August2017 Archive:

Plant cool weather veggies now
Doug Oster

Most gardeners cuddle up with their seed catalogs in January dreaming of spring, but Karin Eller, of Plant-It Earth Greenhouse near Homer City, waits until July, when she gets a break from the busy season, to search for new varieties to plant in the late summer and fall. Gardening doesn’t have to stop as the

A Widower’s Garden
Doug Oster

There is a neatly folded red sweater on the pillow of Robert Slabe’s bed where his late wife Elsie used to sleep. She passed away a little over two years ago of congestive heart failure wearing that sweater. When Slabe wakes up in the morning next to it, he looks up at her wedding photo

Gardeners can help the hungry at Red Ripe and Roasted with Doug at Phipps Sunday
Doug Oster

Join me at the 13th annual Red Ripe and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Festival at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Sunday Aug. 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. I’m one of the founders of the festival, it’s a way to get fresh garden produce to people who are hungry. The Greater Pittsburgh

Unique trees offer something special for gardeners
Doug Oster

When a nursery is off the main drag, it needs something special to draw customers. Plumline Nursery in Murrysville and Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse in McDonald both fit the bill. These garden centers have to carry things that are unique, diverse and interesting, and right now, their offering their favorite trees. Russ Bedner, owner of

Beauty brings happiness at St. Vincent College gardens
Doug Oster

Driving into St. Vincent College, three gardeners are braving the hot sun while working in the middle of the road on a long traffic island. Fred Byrne, OSB (Order of St. Benedict), and his team are transforming a patch of tough grass into what they hope will be a spectacular garden. They are laying down

Hospital garden provides healthy food for cancer patients
Doug Oster

It’s quite a surprise for patients to see Jamar Sheffey serving three different hummus creations in the waiting room of the Womens Cancer Center of Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland. Sheffey is team lead caterer at Magee and many of the ingredients come from the garden on site. He’s also showing visitors how

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