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 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    February 2, 2023

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...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 26, 2023 

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 the...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 19, 2023

These 8 winter-blooming plants give bees needed nourishment

Bees and other pollinators out and about during the dark days of winter look to gardeners for the nourishment that keeps them going until the more abundant seasons of the year arrive. “Black-tailed...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 12, 2023

Gear up for the new year with 10 ways to garden on a budget

Any time of year is a good time to start a budget, but the new year when resolutions are in the air seems especially suitable. Since the gardening season is still a few months away, there's a good...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    January 5, 2023

6 winter-blooming plants brighten gardens in dark days

In January and February the flowers of winter arrive, blooming as cheerfully as the showoffs of spring. "One of the coolest things about gardening in the Pacific Northwest is winter gardens," said...

 

Harvesting peat moss contributes to climate change

The harvesting of peat moss used by gardeners and the nursery industry to improve drainage and retain water in soil contributes to climate change, according to an Oregon State University Extension...

 

Control moss in the lawn by keeping grass healthy

Many homeowners struggle with moss that invades lawns as winter rains provide just the right conditions for its growth. “The most frequent wintertime question I receive regarding lawn maintenance...

 

Gardening classes coming

Lane County Master Gardeners are offering public pruning classes in the winter and spring of 2023. Class participants will learn about pruning tools and equipment, tool care, as well as techniques to...

 

8 tips to gear up garden for cold weather

As freezing weather moves in, gardeners may be worrying about how to protect their plants from the cold. Experts with Oregon State University Extension Service, recommend several ways to guard your...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 8, 2022

5 worthy trees for small gardens

As cities get bigger, gardens get smaller and large trees no longer make the cut. No worries. The plant world teems with appropriately sized trees. The best place to start a search is in your own...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    December 1, 2022

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,...

 

Poor soil? Build up with raised beds

It's a lucky gardener who digs into great soil right off the bat. Most often, it takes years of adding organic material to bring it up to snuff. There is a shortcut, however. For areas of the garden...

 

Large increase of brown marmorated stink bugs poses serious threat to Oregon crops

The amount of invasive brown marmorated stink bugs in 2022 tops anything that was seen in Oregon for at least five years and poses a serious threat to Oregon crops and garden plants, according to...

 

Snip some stems and have new plants in spring

Snipping some cuttings from the garden will produce your own private nursery of plants by spring. Whether you plant the results of your "snip and stick" project or give them away, propagating by...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    November 3, 2022

Control slugs now as they lay eggs to hatch in spring

Just as we begin to think about wrapping things up in the garden for the season, slugs slither out of their homes underground to lay their eggs for next year. That means it's time again to slug it...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 27, 2022

Bringing color back to your poinsettias

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. To get you through the grief, Ross Penhallegon, a...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 20, 2022

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    October 13, 2022

Dropped needles not necessarily bad

Watching trees turn bewitching shades of orange, red and yellow is part of the magic of autumn, but seeing the needles on conifers fade to yellow and fall to the ground can be unnerving. Such...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    October 6, 2022

Pick, dry, and store seed for planting next year

As the garden 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 great way to learn about...

 

Draw the line against deer

A garden is like a box of bonbons to deer, and homeowners fill it with the candy they love most. "Deer are looking for the highest quality food and our yards often offer the best smorgasbord," said...

 

Cover crops benefit vegetable beds

If you're not acquainted with cover crops, here's the rundown: These hardworking plants can add organic matter and aerate the soil, protect it from compaction caused by rain, suppress weeds, and...

 

Establish a lush lawn by renovating or planting in early fall

Lawns languish in the heat of summer unless showered with the water they require to thrive. But not to worry, the grass isn't dead. Come fall when the rains start again, grass greens up quickly, said...

 

Don't worry, maggots help break down compost piles

Most people shudder when they see maggots in their bin composter or compost pile. They may be startling in their appearance and movement, but they won't hurt you or the compost. In fact, they play a...

 

Control sneaky root weevils with beneficial nematodes

Rhododendrons say spring as loudly as football says fall. Both have fervent fans and enemies staring them down. The teams that feed on rhododendrons – called black root weevils – are tiny...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Garden    August 25, 2022

Cover crops benefit vegetable beds

No one wants to think of harvest's end as the garden reaches its peak, but now's the time to plan for cover crops. If you're not acquainted with cover crops, here's the rundown: These hardworking...

 

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