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 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    February 8, 2024

Five tips for properly planting a conifer tree

If conifer tree planting is on your late winter or early spring to-do list, there are some things you can do to improve your success. When it comes to planting conifers, timing is everything,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    February 1, 2024

With the right care, asparagus beds will last decades

Growing asparagus requires patience – from planting to harvest takes two to three years, but the wait is well worth the reward. Homegrown asparagus is one of the earliest vegetables of spring. Its q...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 25, 2024

Learn the terms on seed packets to make the right selection

Beautiful seed catalogs hit mailboxes every January, tempting gardeners with full-color photos and glowing descriptions. Before you buy, though, read those enticing seed packets. Nichole Sanchez,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 18, 2024

Feed the birds in winter with berry-bearing plants

When winter comes and the menu for birds shrinks in urban backyards, they rely on the kindness of humans. That doesn't mean just a bird feeder of seeds and nuts. "Different birds are attracted to...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 11, 2024

Wisteria care: Take out clippers twice a year and go to town

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...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 4, 2024

Study shows some urban gardens contain too much organic matter

If you’re a gardener, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Add compost to improve the soil, feed the microbes that release nutrients, and grow better plants. But what if that isn’t always the...

 

Get a leg up on fruit tree problems with dormant oils

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...

 

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. An annual inspection is essential to head them off. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, start your...

 

Set seeds on the right path with homemade planting medium

While you’re battling the winter blues, make your own seed-starting mix and plan for the gardening days ahead. Home gardeners can start vegetable and flower seedlings indoors from four to 12 weeks...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 7, 2023

Maintaining a moss-free roof takes some effort

In the moist Pacific Northwest, moss on roofs is inevitable. The ubiquitous plant clings to shingles, causing damage that can lead to expensive repairs and replacements. There’s nothing to be done...

 

Colorful indoor plants make delightful gifts for the holidays

Winter-blooming indoor plants are a welcome way to take the edge off the chill and gloom of winter and make delightful gifts for the holidays. The choices go beyond traditional poinsettias and...

 

Six stellar shrubs to brighten the winter garden

Six stellar shrubs to brighten the winter garden In January and February, the flowers of winter arrive, blooming as cheerfully as the showoffs of spring. “One of the coolest things about gardening i...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 9, 2023

The debate over native plants and their cultivars gathers steam

Research to prove or debunk current opinions remains scarce as the debate over whether native plants or their cultivars attract and nourish the most pollinators. The research that has been done ...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 2, 2023

Gather nuts frequently as they fall from the tree

Hazelnut, walnut, or chestnut trees in your home orchard can keep you supplied with nuts for months if you know the best ways to harvest, handle, and store them. Harvesting hazelnuts means gathering t...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 26, 2023

Go underground for colorful spring bulb bloom

When it comes to plants, bulbs are about as easy as it gets, and now’s the time to get them in the ground. “You plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall, they grow over winter, flourish in spring,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 19, 2023

Saucy shrubs strut their stuff in fall

Mild days and cool nights this fall promised a spectacular show of color, and the promise came true. “This fall has been the best year for color in recent memory,” said Neil Bell, a...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 12, 2023

Five steps for saving tuberous begonias as frost approaches

In spring garden centers stock a tempting variety of brightly colored tuberous begonias that are hard to resist. Gardeners have a tremendous choice of flower color in shades of orange, pink, yellow, w...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 5, 2023

Educate yourself before using organic pesticides

Reaching for a pesticide – even an organic one – should be a thoughtful act. Nothing used to kill pests is risk-free. First, decide if you need pesticides at all by practicing Integrated Pest...

 

Now's the time to spiff up ragged lawns

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,...

 

Know when it's time to pick pears and apples

Anticipation of ripe pears and apples peaks in fall as fruits hang heavily from branches and begin their gravity-aided trip to the ground. But how do you know when it’s prime picking time?...

 

No-till gardening keeps soil – and plants – healthy

While the practice of no-till gardening is not new, information has traditionally centered on agricultural field crops. Now, home gardeners are catching on. “The concept of no-till has been around...

 

Planning now brings a good tomato season next year

For most gardeners it’s been a normal or above-average year for the country’s most popular vegetable. “It was a fairly decent season for tomatoes,” said Brooke Edmunds, horticulturist with Ore...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 24, 2023

Mothballs are a pesticide and should be used with care

Controlling pests outdoors is a common summer activity for gardeners, but it’s also important to know how to safely and effectively protect against an insect that feeds indoors and can ruin...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 10, 2023

Five Oregon gardeners recognized with statewide awards

The Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program and the nonprofit Oregon Master Gardener Association have recognized five Oregon gardeners with statewide awards that reflect their...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 3, 2023

Don't cut down that ash tree just yet

In the year since the emerald ash bud borer was detected in Oregon, questions have been pouring in about what to do if an ash tree becomes infested. Currently, the emerald ash borer has been found in...

 

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