Gardening Tips

Turn weedy, boring curb strip into low maintenance flower bed
Your curbstrip – the area between the street curb and the sidewalk, might be a great place to develop a low-maintenance, low-water perennial flower garden this spring.
How to start garden seeds indoors
It is time to prepare to start seeds indoors.
How are hybrid and open-pollinated vegetables different?
Many home gardeners may wonder what hybrids are, as they shop for seeds and vegetable starts in the spring.
Bumblebees are important pollinators in gardens
Bumblebees play a crucial role in pollinating native plants, gardens and crops.
Recommended vegetable varieties for 2008
The OSU Extension Service recommends these varieties of vegetables (and melons) for home gardens in 2008.
Go through leftover garden seeds
If garden seeds are kept dry and cool, they last longer than in warmer and more humid conditions.
Less toxic iron phosphate slug bait proves effective
OSU research indicates that the less toxic iron phosphate containing slug baits are as effective as those with metaldehyde.
How to control indoor plant pests without toxic chemicals
Winter is a good time to check indoor plants for pests including mites, thrips, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies and aphids.
Grapes on a vine.
Prune your grape vines heavily in winter
When home gardeners prune their grapes this winter, they should remove the majority of wood produced the previous season. About 90 percent is pruned off.
Pruning keeps ornamental shrubs healthy
Pruning woody shrubs is one of those tasks that often gets neglected or forgotten.