July2018 Archive:

Finally Tithonia!
Jimmy Jones

waited and waited for blooms on these very tall mexican sunflower plants and…finally…1 bloom! Can’t wait for many more to come!

Doug's mailbag strawberry

Doug’s mailbag: Strawberry plants, cool-weather crops, pumpkins 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

Plants That Matter

Plants That Matter: Tough plants (and weeds) hold memories
Doug Oster

,Note: Doug Oster’s “Plants That Matter” series won the Gold Medal award at the 2017 Association of Garden Communicators Media Awards. They now run on Everybody Gardens as they originally appeared in the Tribune-Review. This is the third of three in the series. Tamer and Gina Ziady are sitting at either end of their dining

Library garden teaches children about nature and much more
Doug Oster

Amaris Geer is wearing a pair of sky blue wings adorned with an intricate sparkle design as she explores the fairy garden at Mount Pleasant Library. “It’s just beautiful,” the 4-year-old says in a soft voice. Holding hands with her 2-year-old brother, Greyson, the pair are transfixed by the tiny fairies, gates and a multicolored

Tomato with bugs

Doug’s mailbag: Tomato issues, zucchini struggles, lilacs 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

Plants That Matter: 90-year-old fern thrives; memorial garden brings peace
Doug Oster

Note: Doug Oster’s “Plants That Matter” series won the Gold Medal award at the 2017 Association of Garden Communicators Media Awards. They now run on Everybody Gardens as they originally appeared in the Tribune-Review. This is the first of three in the series. George and Blanche Metzgar of Washington Township, Westmoreland County, sit in their

Flowers visible on the squash plant.

New Gardener: Vacation return brings a few tomatoes and a letdown
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. Before a long-awaited trip to Disney World, I made sure to cover up the garden bed with straw. Doug told me the straw would help preserve the moisture. I

Parkinson’s disease challenges gardener
Doug Oster

The sidewalk reflects brutal summer heat as John Staudacher carefully navigates the steps leading to his front garden in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood on a humid afternoon.   Staudacher, a lifelong gardener, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last November after years of symptoms. The disease has made it harder for him to do everything necessary

A flowering hosta

Doug’s mailbag: Hosta seeds, garlic, Alternaria leaf blight 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

Join Doug on a dream trip to Italy
Doug Oster

I’m headed to Italy in April to explore the gardens, history and culture of the country. I’ve been taking people around the world for six years now and there’s not an easier way to travel. We are joined by a local guide, fluent in the language and area who meets us at the airport when

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