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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: Daffodils crowd each other out

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I have several clumps of daffodils in my yard that used to bloom beautifully every year. But for the past three years, they have …

Fast-growing hops makes interesting garden plant

By Jessica Walliser
My husband and I took on a new project this spring — growing hops. He’s a beer fanatic with several friends who are big into …

Garden Q&A: Blossom end rot a calcium deficiency

By Jessica Walliser
Question: My tomatoes are ripe on the top, but they are rotten on the bottom ends. What is happening? Answer: I believe your tomatoes are …

Parasitic wasps nasty but needed

By Jessica Walliser
I’d like to tell you about an interesting group of insects that plays an important and beneficial role in our yards and gardens: the parasitic …

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 8:15 p.m.
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 …