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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

Take steps in fall to protect roses in winter

Fall maintenance can help protect roses from winter weather. Follow these tips to keep your rose bushes happy and healthy.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article

Do I need to "tuck in" my berries for the winter?

Q: How to winter over blueberries and black raspberries? Pruning etc. Once heard to bury the blueberries, is that true?

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Late winter to early spring care will help caneberries thrive

How to help your caneberries thrive.

Feb 23, 2007 | News Story

Restore those old fruit trees

You have been looking at that large, old, unkempt fruit tree in your yard for some time, wondering what to do with it. Should you save the tree, or remove it and start over? Let's look at what's involved in restoring a neglected fruit tree to health.

Steve Renquist | Jun 2014 | Article

Landscaping with Roses

Selecting roses for landscape use may seem like an impossible task, but with a few key elements in mind, you can select a rose or a group of roses to complement your new or current landscape.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article

Greenhouse Tomato Production in Oregon

Tomatoes are the most commonly produced greenhouse vegetable crop. Although greenhouse promoters claim each plant can produce 30 or more pounds of marketable fruit per year, that level of production is only possible with very high inputs in quality facilities and optimal cultural practices. In western Oregon, it's more realistic to harvest 20–25 pounds per plant space each year.

Apr 2002 | Article

Grape pruning basics

All grapes require heavy pruning to produce fruit, but after the first three growing seasons, different types of grapes need different pruning. Wine grapes and muscadines usually need spur pruning, and American grapes, such as Concord and Thompson Seedless require cane pruning.

Nov 2012 | Article

Seasonal Changes affect Poultry

As we move into the fall months, cool weather will soon arrive, and the rain will once again fall in western Oregon. There are special considerations for the poultry flock during these months of changing conditions. First of all, make sure your birds have a place to get away from the rain. Chicken don’t like the rain and will prefer to mostly remain under cover, ...

James Hermes | Oct 2007 | Article

Pruning Roses

Pruning is a must-do job for spring. Your plants will thank you with beautiful blooms and vigorous health which helps ward off disease.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article