Master Gardeners are ready for the Milford Music Festival

They're planning free composting demonstrations and a endangered plant sale

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— The Penn State Master Gardeners will hold composting demonstrations — with a chance to go home with a free compost bin, information about our pollinator garden and a native plant sale — all during the Milford Music Festival this weekend.

They'll have plants for sale that are rare or endangered species in Pennsylvania. They are organically grown, in plugs or bare root, and some are excellent for hard-to plant areas. They will also have plants grown in Gretel Walker's (Master Gardener and Milford Garden Club esteemed member) own greenhouse.

The Milford Music Festival starts Thursday night with a jam at the Waterwheel Cafe, and continues with a full schedule on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information see page 1 or visit

Romancing the birdsThe Master Gardeners sponsored four workshops this year in their “Ready, Set, Garden" series. At the final presentation at the Pike County Library on April 21, Master Gardener Volunteer Sheila Salmon brought gardeners and bird enthusiasts together to learn gardening techniques that will encourage birds to live in their backyards.

“It starts with native plants along with a succession of flowers, berries, nuts and seeds," Salmon explained.

Other basic bird needs include water, trees and bird boxes that provide shelter, and mud.

Another important component of a bird friendly environment is a somewhat messy garden, Salmon said. Leaves left until spring and a rotting log will provide habitat for the insects, which birds need to survive.

Participants were also treated to a presentation of the various types of birdhouses. Grosso made all of them from a collapsed shed near his home — fascinating to know that birds prefer a unique home for their needs.

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