Gardening Tips

peppers photo by Lynn Ketchum
Coax tomatoes and peppers to maturity
Use plastic sheeting to warm the soil.
Insect Handbook
PNW Extension guides help manage plant diseases, weeds and insects
Pacific Northwest farmers and growers as well as consultants and home gardeners find the handbooks helpful.
doug-fir
Oregon tree names keep people guessing
The newly revised Oregon State University publication, "Understanding Names of Oregon Trees," (EC 1502), is available online.
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Guidebook identifies good bugs and the bad bugs they love to eat
You can become familiar with beneficial predators and learn what plants attract them to your garden.
sweet pea flowers
Fragrant sweet peas please the gardener more than the bee
Sweet peas have transplanted well to all parts of the world, especially throughout Oregon.
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OSU recommends colorful potatoes for home gardens
Several colorful potatoes come from variety trials at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm.
asparagus by Flickr:Mundoo
Asparagus rewards patience
Once established, asparagus is easy to grow and can last for decades.
iStock tree image
Repair winter storm-damaged trees and shrubs promptly for best results
OSU Extension horticulturist gives hints on how to make repairs on woody trees and shrubs, damaged by winter storms.
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Plant bulbs this spring and summer for all-year color
After the spring show of flowers, gardeners may be at a loss on how to top the early vibrant color.
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Prune to keep ornamental shrubs healthy
Pruning is one of the most important tasks to keep shrubs and bushes healthy