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Native and Edible: A Backyard Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Native edibles are low-care (if planted in the right place) because they are uniquely adapted to our soil, weather and seasons. While they are providing berries for our jam, they are also feeding and housing our birds, bees, bugs and other native critters that badly need our help.

Wildlife Garden Design
Jenny Brausch | November 30, 2015

The key ingredients to a healthy wildlife environment are shelter, food and water. This design incorporates all three of these important features.

Butterflies and Beneficials Garden Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

This beneficials attracting garden plan is a low, sunny border planting, 30’ wide by 5’ deep.

Hummingbirds – Important Pollinators in the Willamette Valley
Jamie Powell | November 30, 2015

  “Hummingbird darts lightly through the world, spreading its message of joy and beauty, and teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of everyday existence. Hummingbird brings the gift of joy. Learn to laugh and be happy.”  -Unknown   Lifestyle: Hummingbirds are a very appealing pollinator to the garden.  They are a lot of

Conservation Neighbor: Jeff Mitchell, Pax Produce
Jeff Mitchell | November 2, 2015

Every garden is a learning opportunity. I was fortunate to be able to teach hands-on Botany to many, fantastic high school kids in Lincoln County and Philomath High School for over 28 years. Through careful research we identified key components of successful gardens, vineyards and orchards. I learned many things from my students. One of

Sunny Pollinator Garden
Signe Danler | October 15, 2015

This pollinator garden features showy native Willamette Valley plants.

bookshelf garden © A. Pennino
Gardening on a Budget: Raised Garden Beds
Amanda Pennino | May 23, 2015

Amanda shares some crafty ideas for raised bed gardening.

The front garden bed grows buckwheat as summer cover crop and the entire garden's soil surface has a thick organic mulch. © T. Matteson
Healthy Soil: The Foundation of a Productive Garden
Teresa Matteson | March 17, 2015

As you prepare your garden beds for cultivation this year, place soil maintenance at the top of your list, because healthy soil is the foundation of a productive garden.

Daffodils © C. Durbecq
Spring Has Sprung in the Willamette Valley, Is It Early?
Crystal Durbecq | March 9, 2015

Local plants may provide some clues as to whether spring is truly early this year.

bee © R. Schmitz
Will Benton County Be Oregon’s First Community Wildlife Habitat?
Donna Schmitz | April 11, 2014

With your help, Benton County can become the FIRST Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Oregon!

WiseWords Community Garden by Bart Everson, wikimedia commons
Rising Up: It’s Time to Think About Raised Bed Gardening
Crystal Durbecq | March 31, 2014

If you are thinking about getting your garden growing, raised beds might be a good choice to consider.

Tomato diversity
Tomato Harvest: a lesson in biodiversity!
Teresa Matteson | October 19, 2013

Tomato harvest is a lesson in biodiversity. Size diversity! Varietal differences produce fruit diameters from the half-inch Sweet One Hundreds to a 4-inch slicer. Color diversity! Zebra striped green, yellow pear, black Krim heirloom, and good ol’ homegrown red; the evasive ruddy hue sought in cold winter groceries while dreams of summer flavors dance in my head. Shape diversity!

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