In the Garden: Winter Garden

Medford, Ore. — It’s August, but it’s already time to start thinking about your winter garden.  Even though we deal with below-freezing temperatures in the winter, there are still plants that thrive. OSU Extension Master Gardeners say there are a lot of reasons to plant winter gardens, including that pests won’t be around.  There’s also … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Holiday Cactus

Medford, Ore. — It’s the hottest time of the year and that means it’s time to start thinking about a holiday cactus for the winter holidays. There’s a simple formula to help you remember what to do.  It’s 8-8-8.  Starting in the eighth month, August, restrict the cactus to just eight hours of bright, but … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Watering Priorities

Medford, Ore. — In the middle of a drought, it’s more important than ever to know where your water is going and use what water we do have wisely. OSU Master Gardeners said you should make a priority list.  They say established trees and shrubs need to be saved first because it’s more costly to … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Harvesting Potatoes

Medford, Ore. — In late May, potatoes were planted in our garden.  Now they’re ready to be harvested. To know when it’s time to harvest your plants in your own garden, look for the green plant to die off.  After it has died off, dig out the plant.  Potatoes grow clumped together so you’ll need … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Harvesting Summer Crops

Ronnie Budge an OSU Master Gardener and in this segment, she talks about the best time to pick your vegetables to get the best flavor. Nearly all of summertime vegetables that are ready for harvest soon should be picked while still young and not too mature. This includes: a. Summer squash, e.g. zucchini, yellow squash: … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Preventing Earwigs

Medford, Ore. – They may be one of the creepiest invaders of your garden – earwigs.  That’s why OSU Master Gardeners are offering some simple tips to get rid of them. Earwigs are somewhat beneficial insects because they love to eat aphids as a primary food source.  However, they are omnivores and also eat tender … Continue reading »

In the Garden: How to Grow a Green Thumb

Medford, Ore. – You shouldn’t let the lack of a green thumb keep you out of the garden.  In fact, gardeners say, you can easily grow your own green thumb. OSU Master Gardeners say the first thing you need to do is gain knowledge.  The best way to do that is through reading books, taking the … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Hypertufa

Medford, Ore. — You can use your green thumb for more than just plants, but also to create garden ornaments.  You can make garden ornaments with hypertufa. It’s a fake rock that can be made into stepping stones, garden spheres and leaf castings. You can learn more at a class about how to master hypertufa on … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Freezer Jam

Medford, Ore. — With summer in full swing, we have a lot of fresh fruits to choose from.  One way to hold on to the delicious fruit is by making homemade jam. OSU Master Gardener De Guy says you don’t have to have a lot of skill or equipment to do this.  She said freezer … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Mulch

Medford, Ore. — If you want to retain water and maintain plant health in your garden, you may want to turn to mulch. There are several types of mulch and each has its own benefit.  Certain types benefit nutrients, others fight pests and others help with water retention. There are several types of organic mulches … Continue reading »

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