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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: Handle deer droppings with care

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I have a problem and hope that you can help me. My sizable flower garden has deer droppings all through the beds. There are ...

It’s time to think about planting cool-season vegetables

By Jessica Walliser
Because vegetable-growing season is almost upon us, I thought it would be helpful to create an easy-to-use planting guide for both new and experienced vegetable ...

Garden Q&A: Deer browse won’t kill all plants

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I was ill last fall and did not get to put deer netting over my shrubs. The deer have managed to nibble every single ...

Springtime means pea-planting time, but how should you trellis them?

By Jessica Walliser
Peas are a staple in my spring garden, and they’re one of the first crops I plant every year. As soon as the soil temperature ...

Garden Q&A: Primroses a sight for sore eyes

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I was given four primroses from a friend last week. They are in full bloom. I love the colors and would like to ...

You can’t pick the weather, but you can pick when some plants bloom

By Jessica Walliser
When we get this close to spring, I start to get a little antsy. I’m desperate for the beautiful colors of homegrown flowers, but the ...

Garden Q&A: Greens add beauty, variety

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I’d like to grow some unusual greens in my garden this year. I always grow lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard and arugula, but ...

Unusual fruiting vines offer tasty options for Western Pennsylvania gardens

By Jessica Walliser
As you plan your 2015 garden over the coming months, consider finding room for a handful of fruiting vines. While many of you may have ...

Garden Q&A: Keep a running tally of favorite vegetables

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I grow lots of different veggies in my garden, but I’ve never paid much attention to which varieties are the most disease-resistant and which ...

Launch your wildlife garden with butterflies

By Jessica Walliser
Gardening for wildlife is a huge trend for the 2015 season, and hopefully, for many more years to come. Gardeners all across the country are ...

Garden Q&A: Mountain laurel a delicate shrub

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I have a 5-acre parcel of land in the Laurel Highlands of Somerset County. It is mostly level with a slight slope to the far corner. It receives direct sun most of the day from sun-up to approximately ...