Archive for March, 2015

Free cooking/gardening demo with The Organic Gardeners on Sunday at Giant Eagle Market District

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Join The Organic Gardeners Sunday for a free gardening/cooking demonstration.

Join The Organic Gardeners Sunday for a free gardening/cooking demonstration.


I’ll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser on Sunday March 29th, 2015 at three Giant Eagle Market District stores.

We’ll be talking gardening and cooking a special recipe from the onion family. Best of all you get to taste what we make.

We’ve also got lots of seeds and other gardening stuff to give a way.

We’re at the Bethel Park Giant Eagle Market District at 9:30 a.m.

The new Waterworks store at 12 noon

Then we’ll finish the day at the Pine store at 2:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

Jumpstarting the Spring Garden with Doug at Wholey’s Sunday 3/22/15. Free Cooking/Gardening Demo

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Join me at Wholey's this Sunday. I'll cook some tuna steaks for you and we'll talk spring gardening.

Join me at Wholey’s this Sunday. I’ll cook some tuna steaks for you and we’ll talk spring gardening.


I’m back at Wholey’s Fish Market in the Strip on Sunday March 22, 2015 at 1 p.m.
I’ll be talking about things to plant early in the garden. I’ve already got peas, lettuce, carrots and other crops in the garden. I’ll explain how to grow outside the limits of first and last frost.
I’ve got lots of free seeds of spring crops for everyone who comes.
Then we’re going to get the grill going and make tuna steaks with a twist.
Hope to see you there.

Peas and other cool weather crops jump start the spring garden as seen on Pittsburgh Today Live

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Peas soaked in water overnight will germinate quicker in the cool spring soil.

Peas soaked in water overnight will germinate quicker in the cool spring soil.


St. Patrick’s Day marks the traditional start of the gardening season by planting peas, but there’s still another month at least to get some seeds in the ground. It’s thrilling to be back in the garden.
I plant Oregon Sugar II Snow Pea every spring, soaking the seeds overnight in water. They swell to three times their size and sprout easier in the cool spring soil. But this year I decided to have some fun and try a couple different varieties. ‘Golden Sweet Edible Pod’ is from India and produces tall vines covered in pale yellow snow peas. Beside having a beautiful name which rolls off the tongue, ‘Blauschokker’ grows pretty, purple podded shell peas. The peas themselves are lime green and they look amazing, it’s going to be fun to add color to the spring garden.

My garden is filled with raised beds, they dry out quick. But, it was a wet winter and the snow took its time melting. I bought $20 worth of compost (half yard) and piled it onto the beds and then planted directly in the compost.
There are lots of cool weather crops that can be planted now, lettuce, radishes, Swiss chard, beets and more.
Plant something now and you’ll be picking with “normal” gardeners are just getting getting started. And that feels good.

'Blauschokker,' what a beautiful name for a pea. But the pods are amazing!

‘Blauschokker,’ what a beautiful name for a pea. But the pods are amazing!