Gardening Tips

Azalea lace bug (Photo by Robin Rosetta)
Be on the lookout for azalea-damaging pest this spring
Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Rose. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Choose disease-resistant roses for your yard
Roses have such fanciful names and alluring colors, so how do you choose which ones to plant?
Lettuce (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Get a head start gardening in western Oregon with cool-season crops
Cool-season plants can be directly seeded into the ground in March in the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon.
Japanese Heritage Garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Daniel)
Japanese garden in Hood River offers ideas for your own yard
Tucked away in a corner of a public garden in Hood River, the Japanese Heritage Garden offers an unexpected place of quiet reflection.
Mole mounds in the grass. (Photo by Flickr:Dodo-Bird)
For mole control, go underground
By understanding moles, you can better control them or, who knows, you might even start to like them.
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.