In the Garden: Extending Lettuce Season

Medford, Ore. — The heat is changing the way we have to garden.  With the hot summer-like temperatures OSU Master Gardeners say some vegetables are bolting, making the lettuce bitter and unusable. There are things you can do to extend the lettuce season.  That includes covering them by using hoops and remay. For more information … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Choosing Plants

Medford, Ore. — Choosing the right plants for your garden can be just as important as taking care of the ones you already have. OSU Master Gardener, Jane Moyer, has a checklist to take to the nursery. 1. Avoid tall, spindly plants. They did not get enough sun when young and even if you give … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Weeds

Medford, Ore. — Every gardener knows, sooner or later, you’ll have to deal with weeds.  Many people turn to herbicides. OSU Master Gardener Steve Andrews says there are three ways to control weeds in your garden – weed killer, using mulch and pulling them. For more information watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment and call … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Soil Temperature

Medford, Ore. — Soil temperatures are important for a successful garden.  There is a difference between cold-weather veggies and perennial flowers vs. warm weather veggies and annuals. OSU Master Gardeners recommend getting a soil thermometer. For more information, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment. You can also call the OSU Master Gardener near you. Jackson … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Drought Conditions

Medford, Ore. — The drought is impacting a lot of gardens, but you can have a successful vegetable garden without extra help from the rain. OSU Master Gardener, Laurin Parker, says it’s important to use quality composted soil.  She also suggests planting early in the season before it’s hot and dry. She also says you … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Hardening Off Plants

Medford, Ore. — If your plants are getting a head start indoors, before moving them outdoors there are some things you should know. OSU Master Gardeners say hardening off your plant starts means you gradually introduce greenhouse plants to the outdoors before planting them. To do that, start by putting the plants in a shady … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Spring Garden Fair

The largest garden show between Portland and San Francisco is just days away. There are 150 vendors at the event.  You’ll also be able to get a hold of hundreds of plants grown by the Jackson County Master Gardeners. There are also a lot of used books at cheaper prices available, “This is an unbelievably … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Planting Peas

Medford, Ore. – During the cool spring days you may be thinking about planting some cool weather crops.  That includes peas. There are a lot of different types of peas to plant including sugar, snap and snow peas.  OSU Master Gardeners say you can get a jump start by soaking the seeds overnight.  That will … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Butterflies & Milkweed

Medford, Ore. — Monarch butterflies are beautiful, but are also important as pollinators.  Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed plants for life.  In fact, the plant is the only larval host for monarch butterflies. Milkweed is disappearing for a variety of reasons including new developments, the repeated use of glyphosate and roadside management. That’s why OSU … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Planting Succulents

Medford, Ore. — Succulents are a great option for those without a green thumb.  They do well in different environments and don’t need too much attention. If you would like more information, watch our ‘In the Garden’ segment or contact the OSU Master Gardener near you. Jackson County - (541) 776-7371 Josephine County - (541) 476-6613 Klamath … Continue reading »

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