Consider the options when buying a lawn mower

Considering the 80 million home lawns in the country, there are a lot of people buying lawn mowers. How you choose between rotary, reel and electric models has to do with your situation and preferences, said Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University Extension turfgrass specialist. All three have their pros and cons. Rotary and electric mowers, […]

Tomato lovers: Grow the best by recognizing and solving common problems

Knowing the whys and hows of tomato diseases gives gardeners a leg up for successfully growing the most-treasured of vegetables. Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, troubleshoots the following common problems that might afflict your tomatoes as the season goes on. Blossom drop – It’s usually caused by dry soil and […]

Learn about latest garden design trends on June 17

The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers will present its 13th annual Designers’ Garden Tour from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. This is a rare chance for gardeners to see and enjoy seven professionally designed, private, residential gardens on Portland’s west side. The tour is sponsored by Al’s Garden & Home and HONL Tree […]

Samurai wasp takes on invasive brown marmorated stink bug

A natural enemy has arrived to help control the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, particularly orchard fruits and nuts. The samurai wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) is a tiny insect that hunts for the egg masses of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) and lays an egg inside each egg in […]

Bamboo Weekend – July 29-30, 2017

Ned’s Bash A fundraiser for the Ned Jaquith Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization supporting bamboo research. Saturday, July 29 – Bamboo Garden 18900 NW Collins Road North Plains, OR 97133 Starting around 10am and continuing until dawn. Potluck/Barbeque/Crafts/Silent Auction/Live Auction/Fun Activities for kids/workshops/campout in your favorite bamboo grove (optional)/singing around the campfire. RSVP: Bamboo Garden, 503-647-2700, […]

Bring tranquility to the landscape by building your own Zen rock garden

When Paul Jackson’s son graduated from high school, he received an unconventional but welcome gift – six yards of pea gravel. “He wanted a Zen rock garden,” Jackson said. “He pointed out the place in the backyard. I said, ‘OK, go build it.’ So, he did and when he went off and got married he […]

Create a small garden big on style and function

When it comes to small gardens, every plant, path and patio matters. “Everything has to function well, fit well and flow well,” said Eileen Obermiller, a landscape architect and Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener. “Small gardens can be a less-is-more situation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have it richly textured. “Lots of […]

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