Fall-planted bulbs lead to a colorful spring

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau Fall is in the air and that means it’s time for mums, pumpkins, apples … and planting spring-blooming flower bulbs! Invest an hour or two this fall to enjoy weeks of color next spring. Flowering fall bulbs have an important energy reserve. Inside each bulb is a reserve of stored energy that […]

Houseplants Make Us Happy, Keep Us Healthy!

Originally appeared at National Gardening Bureau The houseplant is making a comeback, and it couldn’t come at a better time than in the midst of a pandemic. With so many people these days working from home offices and generally spending more time in their kitchens, living rooms, and family rooms, houseplants provide environmental, health, and ornamental benefits […]

Know when it’s time to harvest apples and pears

Anticipation of ripe pears and apples peaks in fall as fruits hang heavily from branches and begin their gravity-aided trip to the ground. But how do you know when it’s prime picking time? According to Steve Castagnoli, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, the signs are different for apples and pears. “It’s much […]

#FallisforPlanting Fall-Planted Bulbs Guarantee a Colorful Spring Garden

Fall-Planted Bulbs Guarantee a Colorful Spring Garden Fall is in the air and that means it’s time for mums, pumpkins, apples… and planting spring-blooming flower bulbs! Invest an hour or two this fall to enjoy weeks of color next spring. Flowering fall bulbs have an important energy reserve. Inside each bulb is a reserve of stored energy […]

The Home Ignition Zone: Protecting Your Property from Wildfire

By Max Bennett | Clint Nichols Learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. OSU Extension Service created handy worksheets to help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines. Download THE HOME […]

Take precautions when wildfire ash falls on fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts. Rinsing the produce outside and then again in the kitchen sink will help remove ash and the particulates that accompany it, according to Brooke Edmunds, associate professor and […]

#Fallisforplanting Perennials Plus Tomato, Bacon & Basil Tart 😋

Tips on planting your perennials this Fall Fall is a great time to add perennials to your Victory Garden 2.0! Fall may be a better time to plant perennials than spring. Like spring, fall has cooler, rainier weather that is more conducive to helping plants establish. Unlike spring, fall doesn’t subject freshly planted perennials to […]

#Fallisforplanting (Dividing) Bearded Irises Plus Marvelous Marigolds!

In this, the Year of the Iris, let’s talk a bit about a Victory Garden 2.0 fall gardening task that comes up every few years: dividing your bearded irises (Iris × germanica). This iris, often called German iris, produces large multicolored flowers in late spring or early summer that bear, on their slightly drooping sepals, a fuzzy “beard”, […]

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