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Homage to the Acorn

While walking on a narrow path to open up the chickens one morning an acorn nailed me right on the head. Living in an oak forest has its drawbacks, this is the year of the acorn. Some seasons the tree produces lots of their seeds. Folklore tells us that lots of acorns means a long

Same plant, different partners

  Since I live in the shade I grow lots of impatiens. Luckily impatiens downy mildew wasn’t a problem this season. I love to buy a flat of impatiens and mix them in with other plants to create different combinations. I’m mixing them with begonias, coleus, succulents and an old favorite, dusty miller. I escaped

Cool weather planting adds color to last through winter

This is a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live discussing what to plant right now to add color to the garden which could go all the way through winter. You can watch the video here. The things I love to plant right now are flowering kale, violas and pansies. The tall, tree like kale is a

Backyard composting and worm composting classes scheduled with PRC

Composting is the best way to recycle. When we recycle bottles, cans and newspapers, we’re doing it because it’s a good thing to do. When we recycle our food and garden waste, we get the direct benefit of the result in the form of compost. When we give plants compost, they have everything they need.

Garlic is Love! Here’s How to Grow it and Use it in the Kitchen

The unmistakable, intense aroma of garlic hits one squarely in the face when Ron Stidmon opens the door to his storage barn. The Beaver County garlic farmer is storing the nearly 50 varieties he sells in large bushel baskets filled with dry heads. They are beautiful, some with deep purple striping, others a creamy white,

Keeping fall crops safe from four legged pests

Fall is a great time to plant lettuce and other greens. The plants love the cool weather. If you’re unable to fence the whole garden, try fencing the plants themselves. In my case, I’ve got a fence around the garden, but there’s some place that the rabbits are getting in. Some cheap chicken wire will

Looking for an indestructible, variegated, fall blooming beauty?

Garden surprises make our little world go around, don’t they? Churchill Mayor Paul McKenna is obsessed with hostas, growing hundreds (if not thousands) of them in his pristine garden. It’s one of the most incredible landscapes I’ve ever seen. Like all great gardeners, Paul loves to share. After a visit, he gave me ‘Fried Bananas’

The Huntington Garden in California is Unbelievable

For days friends have been talking about The Huntington. This massive public garden and art museum is breathtaking. With temperatures reaching triple digits, water in hand, I headed for the Desert Garden on the recommendation of self described Gardennerd Christy Wilhelmi. “It’s like an alien world,” she said with a smile. She was right, it’s

The “Art” of Gardening Shines at LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden in California

  Bluebird skies and warm, California sunshine welcomed me to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. A fascinating landscape which pairs eclectic art with mature plantings. In the shadow or the San Gabriel Mountains, the garden is the antithesis of the lush spaces we’re used to in the east. Plants here have survived

Woolly Bear predicts easy winter

Folklore says the wider the orange/brown band on a woolly bear caterpillar, the milder the winter will be. The caterpillar on the right predicts an easy winter, and we could sure use one after the last two tough seasons. The legend of the woolly bear predicting the weather dates back to 1948 according to The

Fall Vegetable Planting Begins Now

                                  While drought and heat shut down the garden for the end of the summer, rain and cooler temperatures have opened the door for fall planting. It might be my favorite time of the year to put plants in

Join Doug on Saturday, 11am at Best Feeds for “Fall Gardening Tips”

Join me this Saturday September 12th, 11 a.m. at Best Feeds. I’ll be presenting “Fall Gardening Tips.” The free seminar will discuss giving new life to containers, fall vegetable planting, extending the season and more. The event will be at the Best Feeds North Hills store located at 2105 Babcock Blvd. in Ross. Call 412-822-7777

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