February2017 Archive:

Get started now for a fresh herb harvest all summer
Doug Oster

Although cabin fever hasn’t been a problem during this mild winter, there’s always still an itch (or ache) to get something growing as the cold season begins to fade. One of my favorite things to do this time of the year is plant a windowsill herb planter inside. For the next couple months as the

Spring Color Arrives Early as Cheery Snow Crocus Emerge Alongside Snowdrops
Doug Oster

Love songs fill the air from trees above as birds compete for mates. All I can do is smile while laying on the soft earth photographing sky blue and purple snow crocus back lit by the morning sun. Not only am I enjoying a symphony of song birds, but these diminutive flowers explode with intense

All-America Selections have been winners for 85 years
Doug Oster

For 85 years, plant breeders have been sending their new varieties to All-America Selections hoping to be chosen for the coveted title of AAS winner. It’s not easy to win, as the plants are grown side by side with two similar successful, known cultivars. Looking through the list of winners is a horticultural history lesson

Free Book Friday! Win a copy of Fresh From The Garden
Doug Oster

I’ll be giving away a great garden book every Friday at the Everybody Gardens Facebook page. All you have to do is share the post and your entered. This week Fresh From The Garden by John Whitman is the prize. Here’s everything you need to know about the book- Fresh is simply best. To get

Snowdrops are miraculous little signs of spring
Doug Oster

It’s always a mystery when snowdrops will bloom. I’ve seen them flower in my garden as early as January 15th and as late as mid-March. One thing for sure, they are a welcome surprise seeing them emerge in February. It’s one reason planting the little bulbs in the fall is so important; once something blooms,

The story of “The Octopus Cactus,” started from a little side shoot
Doug Oster

If you happen to be walking through Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens and hear someone whistling, humming or singing, it’s probably indoor display foreman Curtis Pesanka, who is nearing his 24th anniversary working in the gardens. He’s standing in the Desert Room next to a giant plant children refer to as “The Octopus Cactus.” “It’s

Succulents are beautiful, tough and easy to grow
Doug Oster

Tom McMeekin has always been fascinated by succulents, and it shows when you visit Quality Gardens Inc. in Valencia, where he’s the president. “I was always interested in plants,” he says, “but never that into taking care of them. The joy of succulents and cacti is that you don’t have to spend a lot of

The fun and beauty of orchids at Phipps
Doug Oster

I arrived an hour early to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I was there to shoot a video for KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live. The photographer would be there soon, but I wanted a chance to explore the conservatory with my camera during the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show. The timing was perfect as the sun

Little sprouts; big nutrition
Doug Oster

Janet McKee is holding a clear Ball mason jar filled with tiny seeds that have started to germinate at her Franklin Park home. She’s founder of SanaView where she acts as a certified high performance coach. “I teach people about living a life filled with joy, confidence, more motivation and productivity,” she says with a


My wife and I recently moved back from Western North Carolina and bought an old brick Victorian house we are renovating. Late this past summer we got excited about Doug’s great book Basil , Tomatoes and Garlic. Anyhow we decided to grow garlic amongst other things this next year . We researched organic garlic suppliers