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In the Garden: Planting pansies with a friend, overrun with acorns and orchard surprise

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster has friend to help him fill containers with pansies and violas. He’s also been overrun with acorns and then harvests a native tropical fruit.

Skunks

Doug’s mailbag: Skunks, pawpaws and a memorial tree

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster offers advice on getting rid of skunks by removing what’s attracting them, pawpaws and a memorial tree.

Peonies are a deer resistant and beautiful perennial, many have a wonderful sweet fragrance.

Doug’s favorite perennials

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster is often asked for his recommendations on what perennials to grow, so here are a few of his favorites.

Planting perennials like anemone 'Queen Charlotte' will provide summer blooms for years.

Planting perennials now will pay off for years

Planting perennials now will provide blooms for many years. Perennials come back year after year and many times get bigger with time.

In the Garden: Fall planted vegetables

It’s part one of the “Keep Planting” series by Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster. This week it’s cool weather vegetables. He’s planting turnip greens, leeks, arugula and beets with the help of Max the Wonder Dog.

Doug’s mailbag: Mushrooms, harlequin bugs, fall planting and more

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

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory a nationally recognized leader in sustainability

For nearly 125 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been a destination for plant lovers and those captivated by the beauty of nature. Visitors have recently been treated to a year-long celebration leading up to the December anniversary. Throughout the decades the site underwent many changes. Sustainable start-up Since the early 2000s, Phipps Conservatory

Beautyberry

Doug’s mailbag: Beautyberry, nematodes, tomatoes and more

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

Allium azureum is one of the varieties with blue flowers.

Doug’s favorite bulbs and how to keep them safe from critters

Here’s my bulb primer with a list of fun things to grow. Snowdrops — These small, pretty white flowers have bloomed as early as Jan. 15 in my garden. You never know when they will flower; it just depends on the winter. I like to plant them close to the house, as they will sprout

Snow crocus blooms are always a surprise when they emerge. Photos by Doug Oster

Bulbs are planted now for spring flower surprises

Winter still had an icy grip on the garden after a brief thaw, when through the snow emerged the spectacular blue flowers of snow crocus, unaffected by the frigid temperatures. Even though I know where the flowers are planted, they are always a surprise. All it takes is a day or two in February as

Tomato plants

New Gardener: Tomatoes are growing (finally) and other updates

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. The garden is a lot more green since the last time I checked in. Four of the five tomato plants are loaded, albeit with green rather than red fruit.

Pokeweed

Doug’s mailbag: Pokeweed, bug identification and voles/moles

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

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