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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: Beware the peach tree borer

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We’ve had our peach tree for eight years, and it produces an abundance of fruit. My husband recently noticed a small wad of ...

Viburnum leaf beetles have made way to Pa., but you can limit damage

By Jessica Walliser
The viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni) is a relatively new pest to Western Pennsylvania. Now found in parts of eastern Canada and several states in ...

Garden Q&A: Less can be more with low-maintenance blueberries

By Jessica Walliser
Question: Our blueberries aren’t looking so good. There are lots of dead branches, and they hardly produced any fruit this year. They’re about four years ...

Garden Q&A: How to handle rhododendrons

By Jessica Walliser
Question: We have several rhododendrons on the side of our house. They’ve just finished blooming. This is our first year living here, and I’m a ...

Growing shallots can be an inexpensive way to add flavor to a meal

By Jessica Walliser
If you enjoy cooking with homegrown ingredients, and you’re looking to expand your garden’s offerings, consider including shallots in your vegetable patch. With their mild ...

Garden Q&A: Pepper success requires some prep

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: The past few years I’ve tried to grow peppers, but I never have any luck. The plant grows beautifully — and even develops ...

The Good Earth: Height makes right with super-tall perennials in your garden

By Jessica Walliser
Like many gardeners, I enjoy adding new plants to my garden each year. Though I adore small-statured perennials, there’s something appealing about using a few ...

Garden Q&A: Make sure grass clippings are safe for garden

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We live in the city and have a fairly small yard. I have a little vegetable garden and some flower beds, but most ...

Increase your joy about soy by turning your crop into tasty edamame

By Jessica Walliser
If you still have room in the vegetable garden, I’d like to tell you about an interesting crop you should consider growing. Everyone’s heard of ...

Garden Q&A: There’s more than 1 way to pest-proof your broccoli

By Jessica Walliser
Question: We grow a lot of broccoli and cabbage in our large garden. Every year, the cabbageworms attack the plants and fill them with ...

Keeping away garden pests from plants may have a silver-foil lining

By Jessica Walliser
I’ve been getting many reader questions over the past few weeks about preventing pests in the vegetable garden. I thought it might be useful to ...