Pick up the pruners and head for the blueberries

Moderate pruning of highbush blueberries done every year can make the difference between a mediocre and a bumper crop – and production of quality fruit. Highbush blueberry, a native of North America, grows 6 to 12 feet tall and is the major blueberry-producing species in commerce. Its name refers to its tall stature. The best […]

Treat your Christmas tree to vodka? Only if you want to waste it

From vodka in the water to I.V. tubes in the trunk, there are lots of urban myths about how to take care of your cut Christmas tree. Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service, busts those myths with answers to some common questions.   Q. How do I know a […]

The winter garden doesn’t have to be bare of flowers

Plants that bravely bloom in winter come into color when we need it most, so take advantage and plant plenty. Many gardeners are familiar with late-winter bloomers like forsythia and crocus, but Oregon State University Extension experts suggest planting less-common trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for all eye levels of the garden. Some of the […]

Just say ‘no’ to bad gardening practices

No one likes to be told “no,” but sometimes you’ve got to buck up. Even the most seasoned gardener will admit to at least one or two bad habits. You know who you are; you haven’t cleaned your shovel all season. Well, we’ve gathered the expertise of eight of our Oregon State University Extension Service […]

Time spent in the garden now saves work in spring

Don’t hang up your gardening tools just yet. There’s still plenty to do. “It’s easy to forget gardening as we transition into fall, but work you do now will save you work next year,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “For example, add compost and lime to the vegetable garden, […]

Insects and spiders out to find shelter for winter

This time of year, insects and spiders are out and about – some in large numbers – looking for places to hunker down for winter. “Just like us, they’re coming inside to get warm,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “They’re not feeding on homes or humans, they’re just looking […]

Hydrangeas play a pretty role in the garden

When botanist John Bartram first identified a hydrangea native to the U.S. in the 1730s, little did he know it would become a mainstay of the garden with its iconic flowers implying romance with their blustery beauty. Hydrangeas populate millions of gardens and with good reason. They can be used as specimens in a place […]

Start now to get beautiful poinsettias at 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. To get you through the grief experts at Oregon State University Extension Service give the gift of good advice. Now’s the time to start coaxing poinsettias back into […]

Know when it’s time to pick pears and apples

Anticipation of ripe pears and apples peaks in fall as fruits hang heavily from branches and begin their gravity-aided trip to the ground.   But how do you know when it’s prime picking time?   According to Steve Castagnoli, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, the signs are different for apples and pears. […]

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