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 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 30, 2022

Get ready, get set for summer weather with these tips from OSU Extension

As the warmer weather returns, it's a good idea to evaluate your garden for the upcoming summer. Take a lesson from the 2021 historic heat dome and be prepared to help plants through hot and dry...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 23, 2022 

Trapped heat is deadly to garden pests

Pests of all kinds plague plants relentlessly throughout the summer season. Many gardeners would rather not turn to chemicals as a solution. One option is soil solarization - a fancy term for a...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 16, 2022

Miniature roses deserve major attention

Small in stature but large on looks, miniature roses can make a major presence in the garden. "They make wonderful landscape plants," said Kathrine Johnson, an Oregon State University Extension...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 9, 2022

Moles, voles and gophers dig your garden

Spring brings buds and blooms, but it also brings moles, voles, and gophers. The small mammals take gardeners to their knees to peer down tunnels, set traps, and toss in everything from kitty litter t...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 2, 2022

Use natural enemies to fight bugs in the garden

As bugs begin to munch our plants, our thoughts turn to – what else? – how to kill them. Bloodthirsty as that may sound, most gardeners don't appreciate planting a garden only to have it turn...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 26, 2022

Permaculture: New course encourages sustainability, efficiency

As you walk from car to doorway, ripe blueberries wait to be plucked, the fragrance of basil reminds you of the pesto planned for dinner, a small slug meets its end before snacking on the lettuce...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 19, 2022

Mason bees and fruit trees share a two-way street

For mason bees, the wait for their first meal is a long one, six months if it's a day. There's no TV, no smart phone, not even a book to while away the time as these solitary bees hang out in their...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 12, 2022

Nothing beats bug patrol for organic gardeners

You've decided to go organic in the garden, but the products staring back from the nursery shelves seem as daunting as the bugs and diseases they're meant to control. What's a gardener to do? First,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 5, 2022

Get free, one-to-one gardening help

When you've got a gardening question, try tapping out a local phone number for a customized answer instead of delving into the impersonal internet. One-to-one contact could mean the difference between...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    March 24, 2022

Try companion planting

In the rows where your vegetables grow, good neighbors can make all the difference by helping with everything from pest control to providing windbreaks and shade. Pam Zaklan, who has been an Oregon...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    March 17, 2022

Old-fashioned sweet peas fill the garden with fragrance

Sweet peas are a classic flower in English gardens since they were introduced in the 17th century from southern Italy and have transplanted well to all parts of the world, including climate-friendly O...

 

Save money by starting vegetable seeds at home

The calendar doesn’t say spring, but gardeners are ready to go. Turning vegetable seeds into plants helps satisfy the urge to put hands in the soil. It’s best to seed cool-season crops such as...

 

Like diamonds, clay soils are forever

When you walk about your yard on a wet day, do your shoes stick in the mud? Could you make ceramic pots out of the soil in your garden? If the answers are yes to both, odds are you have clay soil,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    February 3, 2022

What are short-day and long-day plants?

It's discouraging when your lettuce bolts or you can't get your mum to bloom. There's a reason for that, and it's all about day length, which determines or how much light the plant gets. To...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 27, 2022

Use seed packets as miniature reference guides

From garden center racks and catalog pages, colorful seed packets remind gardeners it's already time to start thinking of spring. But before grabbing a handful and heading to the checkout stand, take...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 20, 2022

Stay on top of moisture and insect damage or pay the price

Ignoring moisture and insect damage in the home leads to serious problems down the line. Annual inspection is essential to head them off. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, start your inspect...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 6, 2022

Brewing beer? Go a step further and grow your own hops

As craft beer and home brewing continue to rise, interest in growing hops ferments among home gardeners. Shaun Townsend, Oregon State University's hops breeder, said he regularly fields questions...

 

Get a leg up on fruit tree problems

Just when you're ready for a long winter's nap, it's time to tend your fruit trees. If you don't, chances are they'll struggle in the coming season. Giving them attention now helps ward off insects...

 

Get your garlic on: Planting, growing and harvesting

Fall is a time to enjoy the harvest of summer, but don't hang up your trowel and pull off your gloves just yet – September through November is the best time to plant garlic. Garlic roots develop in...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 9, 2021

Tips to keep chickens in a laying mood

Care for chickens correctly and they'll reward you with cartons full of fresh eggs. Get it wrong and the eggs stop coming. The good news is that getting it right isn't difficult, said Jim Hermes, a...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 2, 2021

Myth vs. reality: What's the truth in gardening?

Reality can get skewed when there are so many sources of information – books, magazines, newspapers, nurseries and, most of all, the internet and social media open up lots of room for...

 

Arborvitae stands tall as easy-care hedge

For a hedge, arborvitae has a place. It's tall, skinny, evergreen, low maintenance, and cheap. "Some people look down on arborvitae, but it fits in places that other things can't," said Neil Bell, a...

 

Wisteria care: Get out your clippers twice a year

Wisteria delivers a beautiful spring display, but this vigorous vine needs plenty of pruning to keep it from swallowing the garden. "Wisteria are very vigorous vines and can climb easily to 30 to 40...

 

Dodge the raindrops and finish fall garden tasks

The rains may have started, but there's still plenty that needs attention in the garden – if you're up for it. Layer up and dodge the raindrops and you've got plenty of time to plant, transplant,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 4, 2021

Sweep wood ash from the fireplace to the garden

With last year's storms, particularly the substantial ice event, there's plenty of firewood around. Many homeowners wonder what to do with all the ashes left behind after the flames in the fireplace...

 

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