In The Garden: Rotating Perennial Pots

MEDFORD, Ore., — Containers of potted flowers can help decorate a patio or deck.  Which is better to use in the containers: annuals or perennials?  Annuals bloom for a long time but die when summer ends so have to be replaced every year. Perennials live from year to year so don’t have to be replaced … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Winter Dreams

MEDFORD, Ore., — Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens is an annual full day seminar with lectures for everyone interested in gardening, from Backyard Gardeners through Master Gardeners.   This is a wonderful opportunity to gain information on gardening in the areas which are of interest to everyone.  You pre-select four lecture topics from nearly 40 available … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Composting

MEDFORD, Ore., — OSU Extension Office Master Gardener Chris Hjerrild explains the benefits of composting and how it can dramatically impact your garden without much effort. 

In the Garden: Dividing Perennials

Medford, Ore. — It’s the time of year you should start dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials. OSU Extension Master Gardeners said you should divide plants 4-6 weeks before a hard frost to give the plant time to establish the roots.  You should do this every 3-5 years for most perennials. The Jackson County … Continue reading »

Sharing Garden with Students

MEDFORD, Ore. — An effort to get Southern Oregon to eat healthier is growing. The organization known as P. Annie’s Secret Garden, sent 20 Head Start students home with bags of fruits and vegetables on Thursday. More than 100 pounds of food were distributed from over 6 small gardens in the area. The gardens are … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Master Gardener Volunteer

Medford, Ore. — You don’t have to be a master to be a Master Gardener.  In fact, the Master Gardener Program said you only need to have a desire to learn. If you’d like to be a Master Gardener through Jackson County Extension Service you’ll need to call right away.  The new class begins January … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Extending the Season

Medford, Ore. – If you’re not ready for the growing season to end, it doesn’t have to.  There are a lot of options for those looking to keep your crops thriving during the cold overnights ahead. Some of the tools you can use include cloches, hoop houses and floating row covers.  For more information on … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Color in a Winter Garden

Medford, Ore. — You can escape the winter gray with some winter color in your garden, but you need to start thinking about that now. OSU Extension Master Gardener, Jane Moyer ran down some options in today’s ‘In the Garden’ segment. If you have any questions you can contact the OSU Master Gardener near you. … Continue reading »

In The Garden: Deadheading Plants

Medford, Ore. — Weeding is one way to clean up your garden and keep it looking clean, but another chore that needs to be done this time of year is deadheading. Deadheading involves removing spent blooms to promote new blossom growth on most perennials. OSU Extension Master Gardener Laurin Parker said the reasons for deadheading … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Planting Carrots

Medford, Ore. — Carrots are just one of the many vegetables that can be sown this time of year for harvesting in the spring. The trick to getting your carrots to germinate is to make sure they don’t dry out.  The first step to do that is to make sure the variety of carrot seeds … Continue reading »

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