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Plants I Love – Begonia

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Overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline in a restaurant on Mount Washington, I was showing off pictures of my beloved ‘Bonfire’ begonias. A few years ago, the Garden Writers Association (GWA) had its national convention here, and we took breeders up there to show off the city. When I showed Anthony Tesselaar my photos, he said in […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Tithonia, Planting Bulbs, Compost Sourcing and more

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Gardening 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. There are three ways to send in your […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Leaf mold as mulch, Yew shrubs, Thistle and more

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Gardening 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 grammar/clarity/etc.) […]

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What’s the difference between an English muffin and a crumpet?

Food

When it comes to breakfast breads, most of us are carb-loving connoisseurs. Toasts like wheat, rye, and sourdough are just the beginning. Scones, muffins — both blueberry and bran, biscuits and bagels make their way into our morning meal more commonly than we’d care to admit. And of course you know the English muffin. It’s […]

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Springtime pea tabouli salad

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Spring salads can be so so good! Think of yourself eating whole, fresh ingredients and feeling happy, healthy, and full. This springy Mediterranean-inspired dish will deliver on all three. Springtime pea tabouli salad is filling thanks to the high-fiber peas and protein-packed quinoa (about 8 grams of protein per 1 cup cooked quinoa). It’s also […]

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A Legacy of Planting

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On a warm spring afternoon, the sun highlighted a row of daffodils in such a way that the orange fringe of the cups exploded with color. I’ve seen them bloom every season for the past 20 but never really noticed the dark apricot center of the flower. I began to daydream a bit, pondering who […]

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Tips for making the most of morel mushroom season

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Forget Game of Thrones. This is a Game of Secrets. And it’s being played right now. Hunters of a sort – armed with onion sacks and the like rather than firearms and bows – are taking to the woods, eyes to the ground. They’re seeking life amidst decay. And when they find it, they’re not […]

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Significant changes to antlerless license totals, but not everywhere

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Don’t get too comfortable. Yes, it’s true that, statewide, there will be more antlerless deer licenses available in Pennsylvania this fall than last. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners allocated 903,000 doe tags for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. That’s up 65,000 from 2018-19’s 838,000. But the increase is not spread evenly across the state. In fact, six of […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for Cajun panfish

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Beast28 Company: Matador Gear type: Backpack Product description: It doesn’t matter what type of gear it is you’re talking about. It’s only good if you actually use it. And let’s face it, sometimes, if gear is too bulky or heavy, it […]

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Brownsville Perennial Project

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Landscape architect Laura Patterson walks through a parking lot in Brownsville occupied by some overgrown shrubs and an old white dump truck abandoned there years ago. She has lived in the greater Uniontown area her whole life, owns Exquisite Garden Design and has roots here, too. Her grandmother lived in West Brownsville, working in the […]

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Seed Starting

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One of the most thrilling days for gardeners is when the seeds get started indoors. It’s a great way to grow things that the neighbors can’t. As good as local nurseries are, they can’t carry everything. There are some things that can only be grown from seed. It’s also a money saver, as a packet […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Soil Testing, Protecting Bulbs, Fig Tree Care and more

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Gardening 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. There are three ways to send in your […]

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Why do we eat chocolate bunnies on Easter?

Food

It’s hard to imagine what a chocolate rabbit has to do with anything in the religious realm. I mean, I’m not complaining. It’s a deliciously adorable Easter treat enjoyed by millions across the globe. But it’s just that, well, how did a milk chocolate mammal become the unofficial symbol of Christianity’s spring holiday? According to […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Peach Tree, Invisible Bugs, Lawn Bulbs and more

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Gardening 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. There are three ways to send in your […]

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Southern Lemon Icebox Pie

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Lately, my flavor of choice for just about anything is lemon. Come spring, I crave that tart, cool flavor. This lemon icebox pie is the perfect ending to a backyard barbecue, fish fry, or Easter dinner. But don’t get me wrong — I most enjoy it for breakfast the next morning. You will too, don’t judge. […]

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You should never cook frozen chicken in a crock pot, USDA says

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Crock-pots are all about convenience. You throw in some ingredients and go about your daily business, until a few hours later when out comes a delicious, hot meal. No one takes the time to prep ingredients a whole day in advance for this. That’s why it was so distressing to learn that taking chicken directly […]

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Plants I Love – Red Emperor Tulip

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As I interviewed young Shelby Stockline, greenhouse manager at Chapon’s Greenhouse, I was overjoyed to see ‘Red Emperor’ tulips for sale. We were talking about planting bulbs, as she had just grown some for the first time and excitedly told me of the joy she received from the spring bulbs. I could relate as ‘Red […]

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Opening day change official for deer hunters

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The change – and it’s a big one – is official. Opening day of Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season is moving. It’s been the Monday after Thanksgiving each year since 1963. This year it will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners on Tuesday – by a 5-3 vote – made the switch in […]

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Maintain a chuck box to make camping less stressful, more fun

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We discovered the old chuck box tucked away in a corner of my mother-in-law’s basement. How long had it been there, forgotten? Twenty-five years, at least. We went on a lot of outings in the two and a half decades since I joined the family picture, but there’d never been a hint of its existence. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for campfire stew

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Pistol Pete Company: Pistol Pete Flies Lure type: Fly Sizes and colors: Available in two sizes — #6 and #10 – in dozens of colors, from black, last supper, chartreuse and egg sucking to green, red, renegade and mafia Pete Target […]

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In the Dirt – May

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In May, the deer finally have something to eat in the forest, hopefully keeping them busy and out of the garden. Any gardener that lives in deer country, though, knows that the allure of hostas and tulips draws the four-legged marauders to the garden. Here are some plants that I grow in my garden that […]

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Search for Taxidermists Before Hunting

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This is the time of year when Bob Hutchinson’s frustration takes root. It’s outdoor show season in February and March. At each, sportsmen will book trips costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. Then they’ll go home and make travel arrangements, practice with their bow, put fresh line on their rods and take the stairs to […]

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Nighttime Flathead Catfish Fishing

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The Rochester bank of the Ohio River looked as if it had been taken over by a giant, on-guard, nuclear-irradiated porcupine Friday night. Over a stretch of 100 feet, quills bigger around at the base than your thumb and as long as 12 feet stuck up in the air. The last six inches or so […]

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Hellbenders

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The search for eastern hellbenders begins with a question followed by a heave. “Who’s diving?” someone asks, as four or five large guys prepare to reach down and grab one edge of a stream-bottom rock the size of a truck hood. “Get skinny. Get friendly,” they’re told as they crowd together. Then, the countdown begins. […]

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A Vegan Guide to Condiments

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What’s actually in wasabi anyway? Doesn’t soy sauce contain fish or something? When it comes to common condiments, sometimes their specific ingredients are a mystery. Condiments can pose a problem for vegans or for those looking to eat fewer animals products, so many people will just stick to the one or two they are confident […]

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Gardening with kids – Fairy Garden

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July is the perfect month to work with your kids or grandkids to create a fairy garden. It’s something I’ve written about before, but it’s such a fun and easy project, I wanted to revisit the topic. A fairy garden can take many forms on a miniature scale. Some are planted in pots. Others are […]

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