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Don't be timid when pruning grapes

Once grape vines lose their leaves, the plants fade into the background of the winter landscape. That’s the time to take action and get out the clippers. January through the first of March is...

 

Butterflies wing their way into the garden

              By Kym Pokorny 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,...

 

Donʼt let lack of room discourage gardening

              By Kym Pokorny The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired millions of people to grow vegetables, but many don’t have room for traditional gardening. Don’t let lack of yard space keep you from...

 

Carefree succulents continue to grow in popularity

            By Kym Pokorny About 10 years ago, succulents began an extraordinary rise in po an extraordinary rise in popularity. They turned up everywhere – on windowsills, in wreaths and centerpieces, arranged in...

 

Use seed packets as miniature reference guides

                By Kym Pokorny 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...

 

Low-water perennials that thrive in dry situations

              By Kym Pokorny Pacific Northwest gardeners are faced with the pleasant dilemma of choosing from an encyclopedia-length list of perennials that grow in our friendly climate, and many of those thrive in...

 

Popularity of native plants is on the rise

              By Kym Pokorny As you celebrate spring, get your hands in the soil and start buying plants to decorate your garden, consider the benefits of natives. “There’s a new aesthetic,” said...

 

Arborvitae stands tall as a low-maintenance hedge

              By Kym Pokorny 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...

 

No room for vegetables? Pot up your plants

          By Kym Pokorny 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...

 

Wisteria care: Get out your clippers and go to town

              By Kym Pokorny 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...

 

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

          By Kym Pokorny 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 year. “Saving seed can be really fun and is a...

 

Encourage kids' imagination in gardens

By Kym Pokorny When grubby little hands grip your pant leg as you head for the garden, put them in the soil and they may dig up a lifetime of learning and pleasure. “One of the keys to getting kids interested in gardening is to get them...

 

Slug it out with spring’s slimy pests

By Kym Pokorny 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, slugs rise from...

 

Mason bees & fruit trees share 2-way street

By Kym Pokorny 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 tight cocoons waiting for...

 

Plant two times the flavor with edible flowers

By Kym Pokorny Pop some flowers in among the beans and lettuce and you’ll have two times the chance for an edible harvest. “Edible flowers look great in the garden and on the plate,” said Brooke Edmunds, horticulturist for the...

 

Onions for big summertime bulbs

By Kym Pokorny Get onions in the ground in spring and avoid heartbreak when it comes time to harvest big, beautiful bulbs this summer. Plant as soon as the soil is dry enough to work, said Jim Myers, a plant breeder at Oregon State University. March...

 

Put rose pruning and planting on the calendar

By Kym Pokorny Valentine’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to pay attention to your loved ones and your roses, too. On the west side of the Cascade Range, mid-February is generally time to start thinking about pruning,...

 

Invent your own festive wreath

By Kym Pokorny Wreaths hung on the door with care call out a festive “Happy Holidays.” Share that message in a special way by making your own circle of cheer with plants clipped from the garden or gathered from friends and neighbors....

 

“WOW” taken down

By Ada Weeks WALTERVILLE: We know summer is over when the spectacular floral hanging baskets are taken down from their custom metal supports on light poles at the Walterville Shopping Center. These beauties have delighted both local folks and...

 

Trees for fiery foliage

By Kym Pokorny When trees get dressed with the colors of fall, it’s time to go shopping. “If you’re specifically interested in fall color, it will soon be the time to start looking,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Orego...

 

Spiders earn their keep in the garden

By Kym Pokorny In corners and along baseboards, on ceilings and spun between shrubs, spiders crawl through our lives this time of year. “Spiders are on the move right now because they’re looking for a mate,” according to Gail...

 

Ten all-around great shrubs for water-wise gardens

By Kym Pokorny Hotter-than-usual temperatures and longer stretches between measurable moisture this year mean plants need more water from the end of a hose. Choose plants that require less water and you’ll save time and money and help sustain...

 

Espaliere trees for easy picking

Training a fruit tree into an espalier takes a good dash of dedication   By Kym Pokorny Espaliered trees bring fruit down to eye level. They allow for easy picking and take advantage of small spaces. But don’t kid yourself into thinking...

 

Cut down on chance of disaster

Cut down on chance of disaster with fire-resistant landscape By Kym Pokorny Drawing a line around the house with fire-resistant landscapes can mean the difference between a home consumed by flames and one left standing. “Fire specialists love...

 

Cool it down in the garden

By Kym Pokorny The forecast promises high temperatures this summer, so take care to protect plants for the long, hot haul. “Already this year, I’ve noticed soils are drying out more and sooner than I’ve seen since I moved to Portlan...

 

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