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 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...

 

Wisteria care: Get out your clippers twice a year

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...

 

Dodge the raindrops and finish fall garden tasks

The rains may have started, but there's still plenty that needs attention in the garden – if you're up for it. Layer up and dodge the raindrops and you've got plenty of time to plant, transplant,...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 4, 2021

Sweep wood ash from the fireplace to the garden

With last year's storms, particularly the substantial ice event, there's plenty of firewood around. Many homeowners wonder what to do with all the ashes left behind after the flames in the fireplace...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 28, 2021

Get color from poinsettias in time for the holidays

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. Experts at Oregon State University Extension Service say...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 21, 2021

Pot up some bulbs and dream of spring

In fall, gardeners settle bulbs under a blanket of soil and wait for spring to watch them flaunt their beauty. "It's easy to create a stunning display that bursts into bloom in the spring or early...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 14, 2021

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season's last vegetables let some plants go to seed and harvest them for planting next...

 

Become a Master Gardener™ in 2022!

Gardening education and advice is needed now more than ever. The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is training new community educators in 2022, who will help provide advice and support for...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 7, 2021

Get your garlic on: A primer 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...

 

Give plants a head start by planting in fall

Come spring, excited gardeners drive to nurseries, load up their cars and go home to plant. That's tradition. But fall planting also ranks high as a time to put plants in the ground. Nurseries may...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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