Amazing Gardeners And The Radio with Doug Oster

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Doug OsterDoug Oster is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener and co-host of the popular radio show The Organic Gardeners on KDKA radio every Sunday morning. He works as producer, writer and on-air talent for local PBS affiliate WQED-TV.  Doug has hosted, produced and wrote the one hour special “The Gardens of Pennsylvania” for PBS which won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary in 2009. His fifth book is on sale for the holidays. “The Steel City Garden; Creating a One of a Kind Garden in Black and Gold” demonstrates how to create a garden using Pittsburgh’s favorite colors. His most satisfying accomplishment though was founding Cultivating Success, a garden program for foster and adoptive children. The program operates in two counties near Pittsburgh.


In This Episode You Will Discover:

  • the change in thinking – cabbage worms vs. chemical poison vs. organic methods
  • the change in gardening pre-WWII and post- WWII…it’s not what you think!
  • the magic of floating row covers and 12 gauge wire
  • Doug’s obsession with gardening 365 days a year in the Pittsburgh weather!
  • Serenade organic fungicide
  • Yellow Bleeding Hearts
  • the secret to disease free tomatoes is hidden on the door to your fridge
  • growing wasabi – not for amateurs!






Resources Mentioned

The National Gardening Association –

Yellow Torch Mexican Sunflower – Baker Creek Seeds

Savvy Gardening –

Niki Jabbour’s Books

This is the book Doug mentioned on the show! 

Our Guest’s Links

Follow Doug Oster on Twitter –

Visit Doug online and read his garden blog – Gardening With Doug

Doug’s Amazing New Gardening BookThe Steel City Garden: Creating a One-of-a-Kind Garden in Black and Gold


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