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 […]

Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens

It’s spring and that means it’s time to start slugging it out with one of the gardener’s most familiar, frustrating and certainly slimiest pests. You guessed it, slugs are ready to pounce – or, more accurately, slowly slither – their way through the garden leaving wreckage behind. As soil temperatures start to climb, they rise […]

Wet weather invited crane flies to invade lawns

Brown and bare spots on lawns in western Oregon – some spanning large areas – are the result of a heavier-than-usual crane fly outbreak. “Some years are worse than others for crane fly infestations,” said Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Because of the especially wet fall and spring, they are […]

Add new flavor to the table with 8 unusual vegetables

David Coon is on a mission. Not exactly a Mission Impossible save-the-world mission; more of a quest. He’s out to educate others about the potential for unusual vegetables in the garden and the kitchen. Coon, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener, knew he was on to something when he’d be stopped in the […]

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