Jessica Walliser

Sunflowers a source of beauty, food

Amid the knee-high weeds, the overgrown hedges and the sunny afternoons of early fall, there is an act of nature that never fails to amaze ...

Remove patio weeds without danger to kids and pets

Question: We have a patio in back of our house. It's made of some type of landscape block and has been there for quite some ...

Miniature daffodils a spring delight

While it may seem like a leap of faith to tuck a bulb into the ground just a few months before the snow starts flying, ...

Get next year's herbs started now

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs in the garden. It's also the ideal time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. But what you ...

The Good Earth: Preserving hot chile peppers

Q uestion: I'm not complaining, but our hot peppers have done extremely well this year. Too well, in fact. I don't know what to do ...

Certain moisture conditions can cause tomatoes to split

Q uestion: We grew some wonderful cherry tomatoes this year, about a dozen varieties. The plants were fairly healthy, with just a few yellowing leaves, ...

Walliser: Time is right in Western Pennsylvania for planting

The weather is finally starting to cool, and it won't be long until fall is in the air. Over the coming weeks, many gardeners will ...

Yardlong beans are tasty and simple to grow

Q uestion: I've been a vegetable gardener for years, but I was on a garden tour a few weeks ago and came across something I ...

Turnips offer a sweet treat for autumn

Turnips aren't usually on someone's list of favorite vegetables. Few people would ever describe them as juicy, colorful or luscious. Nor are you ever ...

Sharp mower blades are important step to healthy lawn maintenance

Q uestion: We're having trouble with our lawn this year. While most of the finer-textured grass is thick and healthy, there are a few spots ...

Help bees by planting a pollinator garden

North America is home to more than 4,000 species of native bees. Sadly, many of them are facing dramatic population declines. Habitat loss, pesticide exposure ...