Gardening Tips

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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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.
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Pears can be ripened to perfection
The colder the pears are, the longer they'll stay in good condition. In fact, they need to be cooled to ripen properly.
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OSU Extension food safety/preservation hotline expects more than 3,000 calls
Call the OSU Extension Service Food Safety/Preservation Hotline from July 18 to October 13 at 1-800-354-7319, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotline is staffed by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers and OSU Extension staff.
Fall webworm
Fall webworms have begun to appear in tree branches
The gauzy-looking tents at the end of tree branches are most likely fall webworm caterpillars working as a group to make a home.
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Check drainage to avoid salt build-up in planters
To avoid salt buildup in containers, let all the liquid run out of drainage holes at the bottom of the pot every time you water.
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Noxious knotweed resists conventional management techniques
A new Oregon State University Extension publication called "Biology and Management of Knotweeds in Oregon: A Guide for Gardeners and Small-Acreage Landowners" explains that the plant cannot be reasonably managed by non-chemical means.
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Healthy lawns need efficient irrigation
A new OSU Extension publication, available online, can help homeowners decide on an optimum lawn irrigation schedule.