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Ask the Gardener: Virginia creeper, moving perennials, flower ID 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: Tree location, dying daffodils, plant ID 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. Question 1: Tree location Vic: I’ve observed […]

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Garden Personality, Rick Darke

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Rick Darke sees beauty where others don’t. He’s a renowned garden personality, author, photographer, designer and, maybe most importantly, something called a landscape ethicist. He’s spent much of his career obsessed with converting industrial sites into amazing public landscapes. It was more than a decade ago when he was flying over the Pittsburgh region in […]

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Pollinator Week

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Peggy Anne Montgomery has spent a lifetime in the garden, and for the last 15 years she’s tried hard to create a pollinator-friendly landscape. The horticulturist and account executive for the Garden Media Group is championing the cause by informing gardeners about the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and Pollinator Week, which runs from June 17-23 […]

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Ask the Gardener: Tomato blight, reducing weeds, strawberries 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: Clematis wilt, lemon tree, container tomatoes, 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: Harvesting garlic, tomatoes and the cold, bees 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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Best Bee Saving Pollinators

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Jim Fitzroy is attempting to give away his recipe for something called hot honey as his friend Michelle Wright tries hard (with a wink) to keep the ingredients a closely guarded secret. Wright is a WTAE-TV news anchor as well as a beekeeper who shares a love of bees with Fitzroy. The two are just […]

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Ask the Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more

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Ask The Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more Gardening 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 […]

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Ask The Gardener: Changing rose colors, tomatoes, caterpillars 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: Leggy tomatoes, struggling plant, mystery plant IDs 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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Hot Peppers Will Make You Cry!

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Friday was the last day I would be working with KDKA television personality Jon Burnett. We spent the past 16 years on air together and that day I would be saying goodbye on the air. Over the years, some of our most memorable segments revolved around hot peppers. Jon is crazy: He’s eaten fiery ornamental […]

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Ask the Gardener: Wildflowers, cicadas, tree identifications, 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: Rabbit problem, discouraging dogs, trailing geraniums, 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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Pollinator Palooza

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Fat bumblebees explore tall purple baptisia flowers growing in a flowerbed at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association in Ligonier, forcing their way into the indigo blooms searching for food. This is one of the stops on the Saturday, June 15, “Pollinator Palooza” Garden Rally that spans much of Westmoreland County. Susan Huba, Wilma Light and Patti […]

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Ask the Gardener; Cypress options, wild garlic, gnats 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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Favorite Annual Flowers

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Long tables covered with healthy, deep green plants filled the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning for the Armstrong County Penn State Master Gardener’s Plant Sale. I was the speaker that day and had about 15 minutes before starting to quickly peruse the offerings. I was blown away at the quality and prices, as it was […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lawn damage, daffodils, ground cover plants 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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Succession Planting of Tomatoes and Other Crops

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The temptation to plant early is an urge that seduces all gardeners. It fools the most knowledgeable and thoughtful growers and turns them into careless dreamers who throw caution to the wind in the quest to see the first bloom or harvest the earliest fruit. In March while visiting Chapon’s Greenhouse in Baldwin in search […]

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Ask the Gardener: Southern flower, planting peas, lily of the valley 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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Vatican Gardens

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Twelve years ago I was lucky enough to visit Rome with my wife, celebrating our 25th anniversary. We had never traveled internationally before, so the mysteries of a different country and language were both thrilling and daunting. I knew there were gardens at the Vatican and wanted desperately to see them. As I peered behind […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Propogation, rhubarb, hydrangeas, and more

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Gardening 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 grammar/clarity/etc.) […]

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Plants I Love – Salvia

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During the busiest part of the season, boxes filled with recently introduced plants start arriving at my house. They are filled with cultivars sent by growers in hopes that I’ll write about them. Only a few make the grade to be featured in Everybody Gardens. It’s exciting to try these new varieties, but it means […]

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In the Dirt – Mulching

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May is for mulching. A good two- or three-inch layer of mulch will preserve spring moisture, slow down weeds and keep plants happy. Whether it’s trees, shrubs, vegetables, annuals or perennials, they all will benefit from mulching. Mulch should never touch the base of the plant. Make a donut, not a volcano. It’s so frustrating […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Invasive mint, cucumbers, and Mountain Laurel

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Gardening 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 grammar/clarity/etc.) […]

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In the Dirt – Compost

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If you haven’t figure it out by now, my garden is all about compost. It’s the thing that gives me the so-called “Green Thumb.” Compost gives plants everything they need; when they get that, varieties will outgrow most pests and diseases. Just about every day, I run in to someone who exclaims, “I’ve got a […]

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