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Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

General care for hydrangeas

Look to this hydrangea how-to for advice on soil, water, pruning and more. Learn a simple pH trick that will turn blooms from pink to blue.

Kristin VanHoose | Jun 2018 | Article

Are lupines the answer to my difficult yard?

Q: I'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't ...

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My spring bulbs are sprouting now in November, what should I do?

Q: I have crocus blooming, daffodils and bearded iris sprouting in my yard. Will they retain enough energy to grow next spring when they are supposed to? Will I need to feed them extra at some point? When?

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I have droopy asparagus, what can I do?

Q: We have had a wonderful patch of Jersey Giant asparagus for the past twenty five years. This year, we have something "infecting" a few of the clumps of our asparagus and we can't identify it. It appears to be some kind of wilt or virus?

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Orchid Cactus - Epiphyllums

Learn about plant cuttings, water and light requirements, temperature, fertilizer, pests, and repotting.

Cal Peterson | Jan 2011 | Article

Don't toss those tuberous begonias - save for next summer

It is easy to ready and store tender summer bulbs such as tuberous begonias for next growing season. Here’s how.

Sep 19, 2003 | News Story

Asparagus rewards patience

Once established, asparagus is easy to grow and can last for decades.

Mar 30, 2012 | News Story

Spring Flowering bulbs

Purchasing, site selection, when to plant, preparing the site, and follow-up care.

Amy Jo Detweiler | Aug 2009 | Article

Amaryllis can brighten a winter window

Amaryllis are as easy to grow as they are beautiful.

May 25, 2011 | News Story