Gardening Tips

Branches are weighted down under a Dec. 6, 2013 snow. (Photo by Denise Ruttan)
Eight ways to protect your garden from ice and cold
Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, advises several ways to protect your landscape from frigid conditions.
Test plot of grafted blueberry trees. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Blueberry tree could prove useful novelty for gardeners
Gardeners who like to experiment with unique plants will want to keep an eye out in a few years for a blueberry tree created by Oregon State University.
Nordmann fir needles (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
O Christmas Tree: Choosing beyond Douglas- and Noble firs
Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is often a very personal experience.
Tulips at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. (Photo by Betsy Hartley)
Now's the time to plant these six spring-flowering bulbs
It's not too late in western Oregon to plant spring-flowering bulbs that will infuse color once the gray days of winter retreat.
Gingko trees display fall colors on the OSU campus. (Photo by Paul Ries)
11 trees to plant to paint the shades of autumn
Don't let this fall's vivid colors remain a memory. Bring home your own spectacular display by planting a tree this winter.
Lime covers a farmer's field. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Checklist for putting your garden to bed for winter
The glistening cold of the Willamette Valley's first frost has ushered in the right time to clean up the garden.
Tomatillos. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Start planning next summer's salsa garden now
If the thought of green chile salsa makes your mouth water, consider designing a salsa garden for next summer.
Using a magnifying glass. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Ten questions to ask to diagnose a plant problem
You may immediately want to know "What's wrong with my plant?" when your tomatoes or azaleas appear wan. But don't stop there.
Vegetable scraps make good compost. (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Three solutions to common compost problems
As you recycle autumn leaves into compost this fall, consider the science that transforms waste into "black gold" for your soil.
Carla Albright's garden. (Photo by Carla Albright)
Coastal gardening brings challenges and rewards
Gardening on the often-extreme Oregon coast might seem intimidating and risky. But Carla Albright, a Master Gardener trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service who lives just north of Tillamook, wants to reassure you that it is possible to grow a wonderful garden — even if you live next door to the wild Pacific.