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Planting Summer Bulbs with Brent Heath

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“Digging bulbs is hard, hot, dirty work,” Brent Heath said with a laugh. He was talking about growing up working for his parents’ mail-order bulb business. Those bulbs run in the family, as his grandfather Charles Heath started growing and selling daffodils in 1900, bringing modern hybrids to the country and even being featured in […]

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Grow Something Different

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It is a weekly and wonderful ritual for Niki Jabbour — harvesting from her garden during the season and heading to the in-law’s home with her husband and two teenage children in tow for a family meal. The connection between family and gardening isn’t lost on anyone who spends time planting and can play an […]

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Schnur’s Greenhouse Grows Something for Everyone

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There’s something special about walking into a greenhouse. The aroma, warmth and humidity not only make the plants happy, but visitors too. Entering Schnur’s Greenhouse is Butler is no exception, as there are four women separating and deftly potting up celery plants. It’s been here since 1889, first as a truck farm and then as […]

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Gentle Yoga for Gardeners

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It was nerve wracking walking into the yoga studio at LPS Strength and Meditation in Uniontown with Elizabeth Cellurale from Cellurale Garden Center. Neither one of us knew much about yoga, but Cellurale agreed to participate with me in a demonstration of gentle yoga for gardeners. “I’m a newbie,” she said, but she was game […]

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Raised Bed Gardening

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Noel Valdes might be best known as the inventor of the CobraHead weeder, but he’s a lifelong organic gardener who has been growing in raised beds for three decades. “I’ve gardened forever,” the 73-year-old said with a laugh. “We had to garden for food. I liked it since I was a little kid.” In the […]

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Starting Peas and Other Crops

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St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional start of the planting season, and it’s something I’ve been doing for decades. The weather can be problematic though —it could be wet, cold or the soil might be covered in snow. Regardless of what’s going on with the temperature, the first trick to getting those peas to sprout […]

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Bidwell Training Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Gary Baranowski is on his knees, deadheading flowers in the Bidwell Training Center’s exhibit at the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show. The school’s director of horticulture technology is leading by example, showing his students what it takes to make each garden area special. It’s that attention to detail that has made the annual […]

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Legacy of Uncle Punzo’s Garden

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In the warmth of a little greenhouse tucked behind a brick house along a side street in Jeannette, John Wassel ladles out some of his homemade salmon chowder. It’s one of two greenhouses that overlook expansive gardens. A black metal sign is tied with frayed string to an old water line. In ornate gold letters, […]

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From Slavery to Freedom Garden

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A heavy rain is falling outside the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill. It’s the beginning of a winter thaw, and the From Slavery to Freedom Garden near the entrance is soaking up the water preparing for spring. In one bed, small dark green spinach leaves have survived the cold, forming a carpet of green […]

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All America Selections are Winners

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One of the joys of Diane Blazek’s job is walking through the All America Selections trial gardens. The AAS executive director was strolling through a field of ornamental peppers when she was struck by ‘Onyx Red.’ “It made me stop and look,” she says. “It was so vibrant, the leaves are so black, and the […]

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How we used to garden

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When I was given a soft-covered copy of “Henderson’s Garden Guide” from 1913, I couldn’t wait to read it. It was given to me at one of our free gardening symposiums, held twice a year for Seed of the Month Club members. The 7-inch by 4-inch so-called pocket-sized book is filled with fascinating garden information […]

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Stopping deer in the garden

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While driving to work, Keith S. Kaiser hit a deer — again. It’s the third one in the past 14 months he’s encountered with his vehicle, so it might not have been the best day to interview him about dealing with the four-legged pests in the garden. “It’s worse than it’s ever been,” says the […]

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Top 10 Favorite deer resistant plants

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Every herd eats differently, so that’s what makes planting things an experiment. Ask neighbors what isn’t being eaten by the deer and see how it does in your garden. Just because they don’t eat it in their garden doesn’t meant they won’t eat it in yours. Salvia- Both annual and perennial varieties Lamb Ears- Deer […]

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Scarlet Fire Kousa Introduction

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I bumped into an old friend on the exhibit floor at the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore and, as we exchanged pleasantries, he recognized renowned plant breeder Thomas Molnar, which stopped him in mid-sentence. “You’ve got to meet him,” my friend said excitedly. “He’s doing amazing things at Rutgers.” He led me over […]

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New Plants and more from MANTS

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Only a gardening geek can get so excited about visiting the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore. It’s a place where all the new plants, seeds and garden items are introduced. I go every year to see what the trends are for nurseries and to discover interesting things gardeners should know about. I stumbled […]

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Innovative Cold Frames

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It’s sunny but barely 10 degrees as Michael Bechtel gently lifts up a uniquely shaped cold frame. A peek inside reveals surprisingly green herbs that survived the brutal early-winter cold spell in their translucent winter home. The edibles coordinator at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is checking out what’s remained under cover on the Rooftop […]

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Winter Garden Checklist

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A brutal start to winter like this one is especially tough for gardeners. Time away from the garden provides a nice respite at first, but only for a short time. Then the urge to start gardening kicks in. As the offseason progresses, the longing to dig in the dirt intensifies. This winter checklist is filled […]

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Seed Catalogs

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It’s said that a $50 investment in seeds can pay off with nearly $1,500 of produce. There’s something special about watching that little seed come to fruition in just a few short months. The economic downturn a decade ago brought seeds back to the forefront of gardening as people were looking for any way possible […]

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Plants with Winter Interest

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On a brisk walk through Frick Park, Phil Gruszka is in his glory pointing out trees and shrubs that are stars of the show during the winter. The 65-year-old director of horticulture and forestry for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory says he’s not ready to retire, “because I love what I do, that’s what keeps you […]

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Gifts for Gardeners

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This is the time of the year when panic starts setting in as the deadline looms to fulfill holiday gift lists. Luckily, gardeners are one of the easiest groups to buy for, a quick trip to the local nursery for 10 packs of seeds makes a great stocking stuffer for starters. When trying to figure […]

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Poinsettias

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A sea of red, cream and pink greets visitors as they enter the warm and humid greenhouses at Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse in Clinton. They’ve been growing poinsettias here since 1972, back when just about every plant was red. “There’s been a lot of changes since then,” says owner Mike Janoski, who starts nearly 40,000 […]

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Indoor Bulbs

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There are many roads taken to become a horticulture professional, Cheryl Whalen found was literally struck by her calling in her sophomore-year dorm at the University of Connecticut. “We had lofts in our room and I sat up one morning, hit my head on the ceiling and said, ‘I’m going to be a horticulture major,’ […]

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Putting the garden to bed

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Even though they are only about 6 years old, Jessica Horenstein’s work boots are already starting to reveal the silvery steel toes wearing through the leather, caused by the long hours she spends on her knees working in the garden. Horenstein has readied the beds at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she’s outdoor display […]

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A Lifetime of Gardening Together

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Glenn and Phyllis Ribblett have spent a lifetime together gardening, both inside and outside. When the couple moved into their Baldwin home 52 years ago, there was no question the two would garden, but there was always a division of labor. He was in charge of the vegetables and she surrounded the house with a […]

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Fall Planting Guide

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My fingertips begin stinging and then go numb while pushing the last cloves of garlic into the cold soil as deep red maple leaves float down around me, forming a magenta mat over the vegetable garden. There’s lots to do before winter takes hold. I’ve written about bulbs and garlic over the past few weeks, […]

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Planting Bulbs

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Shelby Stockline and Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms share their passion for planting bulbs in the fall in anticipation of spring blooms, even though one has spent a lifetime immersed in bulb culture and the other is just starting her journey of discovery. Stockline planted bulbs for the first time last fall, while van den Berg-Ohms […]

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