April2017 Archive:

Everything is coming up roses
Doug Oster

The Rose Garden at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport is still a month away from being filled with fabulous blooms, but Georgianna (Georgie) Papale is there to care for the plants, just like she does every Wednesday on “work day,” along with the other volunteers who make this garden special. It’s a spectacular decades-old collection of

Community garden idea growing at Greensburg church
Doug Oster

As often happens, hours spent on a tractor can lead to great ideas. When Fred Oestreicher volunteered to cut the lawn at St. Matthias Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greensburg he had no idea what he was in for. “This is crazy. We could build a baseball field here,” he recalls thinking about the expansive lawn.

‘I just like tulips’
Doug Oster

It’s pretty easy to pick out Don and Joan Orlando’s quaint Mt. Pleasant home — there are 1,000 tulips blooming in the front yard. “This is what I’ll say about 1,000, with tulips it’s not that many,” Don says with a straight face. His wife thinks otherwise. “I thought he was nuts,” she says laughing.

See Doug Sunday at the South Hills Home Show, it’s free!
Doug Oster

I’ll be at the South Hills Home Show Sunday April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. I’ll be talking gardening, answering questions and signing copies of my books. I’ll also be giving away free seeds too. The show is held at the Iceoplex at Southpointe and has free admission. There are over 100 exhibits.


I had to share a photo of some of my tulips before they disappear! These ones are Red Emperor.

Pitt Moss: The magic is in the mix for this planting medium
Doug Oster

Most people became aware of Pitt Moss when company founder Mont Handley appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2014. But for more than 20 years he had been working on the product which recycles paper material, mostly newspapers, turning them into a planting medium for gardeners. The front end of the transformation is not that

How to have an organic lawn
Doug Oster

Just about every person through the door of Evey True Value Hardware in Bethel Park greets owner Andy Amrhein with a smile, hello or a handshake. He’s been here 44 years and when it comes to lawn care, he’s sold mostly chemical products during that time. “Eight years ago, the pendulum started swinging the other

Plant cool weather veggies now for an early harvest
Doug Oster

It’s often said the best garden nursery is the closest one to home, a maxim I happen to agree with, but with a caveat. One of the joys of gardening is crossing a river or two in search of a new gardening find, as each independent garden center offers something wonderful and unique. It took

Little Girls and Their Gardens
Jayme Nies

Ava, 6 and Ivy, 3 of Fairview, PA have already planted their first seeds of the season. Wild flowers, tomatos and peppers. Can’t wait to see how we do and to report to Doug!

Free Organic Gardening Talk with Doug, Sunday Butler Home Show (free seeds too)
Doug Oster

I’ll be at the Butler Home Show on Sunday 4/09/17 at 2 p.m. talking about how to have a great garden organically. The show is filled with over 100 exhibitors and has free admission. It’s held at the Family Sports Center on RT. 68. I’ll also be giving away seeds as part of the Seed