Sweep wood ash from the fireplace to the garden

As you clean the fireplace, do your plants a favor and sprinkle the ashes in the garden instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Start now to get color from last year’s poinsettias in time for the holidays

To make a poinsettia bloom in early winter, indoor gardeners simply need to adjust the amount of light and darkness to "fool" the plant.

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

The key to saving seed is selecting open-pollinated or heirloom plants, which produce offspring with the same traits.

Give plants a head start by planting in fall

As more people push to plant in autumn, garden stores are stocking more at the end of summer.

Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil

Texture determines all kinds of things like drainage, aeration, the amount of water the soil can hold, erosion potential and even the amount of nutrients that can be stored.

10 trees for fiery fall color

When choosing a tree, first do some research. Walk around neighborhoods, parks and public gardens to get ideas.

Now’s the time to plan for cover crops

Cover crops can add organic matter and aerate the soil, protect it from compaction caused by rain, suppress weeds and reduce erosion,

Better breeding brings begonias back into the limelight

The variety of begonias is stunning. The leaves, which come in many colors, can be flat, pebbled, shiny, hairy, fuzzy or spiraled. They come in many colors with single blossoms up to huge clusters.

OSU Extension Service Master Gardener awards announced

The awardees are among the nearly 2,900 Master Gardeners who work with Extension to share their knowledge of sustainable gardening practices across 26 Oregon counties.

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