Gardening Tips

Learn more about gardening with our 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.
Winter is camellia season
It was 5,000 years ago when the Chinese first brewed tea from Camellia sinensis.
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.
Douglas firs may suffer from swiss needle cast fungal disease
Do you have Douglas-firs that look brushy and stunted? Those trees may have Swiss needle cast disease.
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.
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.
There's no break for people who garden in clay
Clay soils are one of the biggest challenges to the home gardener