Start now to get color from last year’s poinsettias in time for 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. Experts at Oregon State University Extension Service say now’s the time to start coaxing poinsettias back into color and bloom for December. Sensitive to day length, the poinsettia […]

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables, you can 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 plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “If […]

How to rebuild healthy soil this winter

You can rejuvenate and replenish your soil’s fertility and structure at the end of the growing season by planting cover crops. With the first chill of fall, many gardeners sigh with relief.  Sweltering summer days filled with watering, weeding, and harvesting seems like a distant memory, while the promise of a winter rest entices gardeners […]

Flower Power in the Pollinator Victory Garden

Originally appeared in Nation Garden Bureau Flowers are some of the most important food sources for pollinators, but there’s more to it than planting flowers and waiting for pollinators to appear. A successful Pollinator Victory Garden achieves a balance between two seemingly disparate principles: plant diversity and plant sufficiency. Your garden needs to have a wide […]

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