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 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    September 29, 2022 

Draw the line against deer

A garden is like a box of bonbons to deer, and homeowners fill it with the candy they love most. "Deer are looking for the highest quality food and our yards often offer the best smorgasbord," said...

 

Cover crops benefit vegetable beds

If you're not acquainted with cover crops, here's the rundown: These hardworking plants can add organic matter and aerate the soil, protect it from compaction caused by rain, suppress weeds, and...

 

Establish a lush lawn by renovating or planting in early fall

Lawns languish in the heat of summer unless showered with the water they require to thrive. But not to worry, the grass isn't dead. Come fall when the rains start again, grass greens up quickly, said...

 

Don't worry, maggots help break down compost piles

Most people shudder when they see maggots in their bin composter or compost pile. They may be startling in their appearance and movement, but they won't hurt you or the compost. In fact, they play a...

 

Control sneaky root weevils with beneficial nematodes

Rhododendrons say spring as loudly as football says fall. Both have fervent fans and enemies staring them down. The teams that feed on rhododendrons – called black root weevils – are tiny...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 25, 2022

Cover crops benefit vegetable beds

No one wants to think of harvest's end as the garden reaches its peak, but now's the time to plan for cover crops. If you're not acquainted with cover crops, here's the rundown: These hardworking...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 18, 2022

Sunflowers burst onto scene with new personalities

As a child Harry Olson tended sunflowers in his parent's garden, watching them sprout and stretch twice as big as his small frame. For more than 65 years since he's not forgotten the experience. He...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 11, 2022

Seven steps to water wise gardening

Though the first half of July was determinedly unlike summer, saving water is a keystone to responsible gardening no matter the weather. "We have a role to play in preserving our natural resources,"...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 4, 2022

Eco-friendly lawns require forethought to attract pollinators

To support pollinators, people have turned to creating eco-friendly spaces around their homes, including replacing their grass lawns with flowering plants. That's no easy task, according to Carolyn...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 28, 2022

Giving butterflies a reason to stay

Fragile, beautiful, and fascinating, butterflies flutter their way into our gardens and seem to just as quickly wing their way out. It isn't because they necessarily want to leave, said Heather...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 21, 2022

Plant fall crops while enjoying summer's bounty

As we settle in at the groaning table of summer's harvest, savvy gardeners pause long enough to consider the coming season. "Most folks are familiar with and love summer vegetables, but if you want...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 14, 2022

Birds welcome variety that comes with backyard feeders

Even in summer when there's plenty of sustenance from plants and insects, birds welcome the variety of seeds and nuts offered in bird feeders. When putting out a banquet of supplemental food, high...

 
 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,...

 

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