Q: The straw mulch I used at the end of summer to suppress the weeds doesn't seem to be working. Should I till it and cover with plastic? black or clear? Is there something better. Or should I add more straw. I could probably bring some cardboard home from work. Is this a healthy option?
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The glistening cold of the Willamette Valley's first frost has ushered in the right time to clean up the garden.
The fearless gardener still has a chance to plant some cold-hardy vegetables to harvest next spring, said Jim Myers, plant breeder and researcher at Oregon State University. But don't dawdle.
There's plenty to do, including clean up and tool care
Construction materials can include fiberglass, wood, wire, plastic and PVC hoops.
Snow is an excellent insulator and can protect landscape plants from the devastating effects of repeated freezing and thawing.
Information about garden planning, maintenance and clean up, pest monitoring and management, houseplants, and indoor gardening for the month of February.
Many people think of shade or woodland gardens when they think of growing native plants. In fact, many woodland plants do very well in garden settings. But careful selection and care is essential to making your woodland garden flourish.