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Tribune-Review Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts 'The Organic Gardeners' at 7 a.m. Sundays on KDKA Radio. She is the author of several gardening books, including 'Grow Organic' and 'Good Bug, Bad Bug.' Jessica Walliser can be reached via e-mail

Garden Q&A: Keep a running tally of favorite vegetables

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I grow lots of different veggies in my garden, but I’ve never paid much attention to which varieties are the most disease-resistant and which ...

Launch your wildlife garden with butterflies

By Jessica Walliser
Gardening for wildlife is a huge trend for the 2015 season, and hopefully, for many more years to come. Gardeners all across the country are ...

Garden Q&A: Mountain laurel a delicate shrub

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I have a 5-acre parcel of land in the Laurel Highlands of Somerset County. It is mostly level with a slight slope to the far corner. It receives direct sun most of the day from sun-up to approximately ...

Some perennials are grown for foliage, rather than just for flowers

By Jessica Walliser
Most gardeners tend to plan their perennial plantings around flowers, choosing plants based on flower color, bloom time, flowering height and the like. But the ...

Garden Q&A: Curtailing cutworms

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I had a big problem with cutworms in my garden last year. They chopped off all my snapdragon seedlings and a handful of my ...

Gardening markets abloom with many new kinds of flowering shrubs

By Jessica Walliser
In last Saturday’s column, I introduced you to some of the latest gardening gadgets intended to make your life in the garden a bit easier. ...

Garden Q&A: Tips for growing indoors

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I read your column about using a fluorescent shop light to grow basil and herbs a few weeks ago. I tried using a ...

Gardening treats are more than just what’s in the next seed catalog

By Jessica Walliser
Like many gardeners, I relish the chance to pore over seed catalogs during winter’s long hours, carefully selecting the vegetable and flower varieties I plan ...

Garden Q&A: Be vigilant against cabbageworms

By Jessica Walliser
Question: Every spring, we plant cabbage and broccoli in our garden, but by the time we’re ready to harvest, the plants are filled with holes ...

Snow can be positive for garden, but negatives can be a slippery slope

By Jessica Walliser
Believe it or not, all the snow Western Pennsylvania received this week isn’t as bad for the garden as you may think. Yes, heavy snows ...

Garden Q&A: Tuberous begonias’ beauty fleeting

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I love tuberous begonias and have had quite a few over the years. They are absolutely beautiful until they get powdery mildew on ...