February2018 Archive:

Winter sowing of radishes worked!
Doug Oster

It was quite a surprise to see radish seedlings sprouting in late February. They were planted as a winter sowing experiment in December. I’ve been planting them this way over the past few years, but usually later in the season. It’s a way to mimic nature. If we didn’t pick the radish root, the plants

Doug’s stage schedule for the 2018 Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show
Doug Oster

It’s that time again, the 37th Annual Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center is the best way to get ready for the upcoming gardening season. I’ll be there every day speaking on the Green Thumb Stage. It’s on the first floor in the back, you can’t miss it.

From Slavery to Freedom Garden tells a powerful story
Doug Oster

A heavy rain is falling outside the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill. It’s the beginning of a winter thaw, and the From Slavery to Freedom Garden near the entrance is soaking up the water preparing for spring. In one bed, small dark green spinach leaves have survived the cold, forming a carpet of green

Hard Work for a Small Window of Beauty! Its Worth It
Colleen S Boyer

We built our home 10 years ago in the middle of the woods. I found very quickly that the ground was very hard and had a lot of shell. When I want to plant, I would have to bring in good soil. That’s why I say Hard Work always pays off. I love working in

Snow crocus sprouts!
Doug Oster

The sun is breaking through misty fog as temperatures soar to 60 degrees kicking off a welcome thaw. That’s all it takes for a snow crocus to quickly emerge through wet oak leaves announcing the official start of the garden season in my garden. The flower is covered in rain drops as the weather clears.

Early sign of spring!
Carolyn Bolton

I bought this shrub after seeing it in flower early Spring a number of years ago. This Witch hazel shrub blooms very early with the first early thaw/warm stretch. It always looks like a tree of confetti!

Doug’s favorite All America Selections of all time
Doug Oster

Let me preface this list with you can’t go wrong with an All America Selections winner. These are just a few that I’ve fallen for. Tithonia ‘Torch.’ (1951) — This Mexican sunflower is a pollinator magnet that reaches anywhere from five to 16 feet tall and is filled with three-inch, deep orange flowers. It’s easy

All America Selections compete and become winners for gardeners
Doug Oster

One of the joys of Diane Blazek’s job is walking through the All America Selections trial gardens. The AAS executive director was strolling through a field of ornamental peppers when she was struck by ‘Onyx Red.’ “It made me stop and look,” she says. “It was so vibrant, the leaves are so black, and the

Houseplants and Doug’s appearances as seen on KDKA-TV Pittsburgh Today Live
Doug Oster

Here’s today’s segment from Pittsburgh Today Live. It’s all about houseplant care. Make sure the foliage is clean so the plants can do their job and scrub the air. Since the days are getting longer, it’s alright to fertilize them with a good organic, liquid fertilizer. “Grow” from Espoma is the perfect choice, you can

Daffodils have sprouted, now covered in show, what to do?
Doug Oster

What a wonderful surprise it was to see daffodils sprouting after a short thaw. Two days later they are covered with snow and temperatures are predicted to fall into the teens. These bulbs were planted in a small, narrow strip right between the front of the house and a sidewalk. It was an interesting choice

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