Sustainable gardening Web page debuts

Last Updated: 
April 14, 2010

Sustainable gardening Web site

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Brief, fun and unusual tips on sustainable gardening are available through a new Oregon State University online effort on their Sustainable Gardening Media Web page.

Video podcasts and an illustrated show feature Corvallis gardener Teresa Welch, who demonstrates how she uses sustainable gardening practices throughout the year to grow vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. Welch is a previous OSU Extension publications editor and worked for 14 years on hundreds of publications about horticulture and agriculture.

Welch explains her sustainable gardening philosophy in short video podcasts. These iTunes podcasts can be viewed on devices such as iPhones and iPods. Among her comments:

  • Pollinators at work: "Everything has its job here. No one gets off scot-free in this garden."

  • Sweet potato cloche: "They never know they're not in Georgia."

  • Soaker hoses for everything: "You can plant onions close together with a spiraled soaker hose."

  • Have a few roses: "The former owner sprayed religiously, but there's no way I'm going to spray roses all summer."

  • What a cloche and some plastic can do: "I grow tomatoes, melons and peppers in a cloche because they love the heat."

  • Out of slug range: "Pole beans also use less space and are easy to pick."

  • Summer bounty: "There's not a lot of work to do at this point because it's too hot and dry for weeds to grow."

  • The joys of winter gardening: "Lots of good things to enjoy fresh over the winter."
  • Feeding the soil: "In the fall I just dig a trench, add the remains of plants and cover them with dirt."

  • The whole sustainability thing: "I like the sense of life everywhere."

Also on the sustainable gardening site are links to a special food issue of Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine; gardening news stories; one-minute audio spots; grow your own food and other "how-tos;" garden calendars and OSU Master Gardeners.

Author: Judy Scott