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Gardens offer sanctuary amid fears and uncertainty

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The garden has always been my safe place. For more than three decades of good times and bad, it’s a space to reflect and gain perspective. Regardless of what happens outside the garden, crocus flowers push through the cool soil as winter fades, followed by daffodils, the harbingers of spring. Seeing them bloom means there’s […]

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Race for the first tomato

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The race for the first tomato of the season begins now. For many of us obsessed with picking them as soon as possible, this is the time to nestle seeds into moist planting mix under bright lights. Choosing the right varieties is an important piece of the puzzle. Some cultivars take 100 days to produce […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lantana, starting compost and moving hydrangea

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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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Grafting Tomatoes

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When Rich Gebrosky noticed grafted tomato plants in a seed catalog, it piqued his interest. “But they were so expensive,” he says, “I decided to look into it and see if I could make my own grafted plants.” Grafting tomatoes starts with two sets of plants. There’s the rootstock, which has a vigorous root system […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lantana, starting compost and moving a hydrangea

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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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My Favorite Tree

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I’m not sure when I first noticed the late afternoon sun illuminating the orange bark of a tall, beautiful Scotch Pine that overlooked the vegetable garden, probably about 20 years ago. There’s a chair in the corner of the garden that I would use at the end of the day. After discovering this beautiful combination […]

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Ask The Gardener: Deer issues, starting seeds and grape problems

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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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Ask The Gardener: Hydrangeas, pachysandra and hellebores

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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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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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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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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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Winter Vegetable Gardening

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Sue Gilmore’s love of gardening began at an early age. “I started when I was 7 years old,” Gilmore says. “I just wanted so much to grow food, I think I have a little farmer heart.” The parents in her neighborhood started a 4-H group, and Gilmore was the youngest member. She convinced her parents […]

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Ask the Gardener: Winterberry, termites and zoysia grass

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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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David Austin Roses and How to Grow Roses Organically

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The last time I saw Michael Marriott, he was showing off beautiful David Austin Roses at the Chelsea Flower Show in England. The technical manager and senior rosarian for the company was surrounded by a stunning variety of flowers. Filled with enthusiasm, he deftly described fragrances and disease resistance of these beautiful blooms. He’s a […]

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Growing roses organically

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Michael Marriott is an organic gardener and says roses can easily be grown that way. The technical manager and senior rosarian has been growing roses without chemicals for over three decades. “People don’t want to spray roses anymore, and it’s something I’ve never ever done to roses in my own garden,” he says. “The secret […]

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Ask the Gardener: Hellebore, moles, hyacinth 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. There are three ways to send in […]

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What Garden Pros Want Us To Grow

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It’s been nearly a decade that I’ve been making the trek to Baltimore for the annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show. It can be overwhelming with more than 1,500 booths, filled with everything you could imagine for gardening. There are new plant introductions, products and nursery stock everywhere for garden centers to consider for the upcoming […]

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Ask the Gardener: Sunflowers, lemon trees and plantains

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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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How to grow herbs indoors

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Bright afternoon sun streams in the dining room window, backlighting a tall ‘Genovese’ basil plant. The herb is flanked by rosemary, thyme, tarragon, parsley and dill. The dill has bitten the dust, but the others are doing well on the windowsill. They will never grow with the vigor of outdoor plants in window light, but […]

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Attracting birds to the garden

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As the sun peers over the horizon a wren is happily singing away, already on the hunt for a mate, the days are getting longer. Max the Wonder Dog is 16, but even he listens quizzically to the little bird chirping away. As the fog burns off, peanuts are added to the birdfeeder, shell and […]

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Ask the Gardener: Peace Lily, Amaryllis Problems and Planting Trees

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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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Fresh garden vegetables inspire treasured recipes

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Dave Taiclet is pouring a dark red “elixir” out of a huge plastic jar into smaller containers. Hot peppers hang from strings all around the kitchen. One look at his black pants covered with a colorful pepper pattern leave no doubt that he is obsessed with hot peppers. The air is filled with the unmistakable, […]

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Plants with winter interest

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What is a gardener to do during the gray days of winter? For many of us, it’s all about planning. This is the perfect time to scout around for plants that provide winter interest to the landscape. Put them on your list of things to get in the ground this spring, and you’ll be rewarded […]

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