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Planting for pollinators

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog SCG BUTTERFLY72Bringing pollinators in to the garden is a good thing for many reasons. Photo by Doug Oster

This week's Pittsburgh Today Live show was all about urban agriculture and locally sourced foods. I showed lot of plants that are great for pollinators.

It's important for gardeners to lure pollinators to the garden as they will assure better blooms and more fruit.

Here's a link to the video.

I love bugs! There I said it. Did you know over 90 percent of the insects in the garden are either good or benign?
In my garden I’m growing a variety of plants to attract beneficial insects. They help me garden by pollinating flowers and vegetables and take care of lots of the bad bugs too.
The real key is to plant a variety of different flowering plants in the garden to bring in the good bugs.
Small flowering plants like thyme, oregano, thyme, sweet allysum and others all will bring in beneficials.
Here’s a list of the plants which are great for pollinators-
Coreopsis
Penta
Torenia
Agastache
Zinnia
Thyme
Dill
Cleome (spider flower)
Nicotiana (flowering tobacco)
Basil
Most importantly don’t spray the garden with chemicals, nature really does provide a wonderful balance when we stay out of things.

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You, too, can be part of the New York Fashion Week: Men's finale

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

John Varvatos Mens Fashion Designer  Steven Kolb PresidentCEO CFDA

NEW YORK -- It's been quite a week! And tonight the first New York Fashion Week: Men's comes to an end with the John Varvatos (pictured above at left with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb) runway show, the first for the American contemporary menswear designer in New York City since 2008.

"From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between [New York Fashion Week] and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned," he told media earlier this year. "After eight years of showing in [New York], I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience."

The runway show will be held tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Skylight Clarkson Sq., home to New York City's men's week in west Soho. The public can take in the stylish sights from home (or wherever they happen to be!) at 8 p.m. Go to www.johnvarvatos.com/runwaylive to watch or view it in the video player below. Photo: Courtesy of the designer

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Runway recap: The sights of New York Fashion Week Men's Day 2

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- You know you're in for an interesting day when it starts with a fashion show featuring models in a prison lineup.

From there, fashions during Day 2 of New York Fashion Week: Men's continued to capitalize on performance wear, monochrome palettes and occasional nods to tailored skinny suits.

See some of the sights for yourself in the video above!

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Take a tour inside New York Fashion Week: Men's headquarters (in less than 60 seconds)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

SkylightClarksonSq

NEW YORK -- The trends aren't all that people are talking about at the first New York Fashion Week: Men's. The Skylight Clarkson Sq., the venue for the bulk of the action, also is in the spotlight.

A former terminal for the Highline, this industrial spot in west Soho has colored the event with a hip, urban vibe comparable to what is felt at other popular downtown fashion venues such as Milk or Industria Superstudios. Inside, the concrete floors, white walls and exposed beams give the space a raw, gritty feel -- plus make it very malleable for designers to transform it into whatever kind of backdrop they wish for their events.

At the heart of the venue is the lobby, a comfortable, inviting space peppered with benches, tables for eating and writing, phone charging stations and a few pop-up displays featuring some of New York Fashion Week: Men's major sponsors. There's also a cafe with health-conscious offerings such as yogurt, kale and rhubarb salads, salmon on a bed of bulgar and juices.

See for yourself in the timelapse video below! Photo: Entrance to the Skylight Clarkson Sq., home to New York Fashion Week: Men's. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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VIDEO DIARY: Trend spotting at New York Fashion Week Men's Day 1

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- The first New York Fashion Week: Men's began Monday with a showcase of looks from emerging menswear designers. Here's what we saw ...

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