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 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 preferences, said Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University...

 

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 whether they are injured, said Dana Sanchez, Oregon...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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