Gardening Tips

Snakes provide good pest control in the garden
Gardeners should be glad to see snakes around the garden, according to Oregon State University snake expert Bob Mason.
Crane fly--Are leatherjackets munching your lawn?
There may be leatherjackets munching your lawn.
Here's a less toxic way to help get rid of mosquitoes
Mosquito season is here.
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What are short day and long day plants?
Ever wonder why you have trouble getting your Christmas cactus or poinsettia to bloom again?
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.