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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

Gardening in raised beds has lots of benefits, but also challenges

By Jessica Walliser
There are lots of benefits to gardening in raised beds. Because they stand a bit higher than the existing soil, they’re often drain better after ...

Walliser: Spacing, circulation vital in strawberry patch

By Jessica Walliser
Question: We have trouble with our strawberries developing a gray, fuzzy mold and then rotting on the ground every year. Is there something we can ...

Here’s some straight dope on keeping carrots from growing crookedly

By Jessica Walliser
Misshapen carrots are the nemesis of many gardeners, and though straight carrots don’t taste any better than gnarled or forked ones do, they sure are ...

Garden Q&A: Learn to distinguish moles, voles

By Jessica Walliser
Question: Help! Our lawn is being overcome by voles or moles! They are tunneling and creating mounds of dirt all over the yard and at ...

Choose sweet peppers that will grow best in Pennsylvania’s climate

By Jessica Walliser
Sweet peppers are among the most popular garden crops. Though they aren’t difficult to grow, there are some special techniques you can employ to increase ...

Walliser: Most spiders fall into ‘good bugs’ category

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We seemed to have a lot of spiders in our garden last summer. There were big webs between some of our shrubs, and ...

Once frost danger has passed, time for warm-season crops

By Jessica Walliser
B ecause vegetable-growing season is almost upon us, I thought it would be helpful to create an easy-to-use planting guide for both new and experienced ...

Garden Q&A: Handle deer droppings with care

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I have a problem and hope that you can help me. My sizable flower garden has deer droppings all through the beds. There are ...

It’s time to think about planting cool-season vegetables

By Jessica Walliser
Because vegetable-growing season is almost upon us, I thought it would be helpful to create an easy-to-use planting guide for both new and experienced vegetable ...

Garden Q&A: Deer browse won’t kill all plants

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I was ill last fall and did not get to put deer netting over my shrubs. The deer have managed to nibble every single ...

Springtime means pea-planting time, but how should you trellis them?

By Jessica Walliser
Peas are a staple in my spring garden, and they’re one of the first crops I plant every year. As soon as the soil temperature ...