Gardening Tips

Photo of tomatoes.
Got tons of tomatoes? Try drying them.
Plug in the dehydrator and start slicing those tomatoes.
Photo of garlic cloves.
Don't put away the hoe yet – plant some garlic
September through November is the best time to plant garlic.
Photo of tomatoes on the vine.
Need help with your problematic vegetables?
Learn to troubleshoot problems with your carrots, cabbages and tomatoes.
Photo of a grape with botrytis.
Don't let fungi sour your grapes
During the summer, grape growers should watch for powdery mildew and bunch rot, two fungi, that damage the fruit.
Picture of a Christmas cactus.
Christmas cactus care doesn't take a holiday
If you want your Christmas cactus to bloom in the winter, you have to take care of it in the summer.
Purple iceplant photo
Fight fire with plants? You bet.
Reduce the risk of a wildfire engulfing your house by surrounding it with fire-resistant plants.
Raccoon
OSU offers tips to deter pillaging raccoons
Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, offers advice on how to get raccoons out of your yard.
pesticide photo by Bob Rost
OSU guide shows how to use pesticides safely at home
An updated guide from the Oregon State University Extension Service shows gardeners and others how to use, store and dispose of pesticides safely.
clover photo by Tiffany Woods
How to find the nutrient values of organic fertilizers
A report has information on the top sources of organic fertilizers, their NPK content, release speed and effectiveness.
juniper branch © Oleksandr Chub
Summer is time to troubleshoot ornamental junipers
OSU Extension plant pathologists advise how to treat two fungal diseases that affect junipers.