General Gardening Information
Fact SheetEdible 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.
Fact SheetFall 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.
Fact SheetTools 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.
Fact SheetCompost 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.
Fact SheetPocket 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.
Fact SheetMoles 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.
Fact SheetThe 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.
Fact SheetGardening 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.
Fact SheetGarden 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.
Fact SheetAs 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