PSU Plow & Hearth

With spring soon on its way, The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County invite everyone to an Open House hosted by:

Plow & Hearth

Shoppes at Montage
2111 Shoppes Boulevard
Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507

Visit us on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 pm.

There will be plenty of free publications, the opportunity to talk with the Master Gardeners, and the ability to secure expert advice on:

  • Tree Care. Most of us think the trees around us don’t need anything, but they do. The information needed to keep your trees healthy will be offered.
  • Starting seeds. Our Master Gardeners will tell you how to grow good plants straight from the packet.
  • Container Gardening. Whether you have a small space or don’t want to spend a lot of time tending to a garden, you will learn how to have a beautiful garden by utilizing containers.
  • Get the dirt on soil. Great plants and good landscapes all start with the best soil.
  • Native and Invasive plants. Making the right choice for your landscape can be good for you and the environment.  You can learn what plants are best for your yard.

Also, you will get a chance to learn about composting from Barbara Giovagnoli of the Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability.  Special children’s activities, sponsored by Lackawanna County 4-H, will also be offered at the event.

For more information, contact Penn State Master Gardeners at 570-963-6842

or by e-mail at

Diabetics Can Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month. For people with diabetes, it is particularly important to take care of their heart because having diabetes means they are two times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is that people with diabetes can take steps to lower their chances of developing heart disease and other heart problems. Managing the ABCs of diabetes will help to reduce their risk.

*A for the A1C test. The A1C test shows what your blood sugar (glucose) has been over the last three months. High blood sugar levels can harm the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes.

*B for blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work too hard. It can cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.

*C for cholesterol. One kind of cholesterol, called LDL, can build up and clog blood vessels. It can cause heart attack or stroke.

The National Institute on Health’s National Diabetes Education Program also recommends following these tips to help to reduce the risk of heart disease:

*Maintain a healthy weight and stay active. Exercise is a very important aspect of diabetes management and heart disease prevention. Be active for 30 minutes or more each day. It’s okay to be active for 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day.

*Make healthy food choices. Eat foods that are high in fiber and with heart-healthy fats. Eat foods low in saturated and trans fats. Limit desserts such as cookies and ice cream to only 1 or 2 times a week. Do not add salt to food.

*Stop smoking. Ask for help or call 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

If you are interested in learning more about managing type II diabetes, then enroll in Penn State Extension’s Dining with Diabetes Program. Classes will provide nutrition education, daily meal plans, interactive cooking demonstrations, food sampling and an opportunity to connect with others who are living with type II diabetes.

Two, four-week programs will be held – one on Mondays beginning March 9, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. with a follow-up class on June 1 at the North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John J. Michaels Drive, Covington Township; and one on Fridays beginning April 10 from 10 a.m. – noon with a follow-up class on July 10 at the South Side Senior Center, 425 Alder Street, Scranton.

The cost of the program is $40 per person or $55 for two family members living in the same household. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive free registration and scholarships are available.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842, email, or visit and click on Lackawanna County.

Master Gardener Training

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lackawanna County will be offering the Master Gardener Training Program for the spring. This program involves extensive training in the major aspects of home horticulture. In addition, candidates will commit to fifty hours of volunteer time, including staffing the garden helpline. The training will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning March 3.

For more information or an application, please call 570-963-6842 or email: