Oregon State University Extension Service

Yamhill County Master Gardeners

 "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
-   Elizabeth Lawrence

Putting the garden to rest for Winter

Sustainable gardening

Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices.

Practice preventive pest management rather than reactive pest control. Identify and monitor problems before acting, and opt for the least toxic approach. Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests.

Use chemical controls only when necessary and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label. First consider cultural, then physical and biological controls. Choose the least-toxic options, and use them judiciously. Some examples include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides.


  • Force spring bulbs for indoor blooms in December.

Maintenance and cleanup


Pest monitoring and management

Houseplants and indoor gardening

  • Reduce fertilizer applications.




Source URL: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/yamhill