June2018 Archive:

New Gardener: Dying cucumbers and a full garden update
Mike Palm

Note: With the guidance of editor Doug Oster, new gardener Mike Palm will be chronicling his adventures (or perhaps misadventures) in starting a garden this year. It’s been more than a month since most of the vegetables were planted, so I thought it might be time to give an update on what’s growing. The biggest

Tropical plants offer color, texture and more at the Pittsburgh Zoo
Doug Oster

Frank Pizzi is dwarfed by a giant banana tree with dark metallic purple stems and almost impossibly huge strapping leaves in the Jungle Odyssey exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.   While many visitors are intrigued with the giant anteaters, playful capybaras and ocelots, gardeners can discover an array of tropical plants that

Doug’s mailbag: Bladdernut, fungus gnats, rose black spot and more
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Popcorn Plant
Jim Jones

Father’s Day present from my daughter. This popcorn plant needs full sun. Found the perfect spot for it to grow up to 8 feet tall!!

Peas are in!
Jessica L. Jones-Spithaler

The kids and I love checking to see which peas are fat enough to pick each day. Today we had a bunch! We eat them like candy, they are so sweet!

Doug’s mailbag: Poison ivy, black-eyed Susans and container mix
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Fallingwater gets a new cutting garden with the help of two like minded horticuturists
Doug Oster

As visitors descend a path from the welcome center toward the historic Fallingwater house in Fayette County, a group of gardeners is planting in freshly turned soil. Ann Talarek is the horticulturist here and has joined forces with Nell Gardner, who has the same job at two other Frank Lloyd Wright houses, the Darwin Martin

My Flower Garden
Patricia Koerbel

Love my golf ball planter!

Doug’s mailbag: Cucumber beetles, hot pepper plants and planting potatoes
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps gets refreshed by original designer
Doug Oster

The calming sound of soft running water is ever-present throughout the Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.   Designed in 1991 by famed Japanese landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, the outdoor garden is a hidden gem, as not every visitor discovers the space. Those who do are rewarded with a secluded space where

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