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Activities & DIY Projects

  • Doug’s favorite bulbs

    Here are some of my favorite bulbs to plant.

  • Backyard composting classes, rain barrel workshops and more from PRC

    The Pennsylvania Resources Council can teach you how to compost, use rain barrels and recycle. This ...

  • Virtual Tomato and Garlic Days runs from 8/24-8/27 benefits food bank

    Tomato and Garlic Days at Phipps supports the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

  • Summer Organic Gardening Webinar series

    Free garden classes for gardeners on Medicare or receiving SNAP or WIC benefits.

  • Succession planting with Pitt Moss in your Victory Garden

    Succession planting is a great way to have a wonderful garden.

  • Planting tomatoes for early and healthy harvest from PTL

    Harvest the first tomato of the season and keep those plants looking good.

  • In Doug’s Garden: Making more tomato plants

    You can make more tomato plants by taking cuttings, it's easy!

  • Garden Tips

  • Extending the garden season in the Victory Garden

    Don't stop gardening! Plant now for a great winter harvest.

  • What to do with all those green tomatoes

    Don't pitch those green tomatoes, store them this way and enjoy them into winter.

  • Saving seeds is simple, but here’s what you need to know

    There are lots of plants that are easy to collect seeds from.

  • Debut of new video series “You Should Grow This.”

    Debut of "You Should Grow This." Plants that thrive where they shouldn't.

  • Slugs emerge during wet weather, here are organic controls.

    There are many organic controls for slugs

  • Ask Doug: Don’t kill this hornworm, crape myrtle hardiness and when to move iris

    Learn why this tomato hornworm should never be killed

  • In Doug’s Garden: Making more lilies (hopefully)

    Planting little bulbs found on a lily plants might lead to many, many more lilies.

  • Ask Doug: Serviceberry problems, perennial hibiscus and are tomatoes edible after groundhog damage?

    Marlene-Hi Doug. My 'Shadblow' serviceberry is inundated with small black seed looking creatures under ...

  • Poison ivy control tip from gardener is safe and inexpensive

    This is a great way to garden and stay safe from poison ivy.

  • China seeds and Christmas in July on PTL

    Here's what to do if you get a strange seed packet in the mail and celebrate Christmas in July with ...

  • Watering the garden the right way from PTL

    There's a right way to water the garden to keep plants thriving and healthy.

  • How to foil blossom end rot on tomatoes

    Here's how to stop blossom end rot on tomatoes.

  • The “other” radish harvest provides a taste of spring

    Did you know radishes produce something else edible besides the root?

  • Making Garlic Scape Pesto on Pittsburgh Today Live

    Garlic scape pesto is my favorite way to use the seed heads in a recipe.

  • Making more tomatoes and succession planting with Pitt Moss.

    Here's a great trick to make more tomato plants from the garden.

  • Container planting 101 for flowers and veggies as seen on PTL

    Here's a great formula for planting containers in the veggie and flower garden.

  • Planting a container with Pitt Moss

    Planting a big container with Pitt Moss!

  • In Doug’s Garden: Bargain hanging basket fun!

    It's so much fun to save money! It's bargain hunting time.

  • Succession planting with Pitt Moss in your Victory Garden

    Succession planting is a great way to have a wonderful garden.

  • ShrubBucket offers unique plants in a new way (with discount code)

    ShrubBucket ships interesting plants right to your garden.

  • In Doug’s Garden: The I can’t throw anything away show

    Growing up with two parents who lived through the Great Depression has made me just a touch frugal, ...

  • Planting tomatoes for early and healthy harvest from PTL

    Harvest the first tomato of the season and keep those plants looking good.

  • Advice for Japanese maples after the freeze from Davey Tree

    Here are tips to deal with a Japanese maple after a freeze.

  • In Doug’s Garden: Making more tomato plants

    You can make more tomato plants by taking cuttings, it's easy!

  • Plant a Victory Garden with Pitt Moss

    Plant your own Victory Garden with Pitt Moss!

  • Stories From the Garden

  • You Should Grow This: Japanese pieris

    You Should Grow This: Japanese pieris.

  • You Should Grow This: ‘Big Duck’ marigolds

    You Should Grow This: 'Big Duck' marigold. It blooms just about anywhere!

  • You Should Grow This: ‘Amistad’ salvia w/hummingbird footage

    'Amistad' salvia is a treasured gift from a wonderful group of gardeners. You should grow this!

  • The Great Garlic Giveaway

    Follow me as I deliver garlic for planting to a wide range of garlic fanatics!

  • Guest Post: Losing an old friend growing in the front yard

    One gardener reflects on the loss of an old friend, which graced the front yard for 15 years.

  • Had enough? Ready to throw in the towel? Keep gardening!

    Gardening is easy when it's easy and hard when it's hard. Don't stop!

  • Giant tithonia, deadheading, fertilizing containers and more

    Check out this giant Mexican sunflower and learn how to fertilize containers to make them thrive.

  • The story of the 3945 tomato found on WWII battlefield

    The '3945' tomato was discovered while crossing a battlefield during WWII

  • Thursday 7pm webinar about my trip to Croatia in 2021

    I'll be hosting a webinar on Thursday at 7 p.m. about the trip I'm taking gardeners on to Croatia in ...

  • Joe Hamm’s Daffodil Hortus bulb sale

    Below is an email from Joe Hamm who runs an amazing place called Joe Hamm's Daffodil Hortus in Washington ...

  • Poison ivy control tip from gardener is safe and inexpensive

    This is a great way to garden and stay safe from poison ivy.

  • Watering the garden the right way from PTL

    There's a right way to water the garden to keep plants thriving and healthy.

  • Making Garlic Scape Pesto on Pittsburgh Today Live

    Garlic scape pesto is my favorite way to use the seed heads in a recipe.

  • Tour the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden as seen on PTL

    The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has reopened. Come on a tour with me.

  • Container planting 101 for flowers and veggies as seen on PTL

    Here's a great formula for planting containers in the veggie and flower garden.

  • Planting a container with Pitt Moss

    Planting a big container with Pitt Moss!

  • In Doug’s Garden: Bargain hanging basket fun!

    It's so much fun to save money! It's bargain hunting time.

  • Phipps to reopen as seen on PTL

    Phipps is reopening!

  • All of Doug’s Columns for The Green Voice

    How to plant garlic and get five harvests.

  • Join Doug on a trip to Croatia on a private yacht July 2021

    We're going to have fun exploring Croatia next summer.

  • Donate extra vegetable seedlings to Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

    You can help the hungry by donating your extra vegetable seedlings.

  • Succession planting with Pitt Moss in your Victory Garden

    Succession planting is a great way to have a wonderful garden.

  • ShrubBucket offers unique plants in a new way (with discount code)

    ShrubBucket ships interesting plants right to your garden.

  • In Doug’s Garden: The I can’t throw anything away show

    Growing up with two parents who lived through the Great Depression has made me just a touch frugal, ...

  • Planting tomatoes for early and healthy harvest from PTL

    Harvest the first tomato of the season and keep those plants looking good.

  • Advice for Japanese maples after the freeze from Davey Tree

    Here are tips to deal with a Japanese maple after a freeze.

  • In Doug’s Garden: Making more tomato plants

    You can make more tomato plants by taking cuttings, it's easy!

  • Garden clubs donate seeds to food bank and others in need

    Garden clubs donate nearly 4000 packets of seeds.