In the Garden: Weeds

Medford, Ore. — Weeds are a problem in every garden.  One of the worst you’ll deal with is the puncturevine or goathead. OSU Extension Master Gardeners say the weed is found in vineyards, orchards and crop fields.  It’s also found on roadsides and walkways. They can cause many problems not only this season, but next … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Composting Large Veggies

Medford, Ore. — If you’re finding some large veggies in your garden, you don’t have to throw them away.  There are plenty of options including composting them. All you need to do is place your giant veggies into a five-gallon bucket and use a flat blade shovel to chop them up.  Then you simply dump … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Garlic

Medford, Ore. — Garlic is a great addition to any dish and it’s easy to grow yourself.  Now is the time to start thinking about it if you want it in your winter garden. There are two main types of garlic including hardneck and softneck.  There’s also elephant garlic, which is actually a member of … Continue reading »

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: 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 »

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