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Pollinator Educator

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Heather Holm and her husband were exploring Denmark, and as he delved into his family tree, the understanding spouse also knew he’d be spending time with flowers … as Holm’s passion for pollinators transcends international boundaries and vacation time. “I’m always interested in reading landscapes,” she says of the trip. “I was out looking for […]

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Healthier hacks for your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

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Fall is the season for swopping swim suits for sweaters and popsicles for PSLs. Yes, another Pumpkin Spice Latte season has arrived. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of PSL goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories […]

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Ask the Gardener: Plant ID, knotweed, tree selection and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Ask the Gardener: Magnolia tree, cactus care, avocado tree and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Hocking Hills worth a visit around the crowds

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“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong…” That’s an old tune from Sesame Street. It teaches children to identify differences in colors and sizes and shapes. It’s not the theme song of Hocking Hills State Park. But it could be. The park – a heartthrob of a […]

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Sunday hunting push faces obstacles in PA

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Hunters seeking the chance to pursue deer or other game on Sundays in Pennsylvania have a fight on their hands. And it’s one they’ll apparently have to wage with kid gloves. State lawmakers – either surprisingly politer or thin-skinned – made that clear this past week. The House of Representatives game and fisheries committee held […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for baked dove

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Erratic shiner Company: LIVETARGET Lures (https://livetargetlures.com/) Lure type: Spoon Sizes and colors: Available in four sizes – ¼-, 3/8-. ½- and ¾-ounces – in 10 colors, including gold/black, silver/blue, gold/green, glow/black and glow/pearl. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern […]

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Boating accidents, a look at how, when and why they occur

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It’s a new way to fight an age-old problem. Sometimes, people drink alcohol when out boating. And, as a result, some of them die. But there are new tools out there for detecting who’s had too much. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics report. It looks at boating accidents nationwide, […]

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How to pick the best butternut squash

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Fall has finally arrived and winter squash are stocked on the shelves — acorn, spaghetti, and of course, butternut. Butternut squash is a must-have fall vegetable that dates back nearly 10,000 years ago. It’s true! Archaeological evidence suggests that squash was first cultivated in what is now known as the Central America. Squash was one of […]

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Football whoopie pies are a total touchdown for game day desserts

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Football season is officially underway, so bring on the weekly goodies! These football-shaped whoopie pies will score points for being delicious as well as adorable. They’ll be the MVP of your tailgating table. Note: If you’re making these in the off season, or if you’re short on time, you can, of course, make this recipe […]

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Planting a Tree the Right Way

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There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.” Fall is the best time to plant trees as the temperatures and day length are conducive to root growth instead of top growth. They can be planted in the spring, but the […]

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Fall Tree and Shrub Planting

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While walking through Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, horticulturist Richard Liberto pulled me aside to passionately describe the story he hoped I’d tell. He runs Liberto Designs and works at Best Feeds Garden Center’s Babcock Boulevard location in Ross. After seeing a year of landslides, sinkholes and an early season of neverending rain, he wants […]

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Why do we give apples to teachers?

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These days, it’s more likely for a teacher to be seen with an Apple iPad on her desk than a Golden Delicious. But it wasn’t that long ago that giving a crisp, shiny apple to a teacher on the first day of school was common practice. But where did this tasty tradition start? The true […]

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Why do sliced apples turn brown?

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You’re happily slicing up some apples for a fresh fall salad (Yay! It’s fall!), when you get distracted by someone knocking at the door. You come back 30 minutes later to discover that beautiful, crisp apple is now sad, brown and totally unappetizing. What causes this to happen? What sorcery is it that steal away […]

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Pumpkin and sage stuffed shells

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The best thing about fall? The food, OF COURSE! While summer is the season for fresh fruit and farmers markets, fall is time for casseroles, crock pots, and delicious comfort foods. Which takes me to my latest recipe… We had two days of fall-like weather last week and already I’m inspired to break out the […]

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Zoo Horticulturist Retires

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Every gardener wants a state of the art greenhouse, but not everyone is going to need that’s 18 feet tall. Frank Pizzi, curator of horticulture and grounds at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium explains what this new building replaces. “The last greenhouse was a fabricated thing from a kit and a lean too that […]

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Pymatuning Lake walleyes still abundant, maybe easier to catch

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Maybe nature is balancing itself out at Pymatuning Lake. Anglers can’t be blamed for hoping so. For years, biologists with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have talked about how many walleyes swim in the 17,088 acre lake in Crawford County. .It’s the centerpiece of Pymatuning State Park, on the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. They survey the […]

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Ask The Gardener: Shrub damage, dahlia tubers, rose issues and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Velvet antlers about to disappear for another year

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Chances are it’s going on in your neck of the woods right now. But if you want to see it, you’d better hurry. White-tailed bucks scrape and scratch the velvet from their antlers late each summer, in preparation for the fall breeding season, or rut. They do it every year, year after year. Predicting just […]

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Managed dove fields can provide good hunting

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Long popular in the South, they’ve spread across the country in recent years. No, not mourning doves. They’re already super abundant just about everywhere. Estimates are that there are 350 million or so of them across the nation. Hunters harvest 20 million annually. “These numbers make doves the widest ranging and most abundant game bird […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a defense against ticks

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Permethrin Company: Sawyer Gear type: Insect repellent Product description: Hunters, hikers, leaf peppers, steelhead and trout anglers, and lots of other people will be walking through grass, brush and woods over the next few months, as coolera temperatures and the attractions […]

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10 things you never knew about Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Forget about falling leaves, cozy sweaters or football games, the official signal of fall has arguably become the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks cafe menus nationwide. But before you take a sip of your first PSL this season, here are 10 fun facts you need to know about (almost) everyone’s favorite fall […]

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Ask the Gardener: Planting apple trees, cabbage moths, lilac trees and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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10 creative ways to use your blender besides smoothies

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Your blender is your best friend when it comes to mixing killer morning smoothies. But blenders are way more versatile than pureeing fruits and veggies. Try these ten hacks and you’ll be getting lots more use out of your blender in no time. MAKE SORBET High-powered blenders can crush through ice with no problem, so […]

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Fall Planting Perennials

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Nurseries and garden centers are bringing in fresh plant material right now, but there are also deals to be had on plants that have been sitting on the shelves for months. One of the reasons to buy from a good nursery is that those plants have been properly watered and fertilized during the season. They […]

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Ask the Gardener: Dahlias, rose of Sharon, soil improvements and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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