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Family Heirloom Dahlia

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“I’m a daddy’s girl,” Wanda Gerber, 64, says proudly. Her father passed away in 2012, but he lives on in her garden with plants he grew and saved for decades. The plants are all special, but the dahlia he cared for for years from his grandmother holds a special place in her heart. Gerber has […]

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In the Dirt – Garlic

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Every October I step up on my soapbox to evangelize about planting garlic. I’m determined to spread the word; garlic grown in the garden offers so much more than just the bulbs. Before we get to that though, it’s the diverse flavors and levels of heat each different variety offers that makes it so fun. […]

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In the Dirt – November

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There’s a day in early spring, usually in late March, when three days of mild temperatures are followed by an afternoon of bright sun, which coaxes sky blue snow crocus into bloom. Even though we know the bulbs are there, it’s always a wonderful surprise. Last spring I was overjoyed to see those blooms, but […]

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Garlic Obsession

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Nothing compares to garlic out of the garden, just like any other homegrown crop. To say garlic is a plant I love is an understatement of epic proportions. I’m devoted to the root crop and eat a couple cloves raw every day. What about the fragrance, you ask? Believe it or not, when you eat […]

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Gardening Q&A with Doug Oster

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Doug Oster’s mailbag: Rose pruning, carrots and fall foliage   Carrie: Can I prune my roses now? I’m never sure what time of the year to cut them back. Doug: You can always remove dead wood, but the plant should be cut back in the spring. Look for the little red buds forming along the […]

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Garden Life

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(Originally published in 2016, so age references are for that year.) As Christine Stark winds down her second gardening season, she’s planning on adding some cool-weather crops to her Gibsonia garden, which thrived this summer. The 28-year-old loves to spend time in the garden with her two young daughters. Greta, 3, doesn’t really like getting […]

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In the Garden with Kids – November

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My kids are grown now, but every spring they get a reminder of what it was like to grow up in a gardening household. When I’m speaking to gardeners, I always joke that I used a bulb auger to punish my children. People look aghast as they imagine the terrifying ways this giant drill bit […]

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One Tree Per Child

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Last September Isabela Angelelli stood proudly outside Avonworth Elementary School in Ross as she helped launch the first location of One Tree Per Child in the country. The Australian-based organization helps school children plant trees, operating in nine countries. The only thing required of the school is to provide the opportunity for every student who […]

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Variegated Pieris Japonica

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Discovering a new variety of plant that is perfect for your landscape inspires us to garden as the season fades. Walking around a local nursery, I fell in love…again. I’ve never seen a variegated pieris japonica, but I’ve got standard varieties all over the garden. They are deer resistant, tough, beautiful and keep their leaves […]

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Garden Road Trip

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Two mockingbirds can be seen (and heard) chasing each other through the amber leaves of a maple tree at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. The foliage is just beginning to turn, and the garden beds once thriving with annuals are being transitioned for fall. Pansies are in place and bulbs are being sunk […]

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Acorns, dandelions and crabapples foraged for tasty treats

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Ellen Zachos, known as the Backyard Forager, laments a late fall snow as she talks via phone from her home in New Mexico. “It’s melting, but it was early, that’s for sure,” she says. Zachos laughs easily and talks with passion about the food she harvests and cooks from in the wild. Fall is one […]

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In the Garden with Kids – October

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There are lots of things to do with the kids this time of year. Planting pansies is a fun job, and everyone can enjoy the pretty flowers until December or even beyond if we get a warm winter. One of the things I always loved to do with my kids, though, was to decorate rocks. […]

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Garden Helps the Hungry

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Morgan Livingston’s official title at the Greater Washington County Food Bank is agricultural innovations manager. “I’m basically the farm manager though,” she says with a smile. But innovation abounds at the food bank, starting with its first vegetable garden behind the large warehouse and thrift store, along with big plans to develop the 24 acres, […]

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October Garden Calendar

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By now you probably know of my obsession to extend the season. I’m growing cool weather plants so I can enjoy the garden as long as possible. In the vegetable garden, things like beets, carrots, cole crops (cabbage, kale, collards, etc.), arugula, corn mache, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, tatsoi and other things are all grown […]

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Growing Garlic

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Dan Tomcik is inspecting a nice-looking raised bed that is ready and waiting to be planted with a very special garlic as a giant scarecrow looms over the garden. This is one of the 26-year-old’s plots in the Fineview Community Garden near his Pittsburgh home, but he cares for another at the Touchtone Center for […]

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Compost Happens

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For 35 years Nancy Martin has composted. She’s so passionate about making sure organic matter doesn’t end up in the trash, she’s been known to take a doggie bag of leftovers after a meal at a friend’s house. “We’ll be sitting there snacking on something,” she says with a smile, “then I always bring it […]

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Planting Perennials

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With rain on the way, I’m digging planting holes for new perennials found on sale at my local nursery. Perennials are plants that return year after year in the garden, and fall is the perfect time to plant them. Now’s a great time for the plants to get their roots established by watering them until […]

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In the Garden with Kids – Seed Saving

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It’s all about the birds and the bees when we’re talking plants. But that can be a difficult subject with kids though. Most plants want to grow, flower and then make seed to procreate. A lot of them need a pollinator to do that. If it’s too early to explain why the plants make seeds, […]

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The Monarch Whisperer

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Fat green, white and black caterpillars climbed all over the milkweed plants along the driveway of Karrie Klug’s Slickville home. She was thrilled, gently removing just three of them and some milkweed for nourishment to display in a container at the Mr. Tire store in Latrobe that she manages. She was determined to raise them […]

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Autumn Gardening – Planting Trees & Shrubs

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Cool mornings and low light greet gardeners in September, making it the perfect recipe for planting. Fall is such an important time for gardening; bulbs, trees, shrubs, perennials and cool-weather vegetables are all things that enjoy going into the garden this time of the year. Many people want to kick back now, but it’s a […]

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UPMC Therapeutic Garden for Kids

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In Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, there’s a garden of raised wooden beds enclosed by a tall, chain link fence. Three 16-year-old girls struggling with anxiety, depression and other issues are just a few of the patients who use this space at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC as a therapeutic tool. Dr. Rameshwari […]

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September Garden Calendar

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September continues the planting of cool-weather crops in the vegetable garden. Things like spinach, lettuce, corn mache, tatsoi, pak choi, arugula, radishes, turnips, beets and others can be started now. Look locally for plants, as gardeners have learned about extending the season, and garden centers have started carrying fresh plants for fall planting. Plant perennials […]

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Roses are a Family Heirloom

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Marsha Kennedy is warming up to her hydrangea after she’s finally coaxed it to bloom in hues of purple. It’s her favorite color, which is evident by her hummingbird print T-shirt and the purple tint in the 68-year-old’s hair. Her garden is filled with pollinator plants like milkweed, coneflower, phlox, monarda, borage and many more, […]

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September Bulb Planting

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I’ve been planting bulbs every fall for just about as long as I can remember. September is when the work begins, but I will continue into November if weather permits. When I’m on my hands and knees, bulb auger in hand, I’m fantasizing about spring blooms, especially my beloved double daffodils. We all have things […]

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A Special Garden for a Special Person

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Jenny Hall is beaming as her 9-year-old son Reid talks about his favorite recipe from the garden at the kitchen table. At the other end of the table, his grandparents Dick and Jane Sylvester are also transfixed by the precocious young man. Reid has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disorder that has him using […]

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Gardening Calendar – September

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September continues planting of cool-weather crops in the vegetable garden. Things like spinach, lettuce, corn mache, tatsoi, pak choi, arugula, radishes, turnips, beets and others can be started now. Look locally for plants, as gardeners have learned about extending the season, and garden centers have started carrying fresh plants for fall planting. Plant perennials by […]

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