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As we think about spring and summer gardening, it's easy to get swept away by tempting seed catalogs. Read carefully before you buy so you know the choice will work for you.Marcia Westcott Peck, special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

Nichole Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, tells gardeners to plan before choosing seed. It’s so easy to go overboard. Of course, if you do there’s always someone happy to take them off your hands.


OSU Extension's experimental apple cider orchard occupies three acres at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Photo by: Nik Wiman

An experimental cider orchard planted in the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley could help lead Oregon’s fledgling hard cider industry into a profitable future.


Melathopoulos marks a plant while studying bees in an outdoor habitat. Photo by: Andony Melathopoulos

Melathopoulos leads Oregon State University Extension's statewide pollinator health program and is an assistant professor. Agricultural experts say he's one of the nation's most remarkable innovators in the world of bees.


Oregon researchers are exploring alternatives to chlorpyrifos, but they say they do not have sufficient funding to do the work. Photo: Associated Press File.

Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University Extension entomology specialist, recently received a $162,794 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to explore chlorpyrifos alternatives.


Some fall leaves provide color to a green carpet of of moss growing in the lawn.The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com

Nine experts from Oregon State University Extension Service stepped up to bust some common gardening myths. Read on to get some research-based answers to 10 common misconceptions.


Emeritus Professor Dr. Mel Westwood

With a sad and heavy heart, we announce the passing of Dr. Melvin (Mel) N. Westwood on 31 October 2020.


Oregon's native vine maple shines in fall. Photo by Neil Bell/OSU Extension Service.

“If you’re specifically interested in fall color, it will soon be the time to start looking,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “There are already some trees starting to display color.”


Garlic bulbs, plentiful at Oregon farmers markets, should be stored in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place.Lynn Ketchum/OSU Extension Service, By Kym Pokorny | For The Oregonian/OregonLive

Garlic roots develop in the fall and winter, and by early spring they can support the rapid leaf growth that is necessary to form large bulbs, said Chip Bubl, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.


English ivy covers trees in Forest Park. Photo: Marv Bondarowicz/Staff/File

“With some of these weeds, you have to fight them forever,” said Ed Peachey, a weed specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Many times, it’s more a process of controlling them rather than eradicating them."


Prof. Patty Skinkis

Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University’s viticulture Extension specialist and professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1.


Photo: Tomatoes ripen quickest at 70-75 degrees.Stephen Ward/OSU Extension Service

Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, troubleshoots the following common problems that might afflict your tomatoes as the season goes on.


Honeybee lives are shortened — with evidence of physiological stress — when they are exposed at the suggested application rates of two widely used pesticides, according to new Oregon State University research.


An Asian giant hornet.  Karla Salp/WSDA

The U.S. has 3,141 counties, but just one, Whatcom County in northern Washington state, has documented sightings of the Asian giant hornet, dubbed “murder hornet.” Even there, only three specimens have been confirmed.


Growing them inside gives everyone the opportunity to spice up their homegrown food, said Brooke Edmunds, horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service.


According to Kelly Vining, horticulturalist and mint researcher at Oregon State University, verticillium wilt, caused by the fungus verticillium dahlia, causes wilting and death in mint.


Home vegetable garden. KPTV file photo.

More than 17,500 people have signed up for a vegetable gardening course at Oregon State University, as people across the country adhere to government orders to stay at home as much as possible.


Dave Reerslev, a grower in Junction City, Ore., stands in a field of mint. John Reerslev/Reerslev Farms Inc.

According to Kelly Vining, horticulturalist and mint researcher at Oregon State University, verticillium wilt, caused by the fungus verticillium dahlia, causes wilting and death in mint.


photo of bottled olive oil

New research led by Oregon State University aims to determine best farming practices for olives, a niche crop in Oregon, which could help to kick-start the state's fledgling industry.


Blueberries growing in a container

Sustainable isn’t necessarily the same as organic, noted Erica Chernoh, an Oregon State University Extension horticulturist.


a row of colorful bee hives

"Homeowners should avoid using pesticides in backyards and instead use nontoxic methods such as soapy water to get rid of pests such as aphids,” said Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor-apiculture with Oregon State University.


front page of publication EM 8413, 2020 Pest management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon

by Patricia Skinkis, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti, Vaughn Walton, Achala KC, Clive Kaiser


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti receiving award

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Excellence Award by the Oregon State University Faculty Senate last September.


A shed with wind damage

No plant is fireproof, but many are fire-resistant. These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.


A hand holding homemade compost: Making your own compost saves a lot of money. Use kitchen scraps and garden waste, as well as chicken or livestock manure and bedding, if available. File photo

Gardening is like any other hobby,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “It takes some level of investment. But it doesn’t have to be that expensive. There are shortcuts.”


Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Marcia Westcott Peck, for The Oregonian/OregonLive.  Keep plants healthy with appropriate light exposure, watering schedule and temperature, and insects and pathogens are less likely to attack.

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


 Nuts, blanched kernels, and raw kernels of 'Barcelona' (left) and 'PollyO' (right) hazelnuts.  Image credit:  Shawn Mehlenbacher

Researchers from Oregon State University have completed an examination of, and have released, a new cross-bred hazelnut cultivar known as 'PollyO', and they have discovered it to be a rising star of hazelnuts grown within the United States.


“People may run into city ordinances if they let their yards grow wild, so make them functional,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension. 


Sustainable Lawn School

Build the knowledge and hands-on skills to get the most from your lawn. Join Alec Kowalewski, OSU Extension turfgrass specialist, for a hands-on, sustainable lawn experience. Practice using a dethatcher to restore a lawn, measuring irrigation...


Oregon State University entomologist Vaughn Walton in a blueberry trial at the Lewis-Brown Research Farm in Corvallis said spotted wing drosophila pressure has been extremely high this summer.  Photo: Mitch Lies/For the Capital Press

Scientists are looking at several unique methods for controlling spotted wing drosophila in blueberries.


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Scientist Award by the Oregon State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Research Honor Society on April 10.


Local growers and researchers from Oregon State University are teaming up to solve some of the biggest problems facing the state's fledgling sector.


View Garden Time video interview with David Lowenstein discussing the brown marmorated stinkbug and its natural predator, the samurai wasp. Tips on how you can help researchers discover where in Oregon the samurai  wasp is located.


photo of Gail Langellotto in flower garden

Now a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.


Give standout native Oregon grape a prominent place in the garden.

“There’s a new aesthetic,” said Weston Miller, horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Gardeners want to connect to nature and the heritage of plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest.”


Instead of tons per acre, Patty Skinkis says growers should start thinking in terms of pounds per linear foot. These ‘Pinot Noir’ have not been cluster thinned. (Photo: Patty Skinkis)

Don’t get her wrong. An associate professor and viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, Skinkis realizes the value of crop management. But growers can overdo it.


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