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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 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. ...

Garden Q&A: Household items can be easily transformed into whimsical planters

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I want to use an old cast-iron tub to plant some cold-weather veggies. What kind of soil should I use, and what type of plants should I try? How deep should the soil be? Should ...

Goldenrod treats your garden right

By Jessica Walliser
With so many wonderful, garden-worthy plants in the world, you may wonder why I think you should plant goldenrod in your garden. Chances are, you ...

Leafminer damage can be avoided with floating row covers in spring

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I was wondering if you could possibly help with a gardening question. Every time I grow spinach, it gets white splotches all over ...

Deadheading a key garden chore

By Jessica Walliser
Late summer is often a period of time when our gardens could use a little extra help in the appearance department. Yes, the vegetable garden ...

Overcome by weeds? Save newspapers for weed-free garden next year

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I worked so hard on my vegetable garden, but it’s disgusting. No sweet peppers. No squash. No beets. Only spindly tomatoes. Weeds are ...

Fragrant foliage useful in many ways

By Jessica Walliser
When talking about having fragrance in the garden, many folks only think about the heady scent of flowers. The blooms of lilies, angel’s trumpets, flowering ...

A helping hand can get zucchini plants producing

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: Both last year and this year, I planted zucchini plants. The fruits get to be about 4 inches long and then wither and ...

Hummingbird moth a sight to behold

By Jessica Walliser
Summer always brings a host of buzzing insects to the garden. One insect you may have caught sight of in recent weeks is the hummingbird ...

You might want to keep rabbits out or run them off, but what works?

By Jessica Walliser 8:57 p.m.
Question: Help! Rabbits are eating our garden. We have three young bunnies running around the yard, and I’m constantly catching them in the vegetable garden, ...

Garden Q&A: Give daylilies tough love

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I have a bunch of daylilies (mixed varieties and colors) that have finished blooming. Their leaves are turning brown and flopping over. They ...