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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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Ask Doug Oster: Larkspur, Chinese lanterns, moss 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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D. Landreth Seed Company

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When David and Cuthbert Landreth founded the D. Landreth Seed Company in 1784, they never could have imagined the ups and downs the company would see over the centuries. Sold during WWII, changing hands over the years several times and even fading away until recently being purchased by American Meadows Inc. President Ethan Platt has […]

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Memorial Daffodils

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A stiff breeze blows through thousands of bright yellow daffodils, making them dance as Emily Milich-Franusich and her husband Michael Franusich walk hand in hand through a two-acre field of blooms as their cat Sophie leads the way in Butler Township, Butler County. Since 2015 the couple has spent their fall planting these bulbs in […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Native grass, safe cleaners, garlic 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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Cemetery Daffodils

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It was a conversation over lunch after a Botanic Walk and Talk at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden that introduced me to Barbara and Chuck Batove’s beautiful story. Barbara knows Joe Hamm, whose Daffodil Hortus in Washington County is a legendary collection of nearly 2,000 different varieties. Barbara is planting specific daffodils at the graves of […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Wild onions, Milkweed seeds, Bittercress 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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Plants I Love – Begonia

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Overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline in a restaurant on Mount Washington, I was showing off pictures of my beloved ‘Bonfire’ begonias. A few years ago, the Garden Writers Association (GWA) had its national convention here, and we took breeders up there to show off the city. When I showed Anthony Tesselaar my photos, he said in […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Tithonia, Planting Bulbs, Compost Sourcing 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. There are three ways to send in your […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Leaf mold as mulch, Yew shrubs, Thistle 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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A Legacy of Planting

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On a warm spring afternoon, the sun highlighted a row of daffodils in such a way that the orange fringe of the cups exploded with color. I’ve seen them bloom every season for the past 20 but never really noticed the dark apricot center of the flower. I began to daydream a bit, pondering who […]

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Brownsville Perennial Project

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Landscape architect Laura Patterson walks through a parking lot in Brownsville occupied by some overgrown shrubs and an old white dump truck abandoned there years ago. She has lived in the greater Uniontown area her whole life, owns Exquisite Garden Design and has roots here, too. Her grandmother lived in West Brownsville, working in the […]

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Seed Starting

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One of the most thrilling days for gardeners is when the seeds get started indoors. It’s a great way to grow things that the neighbors can’t. As good as local nurseries are, they can’t carry everything. There are some things that can only be grown from seed. It’s also a money saver, as a packet […]

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Ask Doug Oster: Soil Testing, Protecting Bulbs, Fig Tree Care 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. There are three ways to send in your […]

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