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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

Get off beaten herb path

By Jessica Walliser
Stretch your gardening and culinary palette and try a few new herbs in this year’s garden. Here are some less-than-common selections to tempt you for …

Garden Q&A: Monstrous cardoon worth bringing into vegetable plot

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I visited a public garden in Philadelphia last summer and came across an enormous plant I was told was called cardoon. It was …

Coreopsis liked for a reason

By Jessica Walliser
I’m often asked to recommend plants for particular garden areas. For sunny locations, I’ve got a long list of favorites, but one particular perennial always …

Garden Q&A: Jimson weed beautiful, toxic

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: A flowering plant grew next to our bird feeder last summer, and no one was able to identify it for us. We are …

Play it cool when it comes to radishes

By Jessica Walliser
As far as spring vegetable crops go, none is faster — or crunchier — than the radish. Maturing in a mere 30 days, radishes are …

Garden Q&A: Nip rhubarb flowers in the bud

By Tribune-Review
Q uestion: My rhubarb comes up every spring. But before the stalks are even 10 inches high, it goes to flower. The stalks never mature …

Planting time for peas is upon us

By Jessica Walliser
At long last, it’s time to plant one of my favorite garden crops: peas. Garden peas, Pisum sativum, are divided into three common types: shell …

Garden Q&A: Slugs harmful but easy to control

By Jessica Walliser
Question: My problem is slugs. You can see where they have been from the slime they leave crossing my patio and up the sides of …

More plants, better gardens

By Jessica Walliser
Increasing the amount of plant diversity in your landscape is a giant step toward creating a more self-sustaining, less-chemical-dependent garden. Plus, a greater variety of …

Garden Q&A: Fragrance often gets short shrift

By Jessica Walliser
Question: Four years ago, we moved to a new home. Over the past few years, I’ve planted two of my favorite plants: lilacs and peonies. …

Pretty garden need not be hard

By Jessica Walliser
Ornamental plants are the core of most gardens, and they are often where we find the greatest pleasure. The trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials …