May2016 Archive:

Corpse Flower “Romero” at Phipps prepares to bloom again. Smell The Magic!
Doug Oster

It was back in 2010 when Ben Dunigan, curator of horticulture at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens pulled me aside to show me the corpse flower in a vegetative state. The tall green stalk would eventually die back and hopefully would reemerge as a flower. It’s almost impossible to predict when the mysterious Amorphophallus titanum

Doug’s 14th Annual Plant Swap and Giveaway 12 noon, Sunday June 5 at Soergel’s new location
Doug Oster

This will be the 14th year I’ve held a plant swap and giveaway. Although there’s some dispute with participants about how many years this has been going on. The first couple seasons I actually held the event at my house. It quickly grew and that’s why this year we have a new location, Soergel Orchards.

Thin those sprouting seeds. Serve the thinning as micro-greens!
Doug Oster

  A packet of seeds only costs a few dollars and it’s a great way to get plants started right in the garden. It’s also the only way to find certain varieties. There’s something wonderful about seeing a little seed germinate and come to fruition in just a season. I love taking a whole packet

The first toad of the season signals spring
Doug Oster

Gardeners see the world a little differently than “normal” people. We’re watching the signs that nature provides to see when we should plant. “If you hear the spring peepers three times, it’s time to plant early crops,” the saying goes. “When an oak leaf is the size of a mouse’s ear, it’s time to plant