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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

Strategies for saving seeds

By Jessica Walliser
This is the second article in a two-part series on saving seeds. In last week’s column, I discussed how best to decide which vegetable seeds …

Knowing plants helps you save seeds

By Jessica Walliser
This is the first in a two-part column on saving seeds. Harvesting and saving seeds is an important part of gardening. Generations of gardeners have …

Garden Q&A: Steep what you sow

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I drink a lot of chamomile tea. I’m wondering if there is any way I can start growing and harvesting my own chamomile, rather …

Earwigs feared, but just for looks

By Jessica Walliser
Among the most reviled garden critters is the earwig (Forficula auricularia). The sight of a colony of earwigs creeping about the lettuce patch is often …

Worms, compost, let’s break it down

By Jessica Walliser
Vermicomposting, the process of using worms to break down organic wastes and create usable compost, doesn’t have to be a complicated process, nor does it …

Don’t be bugged by what’s in a name

By Jessica Walliser
Bug names probably don’t excite you, but, at the very least, they should pique your interest. There’s an awful lot of information in a name. …

Garden Q&A: Figs require TLC in Western Pa.

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We bought a fig tree this spring at a local nursery. We have it on our back deck, and it seems to be …

Don’t sweat watering plants

By Jessica Walliser
With summer’s official arrival, one of the chores many gardeners will find themselves focused on over the coming months is watering. Whether it arrives via …

Garden Q&A: Beetle has taste for potatoes

By Jessica Walliser
Question: We planted potatoes in our garden this year for the first time. I noticed small but fat, reddish-pink bugs eating the foliage. What are …

Black-eyed Susans cheery, easy to grow

By Jessica Walliser
Most gardeners are familiar with the common perennial known as black-eyed Susans. These cheery flowers fill our summer gardens with their beautiful yellow-orange flowers. They’re …

Garden Q&A: Pest impedes azaleas’ growth

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We have a number of azaleas on our property, and I noticed that the branches on many of them are covered in small, …