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Instead of leaving soil naked, coat it with cover crops

Grow "green manure" to keep soil from eroding, weeds from exploding and to add nutrients.

Kym Pokorny | Jul 27, 2018 | News Story

Checklist for putting your garden to bed for winter

The glistening cold of the Willamette Valley's first frost has ushered in the right time to clean up the garden.

Nov 8, 2013 | News Story

Is there a "no mow" lawn in my future?

Q: My so-called lawn needs help -- it consists of clumps of grass with bare spots between, My small yard is completely fenced with a large apple tree shading much of it, so the grass gets at most 3 to 4 hours of sun ...

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What kind of ground cover crop should I plant?

Q: I have a small garden plot that I have let go fallow over the summer, but would like to plant something to keep the weeds down until next year. Most of the cover crops I read about look a lot like the invasive ...

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I am furloughed, too early for gardening?

Q: I'm a furloughed federal employee and suddenly find myself with free time that could end tomorrow, next week, next month, who knows. On top of that, it's sunny! What are things I could do now that will be a good ...

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What is the best driveway grass?

Q: I am installing a permeable driveway (Unilock Turfstone) at my house in Portland. I read your article on best types of grass mixes in Oregon. But what about driveway grass? Ideally I would like a grass with low maintenance,...

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Spikeweed

Can spraying this weed at the right time keep it out of our fields?

Mary Corp | Oct 2018 | Article

February Garden Calendar

Information about garden planning, maintenance and clean up, pest monitoring and management, houseplants, and indoor gardening for the month of February.

May 2018 | Article

Eat from the garden all year

Cloches allow you to eat fresh out of the garden all year.

Mar 31, 2011 | News Story

Native groundcovers are great for home landscapes

Try native groundcovers for home landscapes.

Mar 25, 2011 | News Story