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Go Trees – Fight Bugs!!

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

Safe pest control for the azalea lace bug from Oregon’s Metro

Safe pest control for the azalea lace bug from Oregon’s Metro

You may not have seen this pest. It is tiny, but the damage is very evident. Unfortunately it’s likely you won’t notice it until the pest numbers have reached epic proportions. It is hard to find advice that does not involve using a lot of toxic chemicals, so this is a welcome article on Safe […]

Botanical Rambles Blog Discusses Native Plants for Covering Ground

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 | […]

This Book Helps You Build It So They Will Come

This Book Helps You Build It So They Will Come

Gardening For The Birds How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard By George Adams Timber Press 2013 A growing unease about our relationship to the natural world and our impact on planetary processes has led to increased interest in gardening with native plants. Gardening may seem like a less-than-effective tool to turn the tide of environmental […]

Native Plant and Seed Providers – PNW

Native Plant and Seed Providers – PNW

Just stumbled on this pretty long list of native plant nurseries and seed purveyors. Please check in with your comments on your experience with any of these or others not on the list. I can recommend Heritage Seedlings in Salem, and Inside Passage for service, quality and plant knowledge; and the Yamhill Soil and Water […]

Native Plants: Are they ornamental enough??

Native Plants: Are they ornamental enough??

There are lots of reasons to grow native plants among ornamental and edible plants in your garden. Natives are: the best food and habitat for native insects that support native birds and other wildlife important food and nectar sources for charismatic insects like butterflies and their larvae (a little chewing can indicate that you are […]

Is It Spider Season?

Is It Spider Season?

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.