Gardening Tips

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

See plants turn fall colors

before you buy them

Fall leavesBy Davi Richards & Carol Savonen
Northwest gardeners are blessed with many evergreen plants that keep the landscape looking alive all year. Even so, a vibrant splash of color in the garden can ease the loss of summer.

Fight fire with plants?

You bet.

OSU fire bookletBy Judy Scott

Create brush piles and watch

local wildlife thrive!

Brush pile photoby eNature

Autumn is the best time of the year to create some brush piles for the birds in your backyard. Fall trimmings can be piled up in a corner or along the edge of the yard, where it will give ground-inhabiting birds additional cover against winter weather and predators.

Create Some Brush Piles Now And Watch Your Local Wildlife Thrive!

Brush pile photoby eNature

Autumn is the best time of the year to create some brush piles for the birds in your backyard. Fall trimmings can be piled up in a corner or along the edge of the yard, where it will give ground-inhabiting birds additional cover against winter weather and predators.

Create Some Brush Piles Now And Watch Your Local Wildlife Thrive!

Brush pile photoby eNature

Autumn is the best time of the year to create some brush piles for the birds in your backyard. Fall trimmings can be piled up in a corner or along the edge of the yard, where it will give ground-inhabiting birds additional cover against winter weather and predators.

Photo of garlic

Select healthy large cloves, free of disease.

Photo by Rachel Beck

Article By Tiffany Woods

Fall is approaching but don't put away your hoe and gardening gloves just yet.

Tips to deter pillaging raccoons

By Judy Scott
Raccoons are wonderful animals to watch, but can be a real pain in the garden.

By Tiffany Woods

Mulching with leavesNow is the time to plan your no-till garden for next year.
"The crux of no-till gardening is to pile on enough mulch so that weeds don't germinate and grow up through it," said Barb Fick, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, who has kept her large vegetable garden viable with the no-dig method for years.

Image of rosemaryFrom The Herb Companion
By Tina Marie Wilcox
Q. I have a potted rosemary plant in my house, and ever since I brought it in for the winter (I live in Wisconsin) it has been turning brown and seems to be dying. I’ve been watering it once a week. Am I overwatering it? I try to keep it in the sun when it shines in the kitchen window. Does it need more sun? Please help.

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