Gardening Tips

By Denise Ruttan
PoinsettiasPoinsettias make popular holiday gifts. When you bring one indoors, keep a consistent temperature for the heat-loving plant. (Photo by Hannah O'Leary.)

A traditional holiday centerpiece, bright poinsettias bring cheer to many homes in the short, dark days of winter.
But should you put the south-of-the-border plant in the ground after the holidays?

 

Interior tree decayTree failure is a major cause of residential property damage, as well as the leading cause of power outages nationwide. An ice storm can overload all the branches on a tree, a hurricane or high wind can blow down a tree if its roots are compromised, or a cracked tree can fail under its own weight.

Spruce up your Christmas tree with these tips

By Denise Ruttan

Christmas tree needlesChristmas tree needles - Look for trees with firm needles that bounce back when you bend them. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum.)

After Thanksgiving, most tree lots are busy welcoming the crowds for a festive annual tradition – choosing the Christmas tree that will warm your home this December.

Tree Pruning 101

Illustration of tree pruningThe objective of pruning is to produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. By understanding how, when and why to prune, and by following a few simple principles, this objective can be achieved.

Guidebook identifies good bugs and the bad bugs they love to eat

By Judy Scott
With a hand lens and photo-illustrated guide by Oregon State University Extension and Oregon Tilth, you can teach yourself to identify beneficial insects that prey on crop pests.

An organic fieldBy Judy Scott
Gardening resources often recommend chemical fertilizers with N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) ratios, but for organic gardeners, the numbers can be frustrating. Manure and other organic materials often don't come with N-P-K ratings, especially if purchased in bulk.

Are pesticides hazardous?

That’s up to you!

Don't spray pesticides like this

 

By Tim Stock
Pesticides can harm humans, animals, birds, fish, insects, and plants if used carelessly.

 

 

A dead tree or shrub?

Learn from a

post-mortem analysis

OSU tips for not killing trees

 

By Judy Scott
Often we discover in the spring that a tree or shrub just didn't make it through the winter.

 

Tree full of applesBy Carol Savonen

There are hundreds of varieties of apples grown in Oregon, from old heirlooms to modern disease resistant cultivars. But often apple tree owners don’t know what kind of apple tree they have, much less recognize when their specific type of apple is at its peak of perfection and ready to harvest.

Giant pumpkin by Scott CulleyBy Judy Scott
Pumpkins and other winter squash can grow like weeds, and as they trail out between raised beds and down rows of corn, gardeners often ask how and where to store them all.

Giant pumpkin carved by Scott Cully

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