Jessica Walliser

Leaves of bay laurel plant have universal appeal

Many herb enthusiasts are aware of what a delicious addition homegrown bay leaves are to the pantry. But this easy-to-grow culinary herb should be in ...

Lotus plants are a beautiful addition to a backyard pond

Q uestion: My husband built us a good-sized backyard pond a few years ago. We have some fish in it and a few plants. I'm ...

Luffa has a long growing season; sow seeds indoors to get a head start

Q uestion: I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I just found out that luffa is a plant, not a sponge from the ocean. Is it ...

These trees deliver winter beauty to your landscape

Though you may think evergreens and shrubs with ornamental berries are the only way to add interest to your winter garden, there are lots of ...

How often should you add mulch? It depends on what kind you use

Q uestion: Maybe you can solve a little disagreement my husband and I have about our landscaping. He says we should be mulching our flower ...

Hedgerows an underappreciated planting

As you plan your garden and landscaping projects for 2016, consider adding one more to the to-do list: planting a hedgerow. They were once ...

With right timing, gardeners can get two crops of kohlrabi per season

Q uestion: I got some kohlrabi in my farm-share box last year, and my family really enjoyed it. I have a little raised-bed garden in ...

Citrus plants require extra care in Pa.

Growing citrus fruits in Western Pennsylvania may not be easy, but it is possible. Not all citrus varieties will thrive this far north, but with ...

Many climbing annuals grow quickly and offer plenty of blooms

Q uestion: I am having a pergola put over my back sunroom steps and want to grow a climbing annual up it. I want something ...

Plan now for spring strawberry project

While many gardeners enjoy browsing seed catalogs and planning the vegetable garden throughout the winter, there's another project you can begin to plan now. Doing ...

Save grapes from fungal disease with thorough cleanup

Q uestion: Each year, I struggle with black rot on my grapes. I have used Serenade but without much success. Can you suggest any methods ...