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Clematis climb into a special place in the garden

As they climb up trellises and trees unfurling large, lusciously colored flowers, clematis put on a special show in the garden. These garden favorites need a little special handling at the start but...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    September 16, 2021 

Be safe: Develop good habits from garden to table

As more people pick up a hoe to grow their own produce, food safety becomes a concern. "Most people can't believe that their own habits could possibly be the source of problems and are not aware what...

 

Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil

ant to grow better plants, you first need to understand the soil. "The texture of a soil is its proportion of sand, silt and clay," said James Cassidy, a soils instructor at Oregon State University....

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 26, 2021

Start planning for cover crops

No one wants to think of harvest's end as the vegetable garden reaches peak, but now's the time to plan for cover crops to be planted in fall. Cover crops, also called green manure, include grains...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 19, 2021

Start planning for cover crops

rvest's end as the vegetable garden reaches peak, but now's the time to plan for cover crops to be planted in fall. Cover crops, also called green manure, include grains like winter oats and cereal...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 12, 2021

Better breeding brings begonias back into the limelight

Thanks to zealous breeding and new hybridizing techniques, begonias are booming right along with the renaissance of houseplants. Nicole Sanchez, horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 5, 2021

Keeping soil pH in the right range is essential

Often not considered, soil pH has as much effect on plant health as disease, insects, drought and drainage. Keeping pH in the right range for certain plants is essential, according to Weston Miller,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 22, 2021

How to care for heat-damaged plants

e distraught by the damage suffered by their plants during the recent heat wave. Questions have come pouring into Oregon State University Extension Service and experts weigh in on what to do now....

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 15, 2021

How to care for heat-damaged plants

e distraught by the damage suffered by their plants during the recent heat wave. Questions have come pouring into Oregon State University Extension Service and experts weigh in on what to do now....

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 8, 2021

Invasive jumping worms leap into Oregon

est that arrived in the United States in the 1920s as fishing bait and as hitchhikers on imported plants and soils, have vaulted into gardens and nurseries up and down the Willamette Valley corridor....

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    July 1, 2021

Tips for gardening in extreme heat

People and plants need care to make it through heatwaves without wilting. Erica Chernoh, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, offers some ideas to help keep yourself and your gard...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 24, 2021

Grow the best tomatoes

Knowing the whys and hows of tomato diseases gives gardeners a leg up for successfully growing the most-treasured of vegetables. Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 10, 2021

With a few tips and patience, gardeners can grow melons

Growing melons takes some effort in western Oregon, but with the right methods it can end in sweet success. With a warmer, drier climate, eastern Oregon is well set up for cultivating melons. Western...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    June 3, 2021

Save money and help the planetwith sustainable garden practices In a world of increasing cl

In a world of increasing climate change and the invasion of more exotic insects and pests, sustainable gardening is more important than ever. We can all do our part to help by changing our practices ...

 

Slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens

It's spring and that means it's time to start slugging it out with one of the gardener's most familiar, frustrating and certainly slimiest pests. You guessed it, slugs are ready to pounce – or,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 20, 2021

Fall in love with colorful, dazzling dahlias

Dahlias are addictive, at least for Julie Huynh Moore, an Oregon State University Master Gardener, who plans to grow 2,000 by the end of May. That's quite an accomplishment for anyone, but...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    May 13, 2021

Choose a lawn mower to fit your needs

Considering the 80 million home lawns in the country, there are a lot of people buying lawn mowers. How you choose between rotary, reel and electric models has to do with your situation and...

 

Plant veggies at the right time to avoid disappointment

Spring is here and you're raring to get your vegetable garden going. Well, hold on just a minute. Sowing seed or planting seedlings at the wrong time will bring nothing but heartache. One of the...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    April 29, 2021

Tips and tricks to save water during a hot summer

As the heat ratchets up so does water use, costing homeowners money and doing no favors for the environment. Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from Oregon WaterWise...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    April 22, 2021

OSU releases new, antioxidant-rich purple tomato The new Oregon

State University-developed tomato Midnight Roma follows in the steps of 10-year-old Indigo Rose, the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato available on the market. Indigo Rose was bred by Jim Myers,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    April 15, 2021

Picking up baby birds can do more harm than good

After hatching in spring, baby birds sometimes end up on the ground, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need help. It depends on how old they are, how long they’ve been on the ground and...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    April 8, 2021

Hydroponics: Speed fresh vegetables to the table by growing in water

Ask experienced gardeners what makes their garden grow and they'll come up with the same response: great soil. Good answer, but not the only one. The same crops grown in soil thrive in water, too, as...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    March 11, 2021

No room for vegetables? Pot up your plants

Many vegetables grow well in containers located on a patio, porch, balcony or windowsill, so don’t let lack of yard space keep you from gardening this spring and summer. Limited garden space...

 

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...

 

Growing artichokes: Peeling off the mystery

          With deeply lobed silver leaves and a 3-foot stature, the artichoke unfolds as much mystery in the garden as it does on the dinner table. Used to set off any color in a perennial border, as a striking specimen...

 

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