Gardening Tips

Fragaria chiloensis
Wild strawberry plants can cover a lot of ground
Here's a groundcover that is native to Oregon and doesn't require much water.
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Mature green tomatoes can ripen off the vine
A tomato is nearing maturity when it has a light green, almost translucent, appearance.
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Renovate your lawn after summer dormancy
OSU turf specialist Robert Golembiewski offers advice to help a drought-stressed lawn.
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Gardeners can help control the great escape
Gardeners can guard against and eliminate invasive plants, according to the new OSU publication "Invasive Species: What Gardeners Need to Know."
Bitter Nightshade
Take caution with unfamiliar berry plants
Many weeds have flowered and the "fruit" can look tasty, but should not be eaten.
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Plant or move plants in the fall to prevent shock
The wet and mild conditions of autumn can help prevent transplant shock.
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Educator's guide uses gardening as a learning tool
A new publication from OSU Extension shows how a full-circle approach to tending gardens on school grounds can help students understand how soil, plants and people are connected.
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Plant salad greens now for fall and winter harvest
In warm regions, plant greens now or use a cold frame or cloche in colder areas.
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Food safety starts in the garden
Fruits and vegetables can be carriers of pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses especially if animal manure has been used in or is near the garden.