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Free seeds at Home and Garden show Friday and Saturday with Doug

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog fred limbaugh 37The late Fred Limbaugh with his 'Potato Top' seedlings. Photo by Doug Oster

It's the official start to the gardening season as the Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show begins at the Convention Center. I'll be there Friday from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon answering garden questions.

I'll also be giving away packets of 'Limbaugh Legacy Potato Top' tomato seeds and other seeds. The tomato is  a favorite around our area and the world. I ask people to grow out the seeds and send some back to me at the end of the season. Here's the full story about the wonderful Pittsburgh Heirloom Tomato.

Hope to see you there.

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LET'S MAKE A SEEN: Garden of Peace Project

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

There are certain people who inspire just by being themselves. Michael David Battle, founder and director of the Garden of Peace Project, is one of them. At just 26 years old, Michael  has already positioned himself as the one to keep an eye on in the upcoming years on Pittsburgh's political and humanitarian scenes. Michael began his journey in the political sphere at 13, when he realized that since he couldn’t vote in the 2000 election, his mission would be to register as many people as he could. This led to Michael’s next job on  the city council, before he decided in 2012 to start his own non-profit.

The Garden of Peace Project sprang to his mind when he began considering the ways in which marginalized people living in Pittsburgh navigate health and wellness systems. He wanted to create a network for those with limited access to transportation as well as information to get the help they needed to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

His vision includes a space for counselors, a low-income health clinic, and will be focused on helping the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, invisible minorities, asexual, and allies) population and those living with HIV. He hopes to create a place where people, organizations, corporations and communities can come together in a spirit of hope and collaboration to help empower one another and enhance the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of all people, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations within our city.

Check out Michael in the video clip below:

Together, let’s make a seen! To get involved or receive more information, call 412-879-0477 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also check out their website: http://www.gardenofpeaceproject.org

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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Growing plants on the windowsill might keep you sane!

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog window lettuceEvery morning I wake up to these lettuce, spinach and chive plants. Photos by Doug Oster

35 overallThese succulents grow in faux moss containers.Afternoon light streams through inside windows to illuminate beautiful, green plants. As the days get longer and the sun gets higher in the sky, windowsill planting is a great idea to try and keep us sane until the gardening season finally breaks.

It's been a tough winter which just won't quit. I've been filling my house with more plants to help me cope.

The latest planting is 'Black Seeded Simpson' lettuce along with chives and some spinach. I found a nice sized plastic planter which fits the space and also catches water in the bottom so I don't ruin the wood (again).

I've also had a wonderful time planting these cool faux moss planters. There's one which looks like a purse and another is a shoe.

Those are filled with interesting succulents. I use them in small containers because they don't require much care and they're beautiful.

There have also been a few new houseplants added (don't tell my wife). A new variegated pothos and  an old favorite, goldfish plant.

Everything came from Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin. Just walking around that place helps cure cabin fever.

I'm looking forward to the day when they can live outdoors in the shade, but that's still a few months away.

Since we're getting more light with longer days, it's time to fertilize indoor plants with a half strength, liquid organic fertilizer.

With more sun, the plants might need a little bit more water too. Most houseplants though are killed with kindness so get a good feel for how much water they require.

Although nothing can compare to working outside in the garden, there's solace in caring for plants which fill our homes. They are the prescription for sanity.

blog purseAbove is a purse of faux moss, below a high heeled shoe.

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blog window wideNot only are these houseplants pretty, they filter the air too.

blgo goldfish plant windowThis goldfish plant will enjoy the summer out in the garden and will bloom all season.

 

 

 

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Welcome and BE SEEN!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

 

Pittsburgh! Welcome to the Post-Gazette's new blog, TO BE SEEN! My name is Natalie Bencivenga, the new SEEN Editor at the PG.

natalieThis is my blog, the new home for events, parties and hot spots in Pittsburgh, new and old. On this blog, I also hope to shed light on remarkable people that are making a positive impact on Pittsburgh’s social and humanitarian scenes.

Look for upcoming video interviews with local movers and shakers, gossip about all the different galas and parties I will be attending, as well as my commentary on Pittsburgh’s booming nightlife.

If you have an interesting event, a show or a party coming up and would like the Post-Gazette to cover it, don’t be shy. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet me @NBSeen.

Together, let’s create a place where we can all be seen doing inspiring things for one another and our wonderful city!

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“Let’s Make a SEEN”

One of the most exciting parts for me in having this platform is to spotlight Pittsburgh organizations and causes that people may not have heard of before. As a social worker and therapist, I am well aware of the great work that people are doing right here in our city, but not many of us are well-versed in the important and valuable services numerous non-profits provide for our community.

In this section of my blog: Let’s Make a SEEN, I plan to highlight a new non-profit every month to encourage my readers to get engaged with creating parties and fundraisers around different humanitarian organizations that are not on everyone’s radar quite yet. Check out my blog tomorrow to learn more about "The Garden of Peace Project" and its founder, Michael David Battle.

 

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Guess which fast food chain bought Pharrell Williams' 'Arby's hat' on eBay?

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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The day after the Oscars, you'd think people still would be pondering Pharrell Williams' decision to wear tuxedo shorts on the Oscars red carpet. (Even for California, that seemed too laid back for the Academy Awards.)

Nope. His tall brown Vivienne Westwood hat (dubbed by the masses the "Arby's hat -- pictured in above Associated Press photo) from the Grammy Awards is what people are buzzing about.

The hat that inspired meme after meme is now in the hands of its namesake -- Arby's. The fast food chain bought it on eBay for $44,100.

Call it a win-win situation: Arby's got its hat back, and the money will support From One Hand to Another, a charity that helps put children in touch with technology and the arts.

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