General Gardening Information

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Annuals, Biennials, & Perennials

A brief overview of how to select, plant, and care for Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials.

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

A brief fact-sheet on how to attract pollinators to your garden.

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Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden

This handout explores common, beneficial insects found in our region and shares ideas on ways to encourage their presence in our home gardens.

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Composting with Worms

An OSU fact-sheet describing how to compost with worms and why home gardeners should utilize it.

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Container Planting

This fact-sheet explains container planting, including types of containers, soil for containers, and fertilizer.

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Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping offers an alternative to conventional residential landscapes; edible plants can be just as attractive while producing fruits and vegetables. One can install an entirely edible landscape or incorporate some edible plants into existing gardens.

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Fall Garden Maintenance

Fall is a good time to add new plantings, move or transplant shrubs and perennials, and mulch your garden beds. Diseases such as root rot, leaf spot, and stem cankers thrive in fall rain. Proper cleanup can prevent diseases from developing and is more effective than treating an infected plant.

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Care and Maintenance of Garden Tools

Tools deteriorate from time and dampness combined with soil and rust. Proper cleaning and care
described below will keep them in good working condition and extend their life.

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Gardening with Compost

Compost is an excellent mulch when placed on top of soil. It is a source of fertilizer and a soil conditioner
when it is worked into the soil. Following the steps in this handout, a home gardener can turn grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris into compost for home use.

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Gardening with Mulches

A brief overview of the benefits of gardening with mulches.

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Growing Herbs

A brief overview of growing herbs.

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Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets, overflowing with abundant richly colored flowers, are valued summer-time features in many cities and gardens.

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Insect Pests

This handout offers information to help identify potential causes of insect infestations in the home
garden and lists practices that help prevent infestations.

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Lawn Care

A brief publication about lawn care including, mowing, fertilizing, and watering.

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Managing Gophers

Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents that can cause a great deal of damage to vegetation, buried cables, dikes, and plastic irrigation pipe. Unlike moles, pocket gophers feed almost exclusively on plant material below and occasionally above ground.

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Managing Moles

Moles are insectivores, eating earthworms, grubs, beetles, and insect larvae. Occasionally they may
sample bulbs, root crops, and sprouting seeds, but there is disagreement among scientists on this point.

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Managing Slugs and Snails

This brief fact-sheet describes the technique of managing snails and slugs for your garden.

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Orchard Mason Bee

The orchard mason bee, Osmia lignaria, is an effective early pollinator native to the Western US and
Canada. It emerges in the spring, before honeybees. As a pollinator, it is far more efficient than the
honeybee by transferring more pollen and visiting more types and numbers of flowers.

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Planting Tips

This fact-sheet contains basic and general planting tips for the home gardener.

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Plants for Pollinators

This fact-sheet provides a brief description of pollinators and the plants they prefer.

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Pruning Trees and Shrubs

This is a brief fact sheet providing information on how to properly prune trees and shrubs.

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Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening in raised beds has been a common practice for centuries. "Raised" means the soil level in the bed is higher than its surrounding, and "bed" implies it is small enough to work from the walkways.

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Caring for Roses

This fact-sheet contains information regarding care for roses in the garden.

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Saving Seeds

This fact-sheet provides information about saving seeds.

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Sharpening Garden Tools

Garden tools work best when they are sharp. Hand cutting tools such as pruners, loppers and hedge clippers are made of soft steel and can be sharpened with a file or hand stone. Shovels are made of hard steel and require a file to sharpen.

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Sheet Mulching

Sheet mulching is making compost in the place where you wish to make new garden beds. This publication describes the process of sheet mulching and the benefits.

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Spring Gardening Tips

This fact-sheet provides information of tips for spring gardening.

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Spring Pruning Guide

Suggested Perennial Plants to Prune in the Spring

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Ten Weeds to Know

This fact-sheet provides ten main weeds that a home gardener should know.

Educational Document

Testing Soil pH

Describing how to test soil in your own home garden.

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Tree Selection

This fact-sheet provides information about tree selection for anyone looking to purchase a tree.

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Watering Tips

watering tips for the home gardener.

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Growing Early - Season Vegetables

Explaining the process of growing early season vegetables

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Fall Gardening in the Vegetable Patch

Information on how to harvest from your vegetable patch in the Fall.

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Growing Blueberries

Fact-sheet covering how to properly grow blueberries.

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Growing Lettuce & Other Greens

This fact-sheet explains the ins and outs of growing lettuce and other greens.

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Growing Raspberries

A fact-sheet that provides information about growing raspberries

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Growing Strawberries

Document describing how to properly grow strawberries

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Growing tomatoes, bell peppers, and zucchini squash

Overview of how to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, and zucchini squash

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Growing Winter Vegetables

As sustainability and self-sufficiency gain popularity, so does home gardening. Personal satisfaction, access to varieties, and economics are also among the many reasons for growing your own vegetables.

The views and opinions expressed in these discussions are strictly those of their author (Portland metro Master Gardeners). The contents of these conversations are not reviewed or approved by Oregon State University

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