Gardening Tips

leaves
Shred autumn leaves for compost piles and garden beds
Fallen leaves will break down much more quickly if you chop them into tinier pieces.
tree planting
How to successfully replant riparian areas
Riparian areas that are damaged can be replanted. Six manageable steps are detailed in a comprehensive OSU guide.
purple-leaf grapevine
Purple-leaf grape vine is an alternative to invasives
Purple leaf grape is a deep reddish purple. Its ornamental features and use as a climber or groundcover, make up for the lack of fruit flavor.
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'Growing Farms' planning book is available to public
People can use the book to process information, record their ideas and work through whole-farm planning.
worms & compost
Build a compost worm bin to enrich soil and recycle waste
A new 13-page booklet from OSU Extension tells how to do worm composting in a process called vermicomposting.
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.
green tomato
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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turf
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."