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Diggin’ It! Jazz up your fall garden

The golden glow and deeper shadows of the changing seasons are both delightful and a bit painful. I hate to say it, but summer is winding down. The lush borders of July and August are slowly devolving into the sad state of autumn decay.

October 6, 2018 9:21 a.m. read more..

Diggin' It: Relax with a good book

Several months ago, I was corresponding via email with famed plantsman Allan Armitage about — obviously — plants. In the course of our conversation, he offered me a copy of his latest book, “Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots: The Stories Behind the Common Names of Some of Our Favorite Plants,” to read and review. I gladly accepted and promptly received the book in my mailbox.

August 1, 2018 10:57 a.m. read more..

Diggin' it: Yards are for the birds

It fills me with pride to have the local avian populations busily going about their birding duties in my garden. It’s affirmation that I’m doing something right by providing a safe habitat for them here in my little spot of earth.

July 17, 2018 7:28 p.m. read more..

Diggin' it: Work smarter, not harder

True confession: Last summer I was a somewhat lazy gardener. Yes, I know you find this hard to believe considering that my desire to putter through the pathways is about tops on my favorite thing to do list.

April 19, 2018 9:42 p.m. read more..

Diggin' it: A trip through ‘thyme’

A year ago, I wrote a column about the joys of road trips to various out-of-the-way country nurseries. At the end of the article, I asked you all if I had missed any. Not long after, I received an email from Janet Hagen, co-owner of The Thyme Garden, just outside of Alsea.

September 26, 2017 10:18 a.m. read more..

Diggin' It: In the garden

Am I the only one who thought spring would never get here? What a winter it’s been. I lost count of the number of days I saw snowfall and there weren’t nearly enough of those warm intermissions that tide us over until the next storm.

May 12, 2017 12:09 p.m. read more..

After rainy winter, it's time to repel the moss invasion

During a rainier-than-usual winter and spring, moss eagerly invaded lawns and made itself at home. The plush, low-lying plant doesn’t get many neutral reactions. People either love it or hate it. Probably more fall on the hate-it side of the fence when it lands in their lawns. That’s why Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass expert for Oregon State University Extension Service, gets so many questions about how to get rid of the flowerless plant that dates to ancient times.

April 17, 2017 3:12 p.m. read more..

Spring is the time to turn attention to blackberries and raspberries

No matter how muddy the spring, it’s time to slip on your boots and gloves and take care of blackberries and raspberries. Established red raspberries, including Meeker, Cascade Delight and Vintage; black raspberries such as Jewel; and blackberries like Marion, Boysen, Columbia Star, Navaho, and Triple Crown, need some care in early spring in order to stay healthy and productive.

April 11, 2017 2:46 p.m. read more..

Diggin' It: Purple hits the garden

At this time of year when I’m dreaming of summer garden days but the weather is still not quite as hospitable as I’d prefer, I like to scope out new plants and possibilities for my garden. Although I’m more drawn to ornamentals, it’s also fun to see the new and unusual edibles that are out there as well. Recently, while perusing various seed company websites, I was particularly drawn to purple vegetable plants.

March 9, 2017 6:59 p.m. read more..

DIGGIN' IT: Beware of ‘fake’ news

If you engage in social media at all you’ve likely seen fake news sites. Maybe you’ve even read a few and thought, wow, is that for real? After all, they’re not called “click bait” for nothing. After the election last November, legitimate news sources warned us of fake news sources and offered tips to keep us from being duped and perpetuating the sensationalism. Well, it might surprise you that there is a lot of fake gardening news out there, too. Mainly it comes in the form of advice dispersed through legitimate-looking websites and books from probably well-meaning gardening experts. Google “garden myths” and be amazed.

February 10, 2017 2:16 p.m. read more..