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Endangered Plants

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Roxanne Swan methodically searches hundreds of drawers filled with seeds of native plants. Each small drawer is labeled with the Latin name of the seeds stored inside. She’s in a small room, adjacent to a greenhouse in the Audubon Center for Native Plants at Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel, Pa., where she works as the […]

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Ask the Gardener: Sprouting garlic, growing lettuce and a money tree

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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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Ordering Seeds is Fun

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The ebbs and flows of gardening parallel the fashion world. One year plant breeders turn everything lime green, and the next it’s deep red. Seed sales slump some years, then return with a vengeance for various reasons, often in times of economic uncertainty. I sometimes feel like a sort of garden evangelist, extolling the virtues […]

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Whitetail Report shows America’s hunters taking more bucks, and bigger ones, too

Outdoors

Get two hunters together anywhere, anytime, and one question is more likely to come up than any other. Did you get your buck? In South Carolina, the answer is likely yes, at least lately. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 79 percent of licensed Palmetto State hunters killed a buck. […]

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BioLite HeadLamp 200 test and review

Outdoors

If you enjoy channeling your inner coal miner when roaming woods and trails in the dark, move along. This isn’t the headlamp for you. But if seeing well enough to cook dinner, set up your tent or walk to your tree stand without tripping over rocks and roots are the priorities, well, that’s another story. […]

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Fishing license display requirement goes away

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Stamps and envelopes haven’t completely disappeared form this world gone increasingly paperless. So those clear plastic fishing license holders probably won’t either. But as with the tools of snail mail, expect to see fewer of them, starting this spring. That’s because Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners elimninated the rule requiring anglers to display their license […]

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How to use pup distress calls to target coyotes

Outdoors

It’s not exactly going out on a limb to say Al Morris is a passionate predator hunter. Make that visibly passionate. The three-time world coyote calling champion is one of the hosts of FOXPRO Furtakers on the Outdoor Channel. He travels all over the country for the show. Watch the results. Chances are good you’ll […]

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Fishing’s Leaky Bucket and more outdoor news

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week Interest in recreational shooting is on the increase across America, with many of the newcomers – younger ones in particular – focused on handguns. But which one to buy? Walk into any gun shop and […]

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A short but sweet history of Hershey’s kisses

Food

The year was 1907. Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, Oklahoma had been admitted as 46th state in the Union, and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses came into the nation’s collective candy-loving conscious. Hershey’s has been planting its chocolaty kisses on Americans for more than 110 years. Today, the bite-sized candy is the 5th most […]

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Honey soy glazed salmon

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If you want a fancy-yet-easy main dish, look no further than baked salmon fillets. It can be a midweek date go-to as much as it can  be an al fresco meal with friends, or even a romantic night in. Salmon pretty much always suits the occasion. This baked salmon comes out beautifully with little-to-no effort. […]

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Heart-shaped peanut butter cookies

Food

Soft, sweet, and chewy, who can resist peanut butter cookies? This recipe is packed with peanut flavor, sure to satisfy that peanut butter craving. They taste as delicious dunked in ice cold milk as they do all on their own. Plus, you’ll fall in love with the little heart-shaped design. This is my go-to recipe […]

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Tips for making the best breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day

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On any given weekday, breakfast might mean a simple cup of coffee and perhaps a piece of toast—still warm if you’re lucky—gobbled up as you leave a trail of breadcrumbs to the door. But Valentine’s Day is a special day meant for spending with the one you love—and the food you love—so what better place […]

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25 most romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh

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The once industrial Steel City might be well-known for its dominating sports teams and french fry smothered salads and sandwiches—but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a softer side. Take the guesswork out of where to go this Valentine’s Day. From fire-lit dining, to impeccable service, historic architecture, and of course, decadent dishes, Pittsburgh’s most romantic […]

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Ask the Gardener: Sunflowers, amaryllis bulbs and beautyberry

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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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Red Velvet Brownies with cream cheese frosting

Food

We swear we’re done eating junk after the holidays, and then BAM! Valentine’s Day goodies are everywhere. But I have to tell you, these red velvet brownies are totally worth it! If you’re a fan of red velvet, you’ll love these moist, chewy brownies. They’re 100 percent homemade, and ready in no time. Even the […]

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The best way to reheat a baked potato

Food

Whether you’re serving them oozing with chili and cheese or slathered with butter as a simple accompaniment to a steak dinner, baked potatoes make for a tasty, versatile side dish. But perhaps you found you made too many and now have leftovers.  Don’t pitch that potato. Here’s how you can make sure they taste as […]

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A canoe camping checklist for every paddler

Outdoors

Imagine the movie Wild Hogs, but with four kayaks and a single canoe replacing the motorcycles. That’s what our trip was like. Well, sort of. We’re a half dozen middle-aged guys – trending hard and fast toward old – and last summer’s float was an attempt to add a little adventure to our lives. Mild […]

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Bobcats a beautiful species that’s made a big comeback

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The clock is ticking for bobcats all across North America. Not in the sense that they’re in trouble. Far from it. Bobcats were scarce in a lot of places as recently as the 1970s. Deforestation, development, changes in agricultural practices and even bounties offered for every one killed hammered them. But things are dramatically different […]

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Voluntary fishing permits sell even better than expected

Outdoors

This worked out about as well as could have been expected. And maybe better. Late in 2018, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials created four voluntary permits meant to raise funds for fish habitat work, research, angler surveys and more. They really started marketing them early in 2019. One permit, for wild trout and enhanced […]

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Backyard Bird Count and More Outdoor News

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week Compared to the cost of a rifle itself and optics you mount on it, scope rings are fairly inexpensive. But to get the most from your firearm, you still need to get the […]

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What’s in season in February?

Food

Nothing tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and veggies. If you too prefer your produce when it’s freshest from the farm, here’s what you should be buying in February. Fresh produce is tastier and cheaper since there is plenty of it—simple supply and demand here! So stock up, save money, and enjoy these fruits and vegetables […]

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Marry me chicken — also known as creamy Tuscan chicken

Food

Yes! I’d marry you for that chicken! So the story goes. From what I can tell, the first lucky recipient of this dish was moved to proclaim his eternal love if it meant always being able to eat this chicken dish. That’s a pretty stellar review. And a perfect one for Valentine’s Day! If you’re […]

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Tips for Growing Succulents Indoors

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A long greenhouse bench is filled with an array of succulents at Soergel’s Garden Center in Wexford. These varieties are indoor plants that have become increasingly popular over the past several seasons. Randy Potter is a general manager here and wears many hats at the nursery. One of his jobs is deciding which succulents and […]

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Ask the Gardener: Bug hotels, knockout roses and lime bushes

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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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Troubling trends in outdoor recreation participation

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Maybe you’ve seen it in the news lately. America is facing a potential French fry shortage because of a poor potato crop. Couch potatoes remain plentiful, though. In fact, some new data suggests that – for the first time in years – while participation in outdoor recreation remains high, the most sedentary Americans are becoming […]

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Saturday opener for deer boosted PA hunting license sales

Outdoors

Moving opening day of Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season for the first time in 60 years helped the Game Commission sell more licenses in 2019 than in 2018. Whether it’s enough remains to be seen. For decades, opening day always fell on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This past year, commissioners bumped the opener up by […]

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