Where gardeners turn for answers

Garden centers typically can offer their customers several advantages that big box stores can’t fully duplicate. One of these is the ability to provide customers with valid, localized information about the challenges they face. When I ask my neighbors, friends and other gardeners where they would go if they had a question about a problem […]

Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage due to drought

Even though we’ve had a mild summer, conifers in Oregon are still getting hit hard by several years of drought, to the point that many are dying. “Beginning in 2013-14, we started to see significant impact on Doug-firs in western Oregon,” said Dave Shaw, a forest health specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Since […]

Fall Garden Fair at the Oregon Garden

September 14 & 15 | 10am-5pm Oregon Garden Fall Fair returns September 14-15, 2019. This event in partnership with Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs will feature Horticulture displays, flower show, free seminars and activities, plant sale and children’s activities. Hours 10-5 pm both days, check www.oregongarden.org

No need to baby your corn to get miniature ears

If you grow corn in your home garden, then you might want to harvest fresh “baby” corn ears this summer. Baby corn, those tiny ears of corn popular in Asian cooking and a favorite in salad bars across the United States, is largely imported from East Asia. It is usually processed and sold in cans […]

10 low-water perennials that thrive in dry situations

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 low-water situations. To transition the landscape to water-wise plants, start with a small area such as a parking strip or an already-dry area of the garden, […]

Pull weeds as they pop or desired plants will suffer

Unsightly and seemingly uncontrollable, weeds have a way of taking over the garden in the time it takes to put the hoe away. Keeping weeds under control takes time and patience, but the effort is worth it, said Chip Bubl, horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. Plants – especially vegetables – have a hard […]

Rev up for another season of harvest by planting now

As we settle in at the table of summer’s harvest, savvy gardeners pause long enough to consider the coming season. “Most folks are familiar with and love summer vegetables, but if you want to maximize your food and nutrition, then growing fall crops is a great strategy,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State […]

The powerful beauty of peonies makes them a favorite in the garden

Along with hydrangeas, sweet peas and roses, peonies pack a wallop of nostalgia, bringing to mind romantic gardens of old. It’s no wonder their popularity continues to grow. Joyce Heinke was bitten by the peony bug 40 years ago and now has 58 plants on 1 acre and more coming along all the time. “I […]

Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation

Growing vegetables without irrigation may sound farfetched, but two Willamette Valley trials proved crops can be grown in home gardens without a drop of irrigation. At demonstration gardens in Benton and Marion counties, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners successfully grew tomatoes and other vegetables without irrigation except on the day they put them […]

Pet-safe gardening

A well-planned garden design provides something for each family member to enjoy. During warm weather, many of us spend as much, if not more time outdoors than inside. We like relaxing with friends and family, playing games, enjoying a good book, or even preparing and eating our meals outside. Creating an outdoor space that is […]

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