Pat Patterson

Program Assistant in Horticulture (Retired)

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Have you noticed slender, white pests resembling tiny centipedes in your soil that have damaged your small vegetable plants? They are symphylans.

By Ross Penhallegon, Pat Patterson, | Article

I am bamboozled, help!

Greetings - any tips or resources on helping rid, or at least control creeping bamboo? Digging up is partially helpful here, but a water pipe located below the main plant makes it problematic. Mainly want to control the shoots. Seems like repeated applications of Round Up is the most common...

By Pat Patterson, | Featured Question

Frozen Fuchsias? How do I protect greenhouse plants in the Winter?

My husband built me a greenhouse. I believe January is the time to start growing seeds in it. Even though it's warm inside on sunny winter days, do I need to put a heater in it on cold, wintry, dark days? (1,000' elevation east of Springfield) I have potted outdoor plants (mums, variegated euonymus,...

By Pat Patterson, | Featured Question

When should I burn poison oak?

We have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile, but I'm...

By Pat Patterson, | Featured Question

Are there male and female peppers?

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

By Pat Patterson, | Featured Question