Gardening Tips

Cherry tomatoes. (Photo by Rachel Beck.)
No space for vegetables? Try vertical gardening.
Hankering for fresh tomatoes this summer but don’t have space for a vegetable garden? Save room by training your veggies to grow up. Literally.
Leaves can be used in lasagna gardening. (Photo by Tamara Hill-Tanquist.)
Layer compost "lasagna-style" for no-till gardening
Also known as sheet mulching, "lasagna gardening" is a no-till, no-dig gardening method that turns materials like kitchen waste, straw and newspapers into rich, healthy compost.
Adaptive gardening. (Photo by Neil Bell)
Garden smarter, not harder if you have disabilities
A concept called "adaptive gardening" involves making small modifications to accommodate a gardener's physical injuries or disabilities.
Hazelnut harvest commences. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Choose blight-resistant hazelnuts for your orchard
Gardeners with small-scale orchards can take advantage of hazelnut varieties bred in recent years at Oregon State University that resist eastern filbert blight.
Hops grow at OSU's hop yard in Corvallis. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Brew your own beer? Why not grow your own hops, too?
With craft beer and home brewing becoming more popular, interest is fermenting among gardeners in backyard hops.
A Phragmipedium Red Sky orchid. (Photo by Judie Rickus)
Jazz up your windowsill with spectacular orchids
Do Oregon's short, dark winter days have you dreaming of the sunshine of exotic lands? Jazz up your windowsill with glamorous orchids.
A trench drain in Portland. (Photo by Derek Godwin)
Winter days are perfect for planning a rain garden
Oregon's winters are a good time to observe how water flows on your property so you can later create a rain garden.
Bushtits are frequent visitors to this suet feeder. (Photo by OSU's EESC.)
Don't let disease foul your bird feeder
As you're welcoming wild birds into your yard this winter, be sure to keep your bird feeder clean and keep an eye on the health of your feathered diners.
Poinsettias (Photo by Hannah O'Leary)
Pointers on setting poinsettias outside
But should you put poinsettias in the ground after the holidays?
Christmas tree needles
Spruce up your Christmas tree with these tips
A Christmas tree specialist with the OSU Extension Service says there are several things you can do to keep your tree fresh through the holidays.