Archive for May, 2015

Rare heirloom Italian tomato plant giveaway Saturday with Doug

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

These are what Grandma Aiello's tomatoes look like at harvest. You can grow this rare heirloom if you come pick up a plant at Old Economy Village.

These are what Grandma Aiello’s tomatoes look like at harvest. You can grow this rare heirloom if you come pick up a plant at Old Economy Village.


For months, Dean Sylvester, horticulturist at Old Economy Village, has been growing ‘Grandma Aiello’s’ tomato plants. I’ll be giving them away this Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at Old Economy.

The rare seeds come from J.L. Hudson Seedsman, here’s the description from the catalog- “Medium-sized pink-red heart-shaped fruit with tender skin, juicy and delicious. This rare variety was brought from Calabria Italy by Maria Mazzie Aiello in 1929, and has been grown and saved by her family for three generations. Sent to us by Maria’s granddaughter Nicala Aiello. Large indeterminate plants, give support.”

I’m presenting “Secrets from the Gardens of Italy, How to Make Them Work in Your Garden”, at 10 a.m. during the Old Economy Garden Mart and Spring Garden Workshop. The event is fun, informative and the gardens at Old Economy are spectacular. Best of all, the Garden Mart and Workshop benefit one of our area’s historic treasures. People travel from all over the world to see this preserved village used by the Harmonists.

There plants will be given away on a first come, first serve basis and are exclusive to this event.

Hope to see you there.

Growing Edible is Small Spaces as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Tiny Tumbler tomato is a winner in a hanging basket.

Tiny Tumbler tomato is a winner in a hanging basket.


It’s all about the little things, right?

Every gardener knows that fresh produce from the backyard is the best there is. You don’t need tons of space to grow something edible either.

There are lots of ways to get that garden freshness in small spaces.

Tiny Tumbler tomato is grown in a hanging basket. Give it plenty of water and some fertilizer over the summer and you might be the first one on the block to pick tomatoes.

Lots of nurseries offer pre-planted herb boxes. They are packed with everything great for the kitchen. You could even buy some herbs an pot them up yourself. Keep the container right by the kitchen to add to your favorite dishes.

Hulu Berries are a white strawberry that tastes like pineapple in a container. Easy to grow and tasty.

Strawberries can even be grown in something called grow bags.

There are lots of smaller blueberries bred for containers too.
All the plants featured on the show came from Hahn Nursery in Ross.

Doug at May Market Friday and Saturday 12-3pm

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

May Market is a Pittsburgh tradition, there's something for every gardener.

May Market is a Pittsburgh tradition, there’s something for every gardener.


I’ll be appearing at May Market from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th, 2015. May Market is held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens and is a place to get just about anything you could possibly want for the garden.
I’ll be in the tent near the outdoor garden answering garden questions and signing books.
May Market is an important tradition in Pittsburgh and one thing you must have when you go there are the strawberries dipped in fondant from Rockledge Garden Club.
Here are all the details on vendors and events, I can’t wait!

Secrets to the best plants for mom as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

'Love's Magic' has the perfect name for a Mother's Day gift.

‘Love’s Magic’ has the perfect name for a Mother’s Day gift.


Mother’s Day usually kicks off the planting season for crops affected by frost, but this year it’s a little early.
My mom always said wait until Memorial Day to plant and mom’s never wrong!
I scouted Hahn Nursery for plants that return each season with special names which can mean something special for your mother.
'Custard Candy' is a great daylily and mom loves both, right?

‘Custard Candy’ is a great daylily and mom loves both, right?


Here’s a list of plants that will have mom remembering you every time they bloom
Love’s Magic rose
Itoh Peony Kieko (translates to adored)
Miss Ruby butterfly bush
Immortality iris
Bleeding Heart
Peach Flambe Heuchera
Custard Candy daylily
Fine Wine Weigiela (mom deserves a glass)

Of course when you give mom plants, the gift should also include a day of planting too.
Give mom something that she will treasure for many years.