Gardening Tips

Learn more about gardening with our Gardening Tips.

Raised bed cloche. (Photo by Sam Anigma.)
Six raised beds to try if you have bad soil
Afraid gardening and your soil are not compatible? Raised beds can come to the rescue.
Azalea lace bug (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Be on the lookout for azalea-damaging pest this spring
Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Lettuce (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Get a head start gardening in western Oregon with cool-season crops
Cool-season plants can be directly seeded into the ground in March in the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon.
Japanese Heritage Garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Daniel)
Japanese garden in Hood River offers ideas for your own yard
Tucked away in a corner of a public garden in Hood River, the Japanese Heritage Garden offers an unexpected place of quiet reflection.
Cherry tomatoes. (Photo by Rachel Beck.)
No space for vegetables? Try vertical gardening.
Hankering for fresh tomatoes this summer but don’t have space for a vegetable garden? Save room by training your veggies to grow up. Literally.
Leaves can be used in lasagna gardening. (Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist.)
Layer compost "lasagna-style" for no-till gardening
Also known as sheet mulching, "lasagna gardening" is a no-till, no-dig gardening method that turns materials like kitchen waste, straw and newspapers into rich, healthy compost.
Adaptive gardening. (Photo by Neil Bell)
Garden smarter, not harder if you have disabilities
A concept called "adaptive gardening" involves making small modifications to accommodate a gardener's physical injuries or disabilities.
Hazelnut harvest commences. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Choose blight-resistant hazelnuts for your orchard
Gardeners with small-scale orchards can take advantage of hazelnut varieties bred in recent years at Oregon State University that resist eastern filbert blight.
A Phragmipedium Red Sky orchid. (Photo by Judie Rickus)
Jazz up your windowsill with spectacular orchids
Do Oregon's short, dark winter days have you dreaming of the sunshine of exotic lands? Jazz up your windowsill with glamorous orchids.
A trench drain in Portland. (Photo by Derek Godwin)
Winter days are perfect for planning a rain garden
Oregon's winters are a good time to observe how water flows on your property so you can later create a rain garden.