Light exposure key for growing successful houseplants

Gardeners hear it often enough: right plant, right place. It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones. “Make sure you buy for location,” she said. “That will help solve many problems that can come […]

Put out the welcome mat for birds in winter

As we begin the slide into winter and summer’s bounty recedes, birds welcome the extra nutrition offered by backyard feeders. When putting out a banquet of supplemental food, high quality is essential, said Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. Mixes with red millet, golden millet, flax seed, rape seed and […]

Get the scoop on gardening with 10-Minute University handouts

Ten years ago, the Clackamas chapter of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners came up with the idea to offer gardeners research-based information in small, digestible pieces. The result was 10-Minute University, which was unveiled at the annual Spring Garden Fair where gardeners are hungry for guidance. “We thought maybe we should do […]

Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom

When it comes to plants, bulbs are about as easy as it gets. “You plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall, they grow over winter, flourish in spring and go dormant in summer,” said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Once they’re in the ground, they do quite well over multiple years with […]

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables, here’s a tip. Consider letting some plants go to seed so you can harvest them for planting next year. “Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State […]

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