April2016 Archive:

Switzerland’s capital Bern offers gardening treasures and more
Doug Oster

  A haunting classical melody echoes through the streets of Bern, Switzerland as I walk back to my hotel. An accordionist is using the Gothic sandstone vaulted ceiling of a courtyard to amplify his music. He’s alone and almost unnoticed as he begins to play a more familiar upbeat tune. It seems odd when an

Spring transitions bring beauty to the garden
Doug Oster

The spring garden might be the most satisfying, especially as the daffodils and tulips share space with one fading and the other coming on strong. Last fall I planted bulbs using a new product called Easy Bloom Pads. It’s a group of bulbs sold together in a biodegradable paper disc. The whole thing is planted 

Free Heirloom Lettuce Plants and Seeds with Doug at Old Economy Village Saturday Plus Garlic Burgers too!
Doug Oster

I’m hosting the Spring Garden Workshop at Old Economy Village this Saturday (4/16/16). I’ll be the emcee and keynote speaker for an all day garden extravaganza. Five different speakers will present some great topics. How to grow native Pawpaw trees, an introduction to bee keeping, how to take care of trees and shrubs, a celebration

Cold Survivors, these plants weathered the storm
Doug Oster

After temperatures dipped to 20 degrees over the weekend, everyone (including myself) wondered what would survive. It’s not that unusual to get a really cold day in early spring, but it’s always a guessing game as to how plants will react. Most of the things in my garden did fine, but there were some minor

Winter sowing of radishes worked! You can plant the same way now
Doug Oster

Last winter I did a video about something called frost seeding (you can watch it here). I threw radish seeds and some other cool weather seeds on to snow which covered a bed of compost. Well, I kind of forgot about them and now the radishes have sprouted. It’s a great lesson about mimicking nature.

Free Gardening Presentation with Doug at Fox Chapel Library Wed 4/6/16
Doug Oster

Join me Wednesday at the Cooper-Seigel Library in Fox Chapel at 7 p.m. for a free garden talk and a chance to win my latest book The Steel City Garden. I’ll be presenting “Spring Planting, Starting Early for Your Best Garden Ever.” Click here for all the details.

The Onion Snow
Doug Oster

When the garden is covered in a morning carpet of snow this late in the season, we call it the onion snow. It will be gone in just a few hours, but is always a rather shocking way to start the day. Don’t worry, most plants will be fine. Certainly spring bulbs are used to

See Doug Sunday at the South Hills Home Show at Iceoplex
Doug Oster

Doug will present “Secrets of Successful Organic Gardening” at 1 p.m. on Sunday April 3, 2016 during the South Hills Home Show at the Iceoplex at Southpointe. He’s also giving away free ‘Amazing Grapes’ tomato seeds. It’s a wonderful green when ripe cherry tomato courtesy of Good Mind Seeds. First come, first serve. The home