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 »

In the Garden: Germinating Seeds

Medford, Ore. – If the summer temperatures have you thinking about your summer garden, you can start preparing now.  You can do that by germinating summer plant seeds. OSU Master Gardener Laurin Parker said, “We can actually start them indoors so we can get a nice plant going and then put it outside when the … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Caring for Roses

Medford, Ore. – OSU Master Gardeners say the basic rule of rose care is fertilizing every six weeks. When it comes to fertilizing, they say you can use systemic fertilizer or an organic fertilizer.  If you chose the organic fertilizer you’ll have to take an extra step to control bugs. Along with pests, you’ll be dealing with … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Potatoes and Onions

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s the first week of April, which is the perfect time to start planting your cold crops. Potatoes and onions can be planted in a small garden bed, OSU Master Gardeners say just to be sure it’s deep enough for a hole about eight inches deep. “This is the only time you can … Continue reading »

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