Gardening Tips

Learn more about gardening with our Gardening Tips.

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Shred autumn leaves for compost piles and garden beds
Fallen leaves will break down much more quickly if you chop them into tinier pieces.
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How to successfully replant riparian areas
Riparian areas that are damaged can be replanted. Six manageable steps are detailed in a comprehensive OSU guide.
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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.
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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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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."
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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.