Enter to Win YGP Preview Party Tickets!

Random Acts of Gardening will be giving away two sets of two tickets to the Yard, Garden & Patio Show Preview Party hosted by the Oregon Humane Society. Be one of the first to get a sneak peek at the Showcase Gardens: Designers Challenge and the Urban Edible Garden: Abundant Nature, and mingle with other […]

Fingertip Gardening – Smart Phone Garden Apps

Will 2014 be the year I become at least as smart as my smart phone? (I’m a novice Android user and I’m optimistically doubtful.) My smart phone often rests on a rock wall or stump as I work in the garden, but I confess, I haven’t considered using it to help me be a more […]

Before & After

Sometimes it is just plain hard—or even impossible—to visualize how to use the space in our yards to maximize enjoyment and create the garden of our dreams. I spent hours looking down on my back yard thinking, “What can I possibly do to better define my wild, mushy, shady garden?” before making major changes.  (Note […]

Wonderful Edible Ornamental Kale

A 2014 prediction from the culinary community is that kale, the “super food,” will continue to grow in popularity. Nutritious as it is, gardeners shouldn’t overlook kale’s ornamental value. Tucked in amongst perennials and shrubs in sun and part sun conditions with well-draining soil, you can have your cake and eat it, too.  Photo: Territorial […]

Green Thumb Awards

Are you already thinking about what changes or additions to make in your garden for next year? Consider the new plants that won the 2014 Green Thumb Awards from the Direct Gardening Association in the US. According to the jury*, these are the best new plant varieties for 2014: Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ from Spring […]

Abundant Nature – An Enchanted Food Forest

Plans for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, are gearing up. For the past three years, the Urban Edible Garden feature has been one of the most popular aspects of the show. I predict this year will be just as popular. Four members of the […]

12 Things to Know about Mistletoe

Information re-printed from Wildlife PromiseWritten by Roger Di Silvestro, a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the author of many books on wildlife conservation and American history. Photo: NC State University Cooperative Extension Often used as a symbol of renewal because it stays green all winter, mistletoe is famed for its stolen-kisses power. But […]

Holiday Door Décor

Photo: www.bhg.com With our lingering cold snap, there may be slim pickings in the garden to embellish a welcoming holiday garland, but with a little creativity, it’s still possible. (Garden centers often have greens, cones and more for sale.) This photo was so inviting, I wanted to share it with you. Makes me want to […]

An Oregon Homeowner’s Guide to Tree Care

The Oregon Department of Foresting just re-released one of its most popular publications: An Oregon Homeowner’s Guide to Tree Care. The brochure covers a wide range of tree care topics of interest to homeowners, including the right way to plant a tree, proper pruning, proper tree care practices, and how to hire an arborist. Please […]

Collectors Conifer of the Year

The American Conifer Society (ACS) issued this warning when it announced its two Collectors Conifer of the Year for 2014: They both may cause severe symptoms of “conifer addition.” I’m on the verge of conifer addition myself so it’s probably just as well I don’t have enough sun in my garden to accommodate these beautiful […]

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