughout the house, along with exposed electrical wiring to accommodate the power needs, according to the complaint. Electricity bills from Central Maine Power for the two-story house cost up to $11,719 a month.

At its peak, the property used 44,331 kilowatt hours in July 2023, the complaint said. The average household uses 875 kilowatt hours per month.

The government is not asking the court to give it the authority to seize property at this time. It wants permission to enter the property to inventory and inspect. It will also post a notice of the action and serve anyone who can claim the property, according to the complaint.

Since the beginning of the year, police have busted a number of large growing operations found all over rural Maine. Grow houses have been found in Guilford and Sangerville in Piscataquis County; Corinna, Eddington and Passadumkeag in Penobscot County; Turner in Androscoggin County; Cornville, Harmony, Madison, Mercer, Norridgewock, Ripley and Skowhegan in Somerset County; Jay in Franklin County;

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Abraxas High School students hold Open House Plant and Salsa Sale fundraiser

Abraxas High School students will be giving tours of their campus garden at the Abraxas Garden Open House Plant and Homemade Salsa Sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 11.

The school holds an open house every year in the spring and fall to raise money for the school’s gardening and culinary arts programs. This year’s spring open house is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the high school, 12450 Glen Oak Road off Pomerado Road in Poway.

In addition to touring the garden, visitors can purchase fresh produce and spring plants such as tomatoes and peppers along with herbs and succulents, said Bob Lutticken, biology and agriculture teacher at Abraxas High.

Culinary arts students led by culinary teacher Courtney Merritt will also sell salsa made by students.

“We donate 80 percent of all of our food to needy families,” Lutticken of the produce grown in the garden since 2016. “We’ve just gone over the 25,000-pound mark for food donated to families in our community.”

Produce and plants will be sold along with artwork and salsa at Abraxas High’s garden open house.

(Courtesy Bob Lutticken)

Half of the garden uses the aquaponics method of growing produce, Lutticken said. With this type of aquaculture system, waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients to plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purifies the water.

So some of the money being raised at the event will be used to pay for fish food, the ag teacher said. A portion will also be used to buy seeds and soil along with purchasing items to support the culinary programs.

Adult special needs students ages 18 to 22 years old enrolled in the school’s Transition Program are integrated into the gardening and culinary activities, Lutticken said. Among other things, they bring coffee grounds from local restaurants

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State to audit House Bill 6 coal-plant subsidies permitted from 2021 to 2023

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is looking for auditors to go through the books of several coal-plant invested electric companies.

They’ll check to see if the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies the companies collected from Ohio electric customers from 2021 to 2023 were justified.

Auditors can submit proposals to the PUCO until June 3. PUCO opened the request for auditors on Wednesday.

The subsidies were paid to three Ohio companies that own a share in the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation: AEP Ohio, also known as Ohio Power Company, Ohio-based affiliates of Duke Energy from Charlotte, North Carolina and AES Energy of Arlington, Virginia. AEP has the largest share at 40%.

The companies share in the expenses and profits produced by the two plants, but profits have been down.

Electricity customers in Ohio, no matter who they get their electricity from, have paid $500 million to subsidize losses at the coal plants since 2020. That amount is expected to hit $1 billion by 2030.

The subsidies were created by House Bill 6, and were left in place while other parts of the bill were repealed, after it was revealed the legislation was passed with the aid of bribery.

When an auditor looked at the more than $100 million in subsidies the companies collected in 2020, consumer advocates argued to the PUCO that the companies ran the coal plants at a loss, instead of paying attention to market demands. Advocates asserted that subsidizing the plants doesn’t help Ohio rate payers, because the companies don’t sell the electricity to Ohio customers, but to the grid.

Advocates are asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to force the companies to return money to customers. The commission hasn’t made a decision.

Two Democratic lawmakers have a bill that would end the

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Longtime Bemidji greenhouse Perkins Plants is blooming for its final season

BEMIDJI — Perkins Plants, the longest continuously running greenhouse in Bemidji, opened for its final season this week.

Dorothy Carpenter, who has operated the business at 1327 Roosevelt Road SE for 34 years, said she will miss her many loyal customers. But “it’s time,” she added. “It’s just been long enough. I’m getting tired.”

Newlyweds Orville and Margaret Perkins moved to Bemidji and started the business in 1941, later passing it on to their niece and nephew. When Dorothy and her husband Steve Carpenter became the third owners of the greenhouse in 1990, they got permission to keep the Perkins name.

“Apparently it was the first greenhouse in Bemidji,” Dorothy said. “So it had some history. I have some customers who say, ‘Why don’t you just change it to Dorothy’s Place?’”

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Dorothy Carpenter’s greenhouse has thrived for 34 years despite growing competition from garden centers and big box stores.

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It might as well be Dorothy’s Place because growing and selling plants has been her life since before she was married. She grew up in Montana but had trouble finding a job there. So she moved to Alaska and was hired at a large greenhouse, first managing the cashiers, and later getting her hands in the dirt.

“My boss there taught me a lot of things,” she said.

That’s also where she met Steve, who was born in Bemidji and whose family moved to Alaska when he was a toddler. Steve and Dorothy had their three children while living in Anchorage. They moved to Bemidji in 1990 to be closer to Steve’s ailing mother.

Dorothy said they were looking to buy a greenhouse here, and Perkins Plants happened to be for sale at the time. But the adjoining house was not on the market.

“So we

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Joel’s Greenhouse prepares for spring open house

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –Spring is in full bloom around the city and so are local greenhouses. Joel’s Greenhouse in Pine Island is getting ready for its fifty-third annual spring open house. Owner and founder of Joel’s Greenhouse, Joel Flemke, said they started preparations back in February.

“We work very hard to bring all of this in and coordinate it, so it looks good for this weekend,” he said. “We started growing on February 19th, that’s when my crew comes back to work,” Flemke said.

On the property there are 10 greenhouses
On the property there are 10 greenhouses(KTTC)

Each crew member has worked 40 hours each week to make this weekend a possibility. The crew originally started their preparations before mid-February.

“We order plants the summer before for the next year and order supplies in the fall,” Flemke said. “And get a lot of it in before winter sets in,” he said.

This allows the crew to assess the quality of plants that they order and ensure they will not have any shortages when the next season rolls around. However, this winter and transitioning to spring brought ideal conditions for the team.

“The winter has been very kind to us, a lot of sunshine, then we can ventilate and keep things drier,” he said. “The sunshine is good and it warms up the houses and we don’t have to spend money on fuel in the daytime,” Flemke said.

When temperatures drop during the overnight hours, propane tanks are lit up and heaters are turned on to keep the plants thriving. Greenhouses are not known to store heat after the daytime.

“So, we use thousands of gallons of propane in a season to keep our plants looking nice,” he said. “And they have to be grown at a certain temperature,” Flemke said.

The ideal temperature the

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It’s open house for plants and information at Leon County Extension

“You should reach out to the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office.”

“I bet the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office could help you with that question!”

“Ooooh, great question! Have you reached out to the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office?”

A Chinese fringe tree in bloom at the entrance to the Leon County Extension Office Demonstration Garden.A Chinese fringe tree in bloom at the entrance to the Leon County Extension Office Demonstration Garden.

A Chinese fringe tree in bloom at the entrance to the Leon County Extension Office Demonstration Garden.

I had heard statements like these so many times before I ever took the step to interact with the UF/IFAS Extension Office. I can certainly get in my own way when it comes to details and things I don’t know about.

Questions like where the office was located, if I could simply stop in, or if my questions were going to be so elementary that I would feel silly for having asked held me back.

For your reference: 615 Paul Russell Road, near the fairgrounds; Yes, they are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., although a quick call ahead ensures they’re available and not out on an event or field visit; And absolutely not! They’re happy to help!

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The UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office will have its open house and plant sale on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

The first thing I did with the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office was take an online class on Florida-Friendly Landscaping. I was drawn to it because it was online, inexpensive, and covered a topic I was interested in – so it seemed like a safe entry point to learn more about them. I enjoyed the class, and they even mentioned that we could drop by and ask questions in person.

Maybe you’re like I was, and you’ve heard of the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office but have never visited. On May 11,

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