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Free gardening/cooking demonstration Sunday with Doug and free garlic and garden swag too!

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog Janoskis GarlicThis 'German White' garlic was just pulled at Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse when I arrived. I wish you could smell it! Photos by Doug Oster

blog 3 Victoria BlueWe've got two flats of 'Victoria Blue' salvia to give away.This Sunday, June 28, 2015 I'll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser for our free monthly gardening/cooking demonstration at three Giant Eagle Market District Stores on Sunday.

We're at the Bethel Park GEMD at 9:30am, Waterworks at 12 noon and Pine at 2:30pm.

The event is all about herbs. How to grow them and use them in the kitchen. We'll be cooking Grilled Trout with Oregano and Grilled Rosemary Onions. They'll also be an herb tasting with the Giant Eagle chefs too. The Organic Gardeners also have lots of garden swag to giveaway too. Seeds, AAS winning daylilies, BrazelBerry blueberry plants, Soergel Orchards gift certificates, two flats of 'Victoria Blue' salvia courtesy of Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse. Janoski's has also sweetened the pot with 50 heads of fresh 'German White' garlic for planting!

Hope to see you there!

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#SettingtheSEEN: Bring Your Appetite!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

I hope you are hungry! This week's Setting the SEEN checks out the newest addition to Market Square...the Market St. Grocery Store...and it is full of yummy surprises. (Italian wine bar, anyone?) Buon appetito!


And until next time...we'll be seeing you!

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#SEENonTV: Summer Fun in July!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

The summer is really heating up! So many great events to check out...and like Brenda hinted at (a great excuse to buy new outfits, too!) Enjoy this clip from KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live.

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It's a weed, or is it?

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blog insta impatiens weed 4Jewelweed isn't a weed at all, depending on who you ask. Photos by Doug Oster

It is a season of weeds, fueled by a wet, warm start to summer. But they can be beautiful, like most things in nature.

"A weed is but an unloved flower," Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

During a recent speaking engagement in consort with my friend Bob Mulvihill from the National Aviary, when the topic of jewelweed came up, he flatly stated, "I don't consider it a weed at all." That's because it's a great pollinator plant, and upon close examination the flowers are pretty too.

Jewelweed grows wild though the forest which surrounds my house and through the garden too. I spend lots of time pulling it out, when young, it's easy to remove. But there are always plants I don't get to and that's when I'm reminded how spectacular jewelweed flowers are.

It's actually a type of impatiens (Impatiens capensis) and the bees love it.

Take a close look at the flowers around your garden, the common dayflower is a weed I never pull.

Everyone enjoys blue in the garden...right?

I love the sky blue flowers and the touch of yellow on the inside of the flower.

Not all weeds need to be obliterated. What's considered a weed and what isn't is all in our mind. You either like the plant or you don't.

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them," A.A. Milne.

blog common dayflower 625Blue is my favorite color and that's what the common dayflower does best.

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Learn permaculture from the best this August

Written by Doug Oster on .

Cherry-tomatoes-4Darrell Frey, who is the farmer at Three Sisters Farm in Mercer County, harvests cherry tomatoes hanging from the second level of the bioshelter. Post-Gazette photo by Larry Roberts

 

I've known Darrell Frey for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of doing many stories and photos at his Three Sisters Farm in Sandy Lake, Pa.

The farm is a model of sustainability and organic growing practices. If you're interesting in learning about his techniques, check out the Permaculture Design Course at Three Sisters Farm.

The event runs from August 3 - 15, 2015  with a reduced Fee. $900-$1200 (work trade discounts are available).
During this 12-day intensive course, enjoy great food from local farms and country living at Three Sisters Farm, a 30 year old demonstration of permaculture, and visit other local examples of permaculture in action.

Learn the design process and co-create a design to enhance Three Sister's Food Forest. Experience hands-on applications of permaculture and team learning while sharing your own expertise. Acquire practical skills that can be integrated into your life and inspiration to create a more sustainable world around you.
Instructors:  Darrell Frey , author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm. Guest instructors include Liz Lynch and Michelle Czolba.


Cost: $1200, includes fees, food andcamping accommodations. $200 deposit by July 15, 2015.
For more information contact:
Darrell Frey, Three SistersPermaculture Design
134 Obitz Road, Sandy Lake, Pa 16145

Or by email  

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