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What is a good soil mix for blueberries?

Q: I will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts...

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Compost for blueberry plants: testing and tips

Compost is an acceptable amendment for blueberry plants, but it's important to test it before you apply it. Pay attention to pH and nutrient levels, and watch out for weeds.

Dan Sullivan | Mar 2015 | 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

Keeping vampires out of my blueberry patch, garlic flavored blueberries?

Q: I am getting prepared to plant my garlic in Oct/Nov. I have lots of space around my blueberry plants. Would they do OK together? Someone told me my blueberries may taste like garlic!! Is that possible?

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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 really afford to pay for bag after bag of compost or fertilizer (it's a pretty big lot). So after a little research I read about the endangered Oregon...

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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

With a little care, blueberries sweeten the garden for decades

Certain varieties grow best in the Pacific Northwest

Kym Pokorny | Apr 10, 2015 | News Story

Amaryllis can brighten a winter window

Amaryllis are as easy to grow as they are beautiful.

May 25, 2011 | News Story

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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Hanging baskets put the color in summer

Think about location when designing and caring for a hanging containers

Kym Pokorny | May 15, 2015 | News Story