Gardening Tips

Poinsettias (Photo by Hannah O'Leary)
Pointers on setting poinsettias outside
But should you put poinsettias in the ground after the holidays?
Christmas tree needles
Spruce up your Christmas tree with these tips
A Christmas tree specialist with the OSU Extension Service says there are several things you can do to keep your tree fresh through the holidays.
Photo of leaves.
Mulch is a key to no-till gardens
The crux of no-till gardening is to pile on enough mulch so that weeds don't germinate and grow up through it.
Photo of tomatoes.
Got tons of tomatoes? Try drying them.
Plug in the dehydrator and start slicing those tomatoes.
Photo of tomatoes on the vine.
Need help with your problematic vegetables?
Learn to troubleshoot problems with your carrots, cabbages and tomatoes.
Photo of a grape with botrytis.
Don't let fungi sour your grapes
During the summer, grape growers should watch for powdery mildew and bunch rot, two fungi, that damage the fruit.
Picture of a Christmas cactus.
Christmas cactus care doesn't take a holiday
If you want your Christmas cactus to bloom in the winter, you have to take care of it in the summer.
Purple iceplant photo
Fight fire with plants? You bet.
Reduce the risk of a wildfire engulfing your house by surrounding it with fire-resistant plants.
OSU offers tips to deter pillaging raccoons
Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, offers advice on how to get raccoons out of your yard.
pesticide photo by Bob Rost
OSU guide shows how to use pesticides safely at home
An updated guide from the Oregon State University Extension Service shows gardeners and others how to use, store and dispose of pesticides safely.