September2015 Archive:

Keeping fall crops safe from four legged pests
Doug Oster

Fall is a great time to plant lettuce and other greens. The plants love the cool weather. If you’re unable to fence the whole garden, try fencing the plants themselves. In my case, I’ve got a fence around the garden, but there’s some place that the rabbits are getting in. Some cheap chicken wire will

Looking for an indestructible, variegated, fall blooming beauty?
Doug Oster

Garden surprises make our little world go around, don’t they? Churchill Mayor Paul McKenna is obsessed with hostas, growing hundreds (if not thousands) of them in his pristine garden. It’s one of the most incredible landscapes I’ve ever seen. Like all great gardeners, Paul loves to share. After a visit, he gave me ‘Fried Bananas’

The Huntington Garden in California is Unbelievable
Doug Oster

For days friends have been talking about The Huntington. This massive public garden and art museum is breathtaking. With temperatures reaching triple digits, water in hand, I headed for the Desert Garden on the recommendation of self described Gardennerd Christy Wilhelmi. “It’s like an alien world,” she said with a smile. She was right, it’s

The “Art” of Gardening Shines at LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden in California
Doug Oster

  Bluebird skies and warm, California sunshine welcomed me to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. A fascinating landscape which pairs eclectic art with mature plantings. In the shadow or the San Gabriel Mountains, the garden is the antithesis of the lush spaces we’re used to in the east. Plants here have survived

Woolly Bear predicts easy winter
Doug Oster

Folklore says the wider the orange/brown band on a woolly bear caterpillar, the milder the winter will be. The caterpillar on the right predicts an easy winter, and we could sure use one after the last two tough seasons. The legend of the woolly bear predicting the weather dates back to 1948 according to The

Fall Vegetable Planting Begins Now
Doug Oster

                                  While drought and heat shut down the garden for the end of the summer, rain and cooler temperatures have opened the door for fall planting. It might be my favorite time of the year to put plants in

Join Doug on Saturday, 11am at Best Feeds for “Fall Gardening Tips”
Doug Oster

Join me this Saturday September 12th, 11 a.m. at Best Feeds. I’ll be presenting “Fall Gardening Tips.” The free seminar will discuss giving new life to containers, fall vegetable planting, extending the season and more. The event will be at the Best Feeds North Hills store located at 2105 Babcock Blvd. in Ross. Call 412-822-7777

Making “Hardy” Mums Last as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live
Doug Oster

The hazy world of “hardy mums” causes both confusion an consternation for gardeners. “Why don’t they come back,” I’m often asked. First, lets talk hardy. Some mums sold as hardy mums aren’t, others are. That’s easy, right? I always buy mine from a good nursery where the good folks there will know the variety and