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caterpillar

Doug’s mailbag: Caterpillars, mystery flowers, onions 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

Monarch butterflies get help from local woman who is raising and releasing them into the wild

Fat green, white and black monarch caterpillars climbed all over the milkweed plants along the driveway of Karrie Klug’s Slickville home. She was thrilled, gently removing just three of them and some milkweed for nourishment to display in a container at the Mr. Tire store in Latrobe that she manages. She was determined to raise

In the Garden: A perfect day to transplant shrubs

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster found the perfect weather to transplants a couple of shrubs. This is the perfect time of the year for the job.

Seeds turn into flowers

Doug’s mailbag: Seeds, leaf gall, bulb sale 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

Praying mantis

Doug’s mailbag: Praying mantis, tomatoes, crabgrass and shrubs

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

UPMC South Side garden provides therapy for kids

In Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, there’s a garden of raised wooden beds enclosed by a tall, chain link fence. Three 16-year-old girls struggling with anxiety, depression and other issues are just a few of the patients who use this space at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC as a therapeutic tool. Dr. Rameshwari

In the Garden: A trick for tomatoes

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster has a great trick to get those green tomatoes to ripen. He’s also trying to save a newly planted tree and getting a new variety of Joe Pye weed in the ground.

dogwood

Doug’s mailbag: Dogwood relocation, tomato issues and garlic soup recipe

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

Roses are a family heirloom for this gardener

Marsha Kennedy is warming up to her hydrangea after she’s finally coaxed it to bloom in hues of purple. It’s her favorite color, which is evident by her hummingbird print T-shirt and the purple tint in the 68-year-old’s hair. Her Wilkins Township garden is filled with pollinator plants like milkweed, coneflower, phlox, monarda, borage and

sunflower days

I have been growing sunflowers for years, and this year I believe my multi flower variety is the tallest ever…~13’ . Usually only the Russian Mammoth single flower claim to be 12-14’. I want to send you a couple pictures… Long live the mighty Sunflower!!!

In the Garden: Planting a container herb garden, bargain plants, deadheading and more

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster is still busy in the garden after a week away. He’s making sure containers are watered and fertilized. Oster also found some herbs on sale and is turning them into a long lasting herb garden. There are ornamental containers that need some help too. He’s also in the garden showing off a few plants you might be interested in growing.

Hummingbird Moth

Saw a Hummingbird Moth enjoying the nectar from some of my flowers

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