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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ask the Gardener: Crape myrtles, growing garlic, fertilizer 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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Grandpa’s Garden Journal

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A simple post on Facebook led me to Amy Wilkinson’s lovely story about her late grandfather, Herman Wigle. While responding to another gardener’s inquiry in June about planting beans, she replied that there was still plenty of time to get the seeds in the ground. It was something she had learned from reading her late […]

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Combination planting, stopping slugs, perennials 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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Fall Vegetable Planting

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Many gardeners stand over their plot proudly this time of the year, basking in the glory of what they accomplished with a spring planting. They are satisfied with their gardens and sometimes even look forward to frost as a way to get a break. Then there are the rest of us who are spending the […]

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Tomato issues, monkey grass, daffodil bulbs 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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Somalis transform vacant city lot to farm

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Abdulkadir Chirambo smiles easily, especially when he’s talking about the vacant city lots the United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh have converted to a huge farm like garden. As president and spokesman of the organization, he gets serious when asked what brought him from Kenya to the Pittsburgh. “Peace, education and changing life,” he says […]

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Ask The Gardener: Tree lichens, bugs and a reader testimonial

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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: Peppers, tomato issues and plant identifications

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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: Tomato issues, tobacco hornworm, pests 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: Growing lettuce, starting lilacs, root crop problems 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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Love of Plant Breeding

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Sarah Zolock’s well-worn straw gardening hat reveals her silver hair through a hole in the top. “I want the hat like that,” she says smiling. “It lets the air through the crown better.” Along with her husband Steve, the couple are conducting a tour of their expansive and beautiful garden, explaining the intricacies of plant […]

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Ask the Gardener: Dogwood shrubs, tulips, preventing weeds 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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Organic Lawn Care

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Kathy Fajt told her husband Gene that something needed to be done about their lawn. For more than six years Gene had struggled with the grass at their Unity Township, Westmoreland County home near Latrobe. He would add lime, figuring that was a good thing, but it wasn’t helping. That’s when I got a message […]

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Ask the Gardener: Rose problem, neem oil, grafting maples 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: Blossom end rot, replacing onions, pests 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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Franklin Park Conservatory

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A gardener wearing a wide-brimmed hat has just mulched an intricately designed outdoor bed and is gently sweeping excess mulch off the interconnected walkways in short soft strokes. When visiting a public garden, it’s always the attention to detail that converts the landscape from interesting and fun to spectacular. The gardener who painstakingly cleaned those […]

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