Gardening Tips

Slug. (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Make your garden less inviting to slugs
Stymied by slugs that can plod through your chard and cabbage, leaving a slimy trail of destruction? Put away that salt shaker, advises Robin Rosetta, an entomologist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Table salt can build up in the soil over time and damage plants.
Hori-hori knife. (Photo by Weston Miller)
Practical tools for the vegetable gardener
Many gardeners rely on a few "go-to" tools that make digging, planting and weeding easier in the vegetable garden. But how do you decide from the bounty of options available in the hardware store?
Trap for spotted wing Drosophila. (Photo by Amy Dreves.)
Keep an eye out for spotted wing drosophila in your yard
As backyard fruit ripens, it's time for gardeners to trap spotted wing drosophila. A new, easy-to-make trap design, based on recent research, will help gardeners monitor the invasive vinegar fly's presence in their backyards.
Wood chips. (Photo by Al Shay)
Pick a good mulch groundcover for your yard
When choosing mulch, "The coarser the better," according to Al Shay, an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.
Crab grass (Photo by Ed Peachey)
How to manage three common weeds in the vegetable garden
Knowing more about weeds can give gardeners a leg up in the fight, said Ed Peachey, weed specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Use pliers to form hooks at the ends of the panel. (Photo by Sharon Andrews.)
Help your tomatoes stand tall with a DIY tomato cage
Giving tomato plants a boost can make a difference in the amount of fruit the plant produces, according to Master Gardeners trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Turfgrass (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Two ways to uproot your lawn
Grass lawns are the default for most yards, but a few people realize there are other options, like edible landscaping, a bark dust yard or low-maintenance groundcover.
Fava beans (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Plan ahead to plant cover crops for healthy garden soil
Cover crops protect the soil from rain, add organic matter to the soil and in some cases add nitrogen to the soil to help plants grow.
Gymnosporangium libocedri (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Watch out for rust that can jump from incense cedars to fruit trees
Are globs of bright orange goo attacking both your incense cedar and pear trees? You could be dealing with a potentially devastating fungus known as Pacific coast pear rust.
Sunflower (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Easy ways to conserve water in the garden during a dry year
In a dry year, use water wisely, the Oregon State University Extension Service advises.