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Azalea leaves which are still in fall color are covered in freezing rain.

Here’s what to do with plants when freezing rain blankets the garden

When trees, shrubs and other plants are covered with a thick coating of ice, the best thing to do is let them thaw naturally.

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Backyard composting, rain barrel workshops on tap for 2019

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is offering plenty of workshops next spring, with focuses on backyard composting as well as rain barrels.

In the Garden: Deer proof tulips, fig tree readied for winter, more planting

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster is showing how to plant bulbs, demonstrating the way to keep tulips safe from deer. He’s also revisiting what to put on crocus bulbs so that critters don’t eat them. He also found some cool weather crops to replace beets eaten by chipmunks. There’s also a great way to keep those chipmunks away from the plants in the video. A fig tree is being readied for for the winter. It’s important to prepare figs for the cold so that the plant will put figs on next season. Plus see how quiet the rechargeable battery-powered lawn mower is while shredding leaves. Don’t send leaves to the landfill; they can be composted and turned into something good for the garden.

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Doug’s mailbag: Canna lilies, elephant ears, daffodils/garlic and more

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster answers questions about canna lilies, elephant ears, pairing garlic with daffodils and more in this week’s mailbag.

Lexi Spivak, 11, a student from Ross Elemetary loosens the roots of a tree she's about to plant as part of a One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh event in Sangree Park in Ross.

Tree planting teaches many lessons, One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh is growing

One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh is growing

What’s your biggest garden disaster?

What’s your worst garden disaster? I would like to know. I’m putting together a fun story about how things can go wrong in the garden. Either post something here or email me at doster@535mediallc.com. Mine involves 300 tulips and an hungry deer!

In the Garden: Storing dahlias, begonias, cannas and more

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster shows how to save tender bulbs and tubers over the winter. It’s a great way to keep your favorites and save money. He’s also talking about tree and shrub planting and explains what to do is garlic has sprouted early.

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Doug’s mailbag: Hibiscus care, tomato seeds, daffodils and succulents

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster answers questions about hibiscus care, tomato seeds, a hard-to-find daffodil variety and succulents in the winter.

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Doug’s mailbag: Early garlic, pencil holly, hydrangeas and tree locations

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster answers questions about an early garlic growth, pencil holly protection, a hydrangea problem and tree location ideas.

These asters are blooming in front of the conservatory at Lewis Ginter Bontanica Garden in Richmond, Va.

Garden Road Trip: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va

Garden road trip: A visit to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va

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Garden shines at haunted mansion in Salem, Mass.

A stunning garden in Salem, Massachusetts, offers a peek into the past at the Ropes Mansion, which is said to be haunted.

In the Garden: Adding a Japanese Maple, planting perennials and cool weather veggies

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster is still busy in the garden. After losing a favorite tree over the winter, he’s found a beautiful Japanese maple to take its place. He also found a great deal on some deer resistant perennials and is filling the cold frame with cool weather vegetables.

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