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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: Sneak some new potatoes anytime

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We planted potatoes for the first time this year, and they seem to have done great. The plants are very tall (almost 3 …

Good garden? Make a good path

By Jessica Walliser
Getting from one place to another in your garden shouldn’t be a challenge. The genesis of many garden paths is utilitarian. After all, we need …

Garden Q&A: Variety is key to growing garlic

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: My garlic did not produce as big of bulbs as it has in the past. I did it the same as I always …

Western Pa. a good place for eggplants

By Jessica Walliser
I didn’t really start to appreciate eggplant until I took a trip to Italy 10 years ago and ate some fresh-picked eggplant that had been …

Garden Q&A: ‘Proven’ pest-deterring plants

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I’ve heard that there are certain plants you can plant in your garden to help deter pests. Is there any truth in that, or …

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. …