Doug Oster is Manager and Editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug's gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He's an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster's Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. "Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees."
I was only six or seven hanging upside down in my grandmother’s maple tree. I watched as she was watering her treasured tomato plants, it’s my first memory of gardening.
I convinced my mother to help me put in a vegetable garden the next summer and the rest is history.
Over the years my garden obsessions have evolved just as I have. Over the years though, the therapeutic feeling of sitting in the garden at the end of the day still fills me with joy.
My garden is organic - nature has created a great balance of good bugs eating the bad bugs.
The so called “Green Thumb” comes from the addition of compost when planting just about anything. Compost gives seeds and plants everything they need. When they have that, they’ll thrive.
My garden provides something in every season, whether it’s a few kale leaves in December, beautiful exfoliating bark of shrubs in February or bushels of ripe tomatoes in August.
My kids grew up in the garden and although they are now grown and on their own, they always return asking to spend time out there and enjoy a fresh meal grown by their dad.
The garden is our gathering place and there’s no other place I’d like to spend time.
The best part about it though, is sharing what happens in the garden with you.