July 16, 2014
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Hebes provide fall, winter color
Several small-leaved Hebe cultivars that are hardy west of the Cascades have beautiful and unusual foliage. Some are commonly sold in the Pacific Northwest.
Fool poinsettias into color and bloom
To make a poinsettia bloom in the early winter, indoor gardeners simply need to adjust the amount of light and darkness to “fool” the plant, said Ross Penhallegon.
Kill, remove yellow jackets safely
“Not to be mistaken as honeybees that gather pollen and flower nectar, yellow jackets are mostly meat eaters and are particularly fond of rotting fruit,” said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.
Gardeners can take steps to keep late blight from spreading, and prevention is the best cure.
To deadhead or not to deadhead?
Deadheading makes sense for repeat bloomers such as roses and highly modified annuals, such as marigolds, to keep them blooming, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. For most other plants, she said, it is a matter of appearance and personal taste.
Late summer water saving tips
Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from Oregon WaterWise Gardening, a statewide program of the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Six common woes of tomatoes
Are your tomatoes struggling?
Ways to lengthen growing season
Do you want to keep lettuce or other greens growing over the winter?