Gardening Tips

What is mushroom compost?
Commercial mushroom growers in the Willamette Valley grow tons of mushrooms in an elaborate mixture that gardeners love - mushroom compost.
Why woodpeckers pound on your house
A maddening "thwack thwack thwack" on the side of your house may often signal the presence of woodpeckers.
How to help wild critters leave the attic or basement
Countless homeowners have had unwanted guests come and stay, both the human and the furry kind. Fortunately, it is easier to encourage unwanted animals such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons and skunks to leave your attic or woodshed than to politely ask y
How long do weed seeds survive in the soil?
Weed seeds can survive in the soil for years before they germinate and grow.
How to slow winter runoff, erosion and pollution in your yard
Check your property during or after heavy rains for runoff.
Hybrid? Open-pollinated? Clonal?...What's the difference?
As you pore over plant catalogues and contemplate flats of seedlings at the nursery, you may have the choice of purchasing hybrids, open-pollinated varieties or clones.
October veggies
Are you a vegetable gardener who lives at the coast, the Willamette Valley, or southern Oregon?
Good timing helps ensure corn picking success
Getting your timing right will help ensure a successful home garden corn harvest.
Green beans are an Oregon specialty
Green beans are a favorite in many Oregon home gardens.
Runner beans are beautiful and edible
If you have trouble getting other green beans to germinate in early May because of cold soil, try planting a patch of scarlet runner beans first before your pole and bush green beans.