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April 2019
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It’s daffodil season
April is daffodil season, as these flowers are the harbingers of spring. These ephemerals won’t be around long, but their subtle fragrance and beauty are an annual thrill.

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EVENT: Spring Planting With Doug Oster
Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster will discuss seed starting and early spring planting.
1 p.m.

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EVENT: Butler County Home Show
Whether lawn or garden, fruit or ornamental shrubs, Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster reveals simple steps to growing a lush landscape organically.
2 p.m.

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Start planting now
It’s not too late to plant things like peas and other cool-loving varieties. You can add vegetables like lettuce, radishes, beets, Swiss chard, turnips, cole crops like cabbage, kale and broccoli, carrots and more.

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EVENT: Spring Botany Walk & Talk
Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden executive director Keith S. Kaiser lead this spring walk that will feature flowering herbaceous plants and includes lunch.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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EVENT: Early Planting Secrets
Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster will offer up some gardening tips and tricks for the early season. You’ll leave inspired and ready to get the season started.
2 to 3 p.m.

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EVENT: Murrysville Home Show
Whether lawn or garden, fruit or ornamental shrubs, Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster reveals simple steps to growing a lush landscape organically.
2 p.m.

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Start thinking about tomatoes
Start tomato seeds indoors as soon as possible. The real trick to growing them from seed is to have a strong light source (probably artificial). Most tomatoes won’t go into the ground until Memorial Day.

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Add pansies, violas now
Pansies and violas thrive in the cool temperatures of April. These smiling flowers are perfect for containers, adding instant color around the house. They’re edible, too!

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Eat your weeds!
As long as you know what you’re looking at, dandelions, chickweed, bittercress and garlic mustard are all edible, tasty and good for you.

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Target your weeds
Weeds are on the move now, too. Get after them as soon as possible, before they take over the garden. A thick layer of newspaper is Doug Oster’s favorite way of dealing with weeds.

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Fertilize your lawn
There are plenty of organic granular versions that will do the job of fertilizing. If grass has the right pH and fertility, it will outgrow anything.

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Enjoy your garden!
April is filled with lots of garden chores, but take some time to enjoy the beauty, fragrance and peace the garden provides. Sit outdoors and soak it all in.

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.”