Garden Q&A: When planting a tree, keep root collar at ground level

To plant a bare-root tree, make sure the hole is wide enough but not too deep.

about 22 hours ago

 Cyndi Mullins-Vactor by her pond and patio in Whitehall.

A pond, plants and peace of mind as a garden evolves in Whitehall

Whitehall woman pampers her plants and fish to create a tranquil garden retreat in her yard.

1 week ago

 The colorful foliage of Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichti) contrasts with that of a Chamaecyparis in the background.

Plants that Penn State master gardeners really dig

A Penn State master gardener introduces three plants that she really digs: ’Komodo Dragon’ hosta, Arkansas blue star and ’Sun Sugar’ cherry

1 week ago

 Leafcutter bees damaged the leaves on this rose.

Gardening Q&A: Don't worry about separating bean seeds

Don’t worry about beans cross-pollinating, but different types of corn must be separated by at least 250 feet.

2 weeks ago

Workshops promote the virtues of vermicomposting

Vermicomposting puts worms to work turning food scraps and newspaper into organic fertilizer.

3 weeks ago

 A dawn redwood tree has a twisted trunk and unusual deciduous needles.

Gardening: A tree that knew the dinosaurs

If you want to grow a tree that the dinosaurs knew, plant a dawn redwood (as long as you have plenty of space).

3 weeks ago

 Todd Siegel in his backyard garden in Squirrel Hill.

How to grow a gardener

A water leak and a bare patch of dirt transform a non-gardener into a Great Gardens Contest winner for late summer/early fall.

4 weeks ago

 Different types of dahlias make an eye-catching arrangement.

For best results, treat Dahlia like a diva

Dahlia is a high-maintenance diva, but if she is treated well, she can be the queen of a fall garden.

4 weeks ago

Gardening Q&A: Lime sulpur spray may prevent peach leaf curl

Lime sulpur spray and proper cultural practices that maintain the tree’s vigor will prevent peach leaf curl.

4 weeks ago


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