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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

Tomato ripening can be expedited

By Jessica Walliser
By the time early October arrives, many gardeners start to panic. They see lots of unripe tomatoes still on their vines and wonder if there’s ...

Garden Q&A: Trap crop can stop flea beetles from wreaking havoc on eggplants

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: Our eggplants were decimated by flea beetles this year. They chewed the leaves full of little holes, and the plants didn’t seem to ...

Autumn is a tea drinker’s paradise

By Jessica Walliser
If you grow herbs, you might want to consider making one more harvest before the gardening season ends. Though many of the common herbs used ...

Blueberry bushes need to have their roots protected to survive winter

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I’ve just ordered a ‘Top Hat’ miniature blueberry bush to grow in a container. How do I overwinter it? Is just putting it ...

Plant swap a win-win for gardeners

By Jessica Walliser
Plant swapping is a tradition nearly as old as gardening itself, and right now is the perfect time to host a good old-fashioned plant swap ...

Fungal growth on apples is harmless, but there are ways to prevent it

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We’re having a great apple harvest this year from our three trees. But, we noticed that many of the apples have clusters of ...

Take note of plants’ drought resistance during dry spell

By Jessica Walliser
The past two months have been a great time to assess drought tolerance in plants. We had a wet spring, but once July arrived, we ...

Sweet woodruff spreads quickly, but dormancy lurks in hot, dry conditions

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: Why is my sweet woodruff dying? It’s drying up and turning all brown and ugly. We are using it as a ground cover, ...

Spice up your garden with ginger

By Jessica Walliser
Ginger is a spice you may not have considered growing — especially here in Western Pennsylvania. But, this culinary champion is surprisingly easy to grow. ...

Blossom end rot can be fixed with proper watering, not more nutrients

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I am sending you pictures of my tomatoes. They have some kind of disease, but the plant itself looks healthy. The plants were ...

Garden spider chooses home wisely

By Jessica Walliser
A visit to the garden in late summer often means flavorful tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, golden sunflowers — and really, really big spiders. That’s right. Spiders. ...