What I learned with the Integrated Pest Management Program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh

Hello! This thank you letter is a little summary of what I learned working as the IPM intern (and coordinator for a couple of months) at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. I hope this gets you thinking about your own integrated pest management options. I cannot express enough, how grateful I am to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for affording me the opportunity to work … Continue reading What I learned with the Integrated Pest Management Program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden in Pittsburgh

An easy way to root Tomato Cuttings!

So at our greenhouse we grow 50 different varieties of tomatoes. Slow turnover of plants leaves many sitting in the stock greenhouse for a longer than ideal period of time. Most of these plants will get thrown away, but some of the most popular varieties will be propagated and allowed to re-grow. Many growers in the southern states propagate, or cut back, their tomatoes during … Continue reading An easy way to root Tomato Cuttings!

Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas

For those of you that don’t know, parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and of course West Virginia are experiencing an invasion of the most derp-y insects you’ve ever seen. They are called the 17 year cicadas, living most of their life cycle underground and emerging by the thousands as adults (every 17 years 0f course). The WVU arboretum held a Magicicada festival, where the community … Continue reading Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas