Gardening Tips

blue ribbon. istockphoto.com
How to prepare for the county fair
Spring is the time to begin planning to enter your best produce in the county fair.
tulip bulb
Summer is a good time to renovate spring bulb beds
Crowded plants compete for nutrients and water, resulting in fewer and smaller blooms
rose
How to prevent rose diseases
Simple adjustments in care can improve the health of roses
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.
EC 1613 cover
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.
potatoes
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.