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Posted Sep 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

With the promise of cooler weather coming our way, which perennials are best to plant now instead of spring.As you choose perennials, remember that in the Rogue Valley, not only is winter cold tolerance a consideration, but summer heat must be taken into account. That factor was well demonstrated this past year, wasn't it?There are three gardening zones used in southwestern Oregon. The old standby is the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone. But the...

Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Although you may think you don't need a bowl of sunshine after the hot summer we've had, try to think ahead to December or January, when it would be very welcome on a dark, rainy day.The sunshine I'm speaking of is daffodils, and if you'd...

Posted Sep 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

In 2005, a Canadian couple, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, began an experiment in eating local, which they called the “100-mile diet,” meaning the food was produced within 100 miles of their home. This idea of eating only food...

Posted Sep 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Thirty-six years ago, Pam and Bill Harmon moved into their north Medford home and found the yard was hardpan, the sort of sterile dirt you have to break apart with a pick ax.Today, after decades of loving work by Master Gardener Pam (Bill...

Posted Sep 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

When gardeners see large expanses of unoccupied soil under mature trees, they are often seized with the urge to fill in the space with flowers or vines. However, this can cause some problems.While we may imagine that trees have a large...

Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

When people are hot and thirsty, they know that some water and cool shade will help them feel better. The same is true for birds, but because they can't just go in the house and get a glass of water, we need to help them a bit.

Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Master Gardener Ronnie Budge will give tips on harvesting from home gardens at the right time from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

Posted Jul 27, 2014 at 2:00 AM

We've all heard that we should talk to our plants to make them grow better, but do plants talk to each other?

Posted Jul 20, 2014 at 2:00 AM

This hot weather makes me think longingly of fall, when the heat isn't so intense, but plants still grow well. So, I'm going to get out of the sun, pour myself a glass of iced tea, and sit in the shade to make plans for the garden I'll have in the...

Posted Jul 13, 2014 at 2:00 AM

I like to check in periodically with the OSU Master Gardener Plant Clinic to see what kind of plant problems people are having.

Posted Jul 6, 2014 at 2:00 AM

I recently read a brief history of agriculture in a back issue of Organic Gardening that provided some glimpses of how we arrived at what we today call gardening.

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