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 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 Pokarny    Garden    April 28, 2022

Slug it out with spring's slimy pests

Follow the glistening trail and you'll find the gardener's most familiar, frustrating and certainly slimiest pest, the common slug. It's spring, after all, and as soil temperatures start to climb, slu...

 
 By Kym Pokarny    Garden    April 21, 2022

Be kind to your shrubs when you pick up pruners

You've got clippers in hand, a shrub in mind and a gleam in your eye. It's pruning time. But do you have a plan? Before you clip a stem, know your shrub, said Neil Bell, horticulturist for Oregon...

 
 By Kym Pokarny    Garden    April 14, 2022

Best ways to weed

Unsightly and seemingly uncontrollable, weeds have a way of taking over the garden in the time it takes to put the hoe away. Keeping weeds under control takes time and patience, but the effort is wort...

 
 By Kym Pokarny    Garden    April 7, 2022

15 ways to make gardening easier

When it comes time to garden, which is almost every day, 83-year-old Jerry Anderson stretches to warm up his muscles, picks up an ergonomic trowel and settles himself on a bucket in front of one of hi...

 
 By Kym Pokarny    Garden    March 31, 2022

Pump up your plant knowledge by learning family relationships

Learning to recognize 400,000 species of plants is more than daunting; it's impossible. But making a start by learning how to identify family characteristics can help you manage a healthier garden....

 
 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...

 

Speed 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...

 

Be kind to your shrubs when you pick up pruners

You've got clippers in hand, a shrub in mind and a gleam in your eye. It's pruning time. But do you have a plan? Before you clip a stem, know your shrub, said Neil Bell, horticulturist for Oregon...

 

Disease-resistant roses make gardening life easier

Struggling with rose diseases often converts affection to frustration for the millions of gardeners who grow the beloved shrubs. Instead of cursing the big three – black spot, powdery mildew and...

 

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...

 

Berry-bearing shrubs birds love in winter

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 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...

 

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