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Give seeds a test for A+ performance

Will they or won’t they? That’s the perennial question when you nestle seeds into the soil each spring and wait for sprouts to make an appearance.

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Tip of the hat to top garden stories

Not to be outdone, we present the five most popular Oregon State University Extension Service stories of 2015.

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Finding a fresh tree is as easy as...

Know how to choose a fresh tree and how to keep it that way or you’ll be disappointed.

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Get indoor pests to bug off plants

Insects lurking under leaves, climbing up stems and settling into the soil of houseplants frustrate indoor gardeners to no end.

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Clueless about composting? Expert shares timely tips on creating sustainable system

As leaves fall and yard debris bins fill up, it’s a good time to think of a different solution to having all those resources trucked away.

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Nut harvest, handling and storage important

Hazelnut, walnut or chestnut trees in your home orchard can keep you in nuts for months if you know the best ways to harvest, handle and store them.

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Pamper fuchsias, geraniums and dahlias in winter

Just like perennial plants, some garden questions come up year after year. How to keep geraniums, fuchsias and dahlias from dying over winter is one of them.

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Think right plant, place when planting natives

As the days darken and gardening season winds down, why not turn your attention to planning out next year’s garden?

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New insect pestering plants in WV

Clouds of small white-winged insects flying around homes, gardens and even parking lots up and down the Willamette Valley have the public more than a little annoyed.

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Fall is fabulous for planting trees

When trees get dressed with the colors of fall, it’s time to go shopping.

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The hows and whys of saving seeds

As fall gets under way, many vegetables wrap up their season-long lifecycle and set the seeds that lead to next year’s bounty.

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Bulbs creat colorful spring garden

When it comes to plants, bulbs are about as easy as it gets.

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Spiders earn keep as pest control

In corners and along baseboards, on ceilings and spun between shrubs, spiders crawl through our lives this time of year.

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Best time to harvest pears and apples

Anticipation of ripe pears and apples peaks in fall as fruits hang heavily from branches and begin their gravity-aided trip to the ground.

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Lawns languish in the heat of summer unless showered with the water they require to thrive. But not to worry, the grass isn’t dead.

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Get your garlic on: a primer

Fall is approaching, but don’t put away your hoe and gardening gloves just yet.

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Extend vegetable crop through fall

Fresh vegetables can be harvested most of the year in many places in Oregon.

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Fragrant flowers delight the senses

Summertime means evenings outdoors on the patio, a perfect time to enjoy strongly fragrant flowers.

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Brew your own beer? Grow hops?

With craft beer and home brewing becoming more popular, interest in growing hops is fermenting among home gardeners.

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Training a fruit tree tinto an espalier

Espaliered trees bring fruit down to eye level. They allow for easy picking and taking advantage of small spaces.

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Ten great shrubs for water-wise gardens

Hotter-than-usual temperatures and longer stretches between measurable moisture this year mean plants need more water from the end of a hose.

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Cool it down in the garden with OSU tips

The forecast promises high temperatures this summer, so take care to protect plants for the long, hot haul.

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Disease hitting boxwood shrubs

A disease that attacks boxwood shrubs could potentially become a serious problem in residential and public gardens in western Oregon.

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Growing the perfect, tasty tomato

Nothing drives Oregon vegetable gardeners to distraction like the elusive quest for a ripe crop of tomatoes.

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Easy ways to fight the ‘big four’ foes of roses

Charmingly warm weather coaxed roses into bloom early this year, which means dealing with the usual diseases and pests earlier, too.

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Hanging baskets put the color in summer

Hanging a basket filled with colorful plants gives decks and gardens another dimension.

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Divide, conquer plants to keep healthy

While you’re weeding and seeding and planting and pruning, there’s one more thing to put on your plate: dividing.

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Moles, voles and gophers dig garden

Spring brings buds and blooms, but it also brings moles, voles and gophers.

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Good soil key to garden blueberries

When it comes to fruit in the garden, blueberries rule.

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Mason bees: a plant’s friend

The gardening season is young, but mason bees are out for their short but productive foray into the blooms of your backyard.

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Tackle job of pruning shrubs

Put clippers to good use pruning shrubs correctly.

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Catalog has gardeners covered

The catalog also features approximately 700 additional publications on topics such as food preservation and safety, heating your home, aging, health, emergency preparedness and living sustainably.

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Here’s the scoop on fertilizers

Spring is the time for thinking about fertilizers. Organic options are a great way to go.

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Snakes are a gardener’s friend

Snakes eat a variety of pests.

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If you want to know when to prune roses or if a bloated can of tomatoes will make you sick, the Oregon State University Extension Service can help.

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Wait before planting vegetable garden

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is to plant too early,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

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Be prepared in case of a cold snap

There are still more than two months until April 15, when you can, on average, count on saying goodbye to frost, according to Al Shay, a horticulture professor at Oregon State University.

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Location key when choosing spot for houseplants

Gardeners hear it often enough: right plant, right place.

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Try starting perennials from seed

When perusing spring seed catalogs, don’t pass on perennials.

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Correct fruit tree pruning is key

Anyone who buys or inherits a fruit tree faces the intimidating crossroads of how, when and if they should prune.

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Plan to fight fruit tree diseases

Face next season’s fruit tree disease and pest problems by making a preventative strategy now.

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Fall bulbs work well in pots

Still time to get flowers planted for colorful burst come springtime

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There’s still time to sow salad greens for harvest throughout the fall and winter months.

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