With the right care, asparagus beds will last decades

Growing asparagus requires patience – from planting to harvest takes two to three years, but the wait is well worth the reward. Homegrown asparagus is one of the earliest vegetables of spring. Its quality is much better than store-bought spears, and it’s less expensive. Once established, this vegetable easy to grow. And asparagus is beautiful. […]

Gateways and Gathering Spots: Your Guide to Garden Gates, Gazebos, and More

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau Impress your visitors with gates, gazebos, and other graceful garden structures that create warm welcomes and cool resting spots. Weary winter months make us long for spring, but chilly days serve a perfect purpose: planning garden additions. Walking in the winter garden helps you assess its bones—the structural elements of your […]

Free virtual Master Gardener education series open to the public

As more and more people discover the joys of gardening during the pandemic, the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program has introduced a new series of free virtual monthly classes. The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month […]

Learn the terms on seed packets to make the right selection

Beautiful seed catalogs hit mailboxes every January, tempting gardeners with full-color photos and glowing descriptions. Before you buy, though, read those enticing seed packets. Nichole Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, tells gardeners to plan before choosing seed. It’s so easy to go overboard. Of course, if you do there’s always someone happy to […]

Wisteria care: Take out clippers twice a year and go to town

Wisteria delivers a beautiful spring display, but this vigorous vine needs plenty of pruning to keep it from swallowing the garden. “Wisteria are very vigorous vines and can climb easily to 30 to 40 feet,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “They can be quite heavy and should be grown […]

Get a leg up on fruit tree problems with dormant oils

Just when you’re ready for a long winter’s nap, it’s time to tend your fruit trees. If you don’t, chances are they’ll struggle in the coming season. Giving them attention now helps ward off insects and diseases, said Steve Renquist, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service who has taught hundreds of gardeners the […]

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