Gardening Tips

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Guidebook identifies good bugs and the bad bugs they love to eat
You can become familiar with beneficial predators and learn what plants attract them to your garden.
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Fragrant sweet peas please the gardener more than the bee
Sweet peas have transplanted well to all parts of the world, especially throughout Oregon.
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OSU recommends colorful potatoes for home gardens
Several colorful potatoes come from variety trials at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm.
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Asparagus rewards patience
Once established, asparagus is easy to grow and can last for decades.
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Repair winter storm-damaged trees and shrubs promptly for best results
OSU Extension horticulturist gives hints on how to make repairs on woody trees and shrubs, damaged by winter storms.
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Plant bulbs this spring and summer for all-year color
After the spring show of flowers, gardeners may be at a loss on how to top the early vibrant color.
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Prune to keep ornamental shrubs healthy
Pruning is one of the most important tasks to keep shrubs and bushes healthy
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Publication reminds how to stop spread of Sudden Oak Death
Humans help spread the disease when they transport infected plants, plant parts or infested soil.
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Think like a plant when measuring soil pH
Think of yourself in a swimming pool. If the water is too cold, or the chlorine makes your eyes hurt, you don't want to be there.
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Spring is a good time to fertilize young trees and shrubs
When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall.