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 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 8, 2022

5 worthy trees for small gardens

As cities get bigger, gardens get smaller and large trees no longer make the cut. No worries. The plant world teems with appropriately sized trees. The best place to start a search is in your own...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 1, 2022 

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,...

 

Poor soil? Build up with raised beds

It's a lucky gardener who digs into great soil right off the bat. Most often, it takes years of adding organic material to bring it up to snuff. There is a shortcut, however. For areas of the garden...

 

Large increase of brown marmorated stink bugs poses serious threat to Oregon crops

The amount of invasive brown marmorated stink bugs in 2022 tops anything that was seen in Oregon for at least five years and poses a serious threat to Oregon crops and garden plants, according to...

 

Snip some stems and have new plants in spring

Snipping some cuttings from the garden will produce your own private nursery of plants by spring. Whether you plant the results of your "snip and stick" project or give them away, propagating by...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 3, 2022

Control slugs now as they lay eggs to hatch in spring

Just as we begin to think about wrapping things up in the garden for the season, slugs slither out of their homes underground to lay their eggs for next year. That means it's time again to slug it...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 27, 2022

Bringing color back to your poinsettias

Holding onto poinsettias after the holidays is good for the pocketbook but hard on the ego when you can't get them to color up the next year. To get you through the grief, Ross Penhallegon, a...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 20, 2022

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    October 13, 2022

Dropped needles not necessarily bad

Watching trees turn bewitching shades of orange, red and yellow is part of the magic of autumn, but seeing the needles on conifers fade to yellow and fall to the ground can be unnerving. Such...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 6, 2022

Pick, dry, and store seed for planting next year

As the garden winds down and you pick the season's last vegetables let some plants go to seed and harvest them for planting next year. "Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about...

 

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 Pokarny    Garden    July 7, 2022

Know what your plants need before fertilizing

In a perfect world, garden plants would feed themselves. As it is, we've got to help them along sometimes. Plants take up nutrients from the soil but when those nutrients are missing, it's time for fe...

 
 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...

 

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