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: 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 »

In the Garden: Method to Grow Squash

Medford, Ore. — Even with little water from mother nature you can still grow larger plants.  You can create an irrigation system to water your squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and melons. All you need is clay pots, seeds, small rocks and a drip irrigation system or an empty milk jug. First, prepare a dirt mound about … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Succulents

Medford, Ore. — There are some plants that do well in hot, dry weather like we’ve been seeing.  That includes succulents. Succulents are plants that have stored water in their tissues.  Their leaves tend to be thick and fleshy.  The leaves are often rounded and usually packed closely together. Many succulents are adapted for very … Continue reading »

In the Garden: DIY Drip System

Medford, Ore. — We got a nice dose of rain this week, but weather like this has been far and few between.  That’s why you may want to be water wise in your garden. In this ‘In the Garden’ segment, OSU Master Gardener Steve Andrews walked us through how to make a drip system to … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Out of Control Plants

Medford, Ore. — If you’re green thumb is working a little too well and some of your plants are growing out of control, you’ll have to downsize. To fix the problem you can reduce the size of the mother plant by removing a portion of the offspring.  If you remove the complete plant, including the … Continue reading »

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