Gardening Tips

Compost bins.  Photo: Oregon State University, EESC
Big maggots in your compost? They're soldier fly larvae
Big maggots in your compost? They're soldier fly larvae.
Prune lilacs soon after bloom
To keep your lilacs looking their best, they need to be pruned, fertilized and shaped almost every year, soon after they are done blooming in the late spring.
Ceanothus flowering shrubs are stunning in PNW gardens
Oregon State University Extension community horticulturist Neil Bell is working with the Oregon Garden to test 45 varieties of Ceanothus, a genus of native North American shrubs with about 60 species, to determine how well they perform in Pacific Northwes
Life teems in old oaks
Protect that majestic old oak in your back yard. It is not only home to your hammock, it holds an entire ecosystem of life in its limbs.
How to examine a deciduous tree with leaf-out problems
Barb Fick, home horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service offers some hints at how to give your less-than-thriving tree a closer look.
What's the difference between chemical, organic fertilizers?
Differences between processed and organic fertilizers are explained in this article.
Prevent hungry rodents from chewing trees and shrubs
Hungry rodents feed on is the bark of landscape shrubs and trees in the winter and are capable of damaging and even killing shrubs and trees.
Espalier training of fruit trees is fun, but demanding
Are you looking for a demanding but rewarding gardening challenge?
Less toxic ways to battle bugs in your summer garden
The saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" holds true with pests in the garden.
Store garden chemicals safely for the winter
Now that the gardening season has calmed down, you might want to think about safely storing those gardening chemicals for the winter.