Wondering if spiders are our friends? Check out this video and link: http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/129845188.html Get some great spider info here and here. I can’t say it as well as these guys do, so I’m gonna send you to their pages.
Native plants evolved with a gigantic number of associated microbes, fungi, bacteria, herbivores, and insects. It follows that plants don’t exist by themselves – they need the organisms that helped them adapt and change over the ages. For home gardeners, insect assistants are one of the easiest and most interesting class of partners to manage […]
A beautiful day in Yamhill County on April 9, and we headed out to find some spring flowers and birds, stopping by Farm Fest at the Yamhill Co Heritage Center on the way. The draft horses and mules showed differing amounts of training and gentleness. Some were still practicing, and for the driver the task […]
We all like to fill in the spaces in the garden. Some of us have more space than others. Some natives cover more ground, and faster than others. Here’s a link to a few tips. See the sidebar for my handouts with more info about the characteristics of natives in the garden! Botanical Rambles | […]
Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas is not a cherry, although it has cherry-like fruits. The common name comes from the term “cornel” used in the UK to describe the wood, fruit and plant. According to its Wikipedia entry, “Cornus mas, ‘Male’ Cornel, was named so to distinguish it from the true Dogberry, the ‘Female’ Cornel, C. […]
There is no better time than right now to plant perennials and trees in the Pacific Northwest – and of course bulbs and cover crops. Whether you get your plants through Taylor Gardens, or go to a local plant sale, take advantage of the cool and reasonably dry weather to get some planting done now. […]
It’s fungi season in the Pacific Northwest! Although we will be fighting mildew and other fungal invasions for the next eight months or so, the benefits of fungi are so numerous, it’s hard to know where to start. Some fun facts from Ecology for Gardeners by Carroll and Salt (2004), and Life in the Soil […]
Learn about our native plants. Come on a PLANT WALK in August!
If you only take one birding class, this is it: http://www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/ahnc/eventsandworkshops/springbirdingclasses/ The good folks at Corvallis Environmental Center are sponsoring this wonderful class, and the teachers are really good. I took their beginning birding class and birding by ear classes several years ago and it really got me started in birding like nothing else. […]
Scientists hope to help North American ashes defend against an Asian beetle that has caused widespread damage throughout the U.S. Source: The Slow Process of Countering the Emerald Ash Borer – The New York Times
Soils are under-appreciated in the garden. Many assume that once in the ground, plants just grow, and if you add some fertilizer or compost, that feeds them somehow. Well, it’s much more complicated. I am of the opinion that soil science is very close, if not equal to rocket science. Especially since there are […]