Gardening Tips

Learn more about gardening with our Gardening Tips.

How long do garden seeds last?
Home gardeners are often frugal by nature.
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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?
Houseplants benefit from occasional bath
Houseplants don't need a bath often, but an occasional washing improves the plant's appearance and promotes plant vigor.
Soluble salts damaging to houseplants
Check winter houseplants for brown leaf tips, wilting, dropping of lower leaves and little or no new growth - all signs that your plant may be in trouble.
Ecolawns require less fertilizer, water and weed control
How would you like to have a green lawn that required watering less than once per month and only needed mowing once every three weeks?
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.
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.