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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Spring: Plenty of Opportunities

 

The last week of April and the beginning of May were spring perfect. Next week, according to forecasts will be much the same and perhaps at least here, time to fire up the lawn mower. For some, a curse of the springtime are brilliant yellow flowers called dandelions. Their very appearance has some rushing to garden centers for killer sprays. But the lowly Dandelion is actually a very important wild flower.  More information, Dandelion.

For many, it is also vegetable garden time. Lettuce and many other salad greens, peas, potatoes, red beets can all be safely planted. These early spring crops can take a slight frost.

Many of the local farmers are glad to see the drier and warmer conditions, according to Ginny Shreve at the Erie-Crawford Co-op. April was a soggy month and it was next to impossible to get equipment in the fields for an early spring planting. On the plus side, the extra moisture will likely mean a good hay crop in about a month. The dry conditions last spring helped to create some local shortages of hay.

The woods are colorful with many native flowers blooming. Pictured above are some trout lilies which began to bloom last week at least in this neighborhood. The May Apples and the trilliums are also emerging; the leeks are perfect for digging.

As a reminder, be careful with outdoor fires. The fields and woods are dry and we have had some gusty and brisk southerly winds which are likely to continue.

 

On the Wild Side

Turkey season continues until May 31. Until May 11, the season begins at ½ hour before sunrise and ends at noon. Beginning on May 13, the legal hunting times are ½ hour before sunrise and ends at ½ hour after sunset. Only bearded birds can be harvested; the season limit is two while the daily limit is one bird.

The birds have been gobbling all week now.

It was also a great week for the tout anglers with near perfect weather conditions.

 

Canadohta Lake


 

Peggy Lloyd of Canadohta Lake died last week. She was one of the oldest members of the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA).

From Ann Begheim, the current president of the association: “She was a wonderful woman who had a very long history here at the lake. Her rentals have been visited by so many over the years and memories have been made with her presence here, year after year. Godspeed to our CLABA member and friend.”

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District


 

Brian Pilarcik of the Conservation District has been pretty busy lately. He has been directing and overseeing a lot of tree plantings. Also , doing much of the manual labor, have been 250 high school students from school throughout the region. For more information, Trees.

A special note from Lynn Sandieson : The joint Crawford/Mercer Envirothon will be at Pymatuning, Shelter #4 on May 8 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Here is what is happening at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center:

• “Dig It…Medicinal Herbs & Plants in our Backyard,” Monday, May 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College Professor of Global Health and Development, Liz Olson, and her students will show us what type of medicinal plants and herbs are available in this region of Pennsylvania. Learn how to identify, grow, and use some of these plants and herbs through fun hands-on activities! A learning experience for all ages — everyone will craft their own herbal remedy to take home!

• “Nature Pics Walk,” Tuesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a relaxing late afternoon spent enjoying and exploring the outdoors and shooting a few photos. All ages welcome! Dress for the weather. Note: This is not an instructional photography class.

• “Raised Beds Gardens at the Nature Center,” Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come ready to get your hands dirty! Join Maria Dreese to find out how the Woodcock Creek Nature Center’s Raised Bed Gardens got their start last year. Then help Maria and staff plant this year’s raised beds with vegetables and pollinators. Be involved in something you can watch grow this summer!

 

The events are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. It is simple, just call the nature center at 814.763. 5269

 

Goodell Gardens

The weather is great and Goodell Gardens is now open. For more information, Goodell.

Here re two upcoming events:

National Public Gardens Day, Friday, May 10
In celebration of National Public Gardens Day, we will be offering FREE ADMISSION on Friday, May 10 from 11 am to 5 pm. Stop by for a self-guided tour!  

Mother’s Day-FREE ADMISSION for Moms, Sunday, May 12
Treat mom to a stroll through our beautiful gardens on Sunday, May 12. We’re offering free admission for Moms from 11 am to 5 pm. Sorry dads and kids, you’ll still have to pay regular admission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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