October2016 Archive:

Win garlic for planting with Doug Sunday
Doug Oster

I’ll be joined by my radio partner and fellow Trib columnist Jessica Walliser Sunday Oct. 30, 2016 at three Giant Eagle Market District stores for our free monthly gardening and cooking demonstration. We’ll be talking about “Beautiful Bulbs.” What to plant and how to have the best success with them. Then we’re cooking Triple Chocolate

My Maple Tree – A Lost Friend
Nancy Martin

They say that “home is where you hang your heart.” Growing up in West View my outdoor home was where I hung my heart, especially in my Maple tree. She was like a family member to me. I grew up never knowing life without her. As a baby she provided shade for my playpen. Later

Plant (and tools) That Matter
Doug Oster

Ernest Pomatto is standing near the doorway of Penn Hills Lawn and Garden wearing a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with “Life is nothing without garlic.” With both hands he’s holding something covered with crinkled newspaper. “I want to show you this tool my father brought from Italy in 1903,” he says with a smile. He gently

My Maple Tree by Nancy Martin
Doug Oster

My Maple Tree by Nancy Martin   They say that “home is where you hang your heart.” Growing up in West View my outdoor home was where I hung my heart, especially in my Maple tree. She was like a family member to me. I grew up never knowing life without her. As a baby

Time spent with gardening couple is special
Doug Oster

When I saw Ernest Pomatto holding his father’s sword like garden tool, I knew it would be a story. He came to see me speak about planting garlic at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden. It’s the kind of thing I’m always looking for, an interesting gardener with a tale to tell. Luckily it happens often

Want to try 40 Clove Garlic soup for a good cause on Saturday Nov. 5 in Greensburg?
Doug Oster

I’m very excited to be part of the 3rd Annual Soup For A Claus in downtown Greensburg on Saturday November 5, 2016. Proceeds benefit Operation Santa Claus. The campaign provides a complete holiday dinner for thousands of less fortunate families in the Trib Total Media’s service area. It’s a soup crawl through the businesses of

Can a caterpillar predict winter weather?
Doug Oster

It’s always cool to discover a woolly bear caterpillar hiding in the garden. I was planting garlic when I stumbled on to a couple in this video. The folklore is such; if a woolly bear has more orange than black the winter will be mild. In 1948 Dr. C. H. Curran, curator of insects at

Tree Pittsburgh visits Fallingwater to collect seeds for heritage tree nursery
Doug Oster

Megan Palomo walks down a gravel path along with four eager volunteers on the way to the historic Fallingwater home in Fayette County. They listen intently to her three basic rules for saving seeds. “Always get permission from the property owner, never collect more than 10 percent of the seeds, and we always collect with

Peppers growing in sidewalk crack, this is a green thumb!
Doug Oster

T.J. Giles can’t wait to show me something behind Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant in Greentree. He’s the assistant manager here and is leading me out the back door of the lobby. “The chef loves to garden,” he says with a smile. Growing in a crack between the pavement and a concrete wall are a

Prison garden provides more than vegetables
Doug Oster

A group of women laughs as they pull back lush green tomato leaves, revealing pepper plants growing underneath filled with tiny fruit. “They look too adorable to eat,” says one. There is such a feeling of happiness and enthusiasm in this group, it feels infectious. It’s not an uncommon sight in many gardens — the

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