Gardening Tips

Here you'll find quick and easy gardening tips to help you avoid mistakes, fix problems, and maximize your harvest in your garden.

The native ladybug has larger and not many distinct black spots on an orange background, while the Asian lady beetle has a red background with frequent black spots.

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How to Tell The Difference Between Native US and Asian Ladybugs

You probably already know that ladybugs are beneficial insects that are good for our gardens. These brightly colored beetles are easily recognized by their bright colors and black spots. But did you know that there are more than 5000 species of ladybugs around the world? In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen compares the most common native and non-native ladybugs in the United States.

A close-up of beautiful forest mushrooms, featuring a brown mushroom with textured cap, growing amidst lush green grasses in a serene forest setting.

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Are Mushrooms Bad For Your Lawn?

Did you wake up one morning to find your beloved lawn covered in mushrooms? Are you wondering where they came from and if you should be worried? Good news: there’s no cause for alarm. Plant biologist and amateur mycologist Emily Estep will walk you through the basics and alleviate your concerns about mushrooms in your lawn.

raised bed greenhouse

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How to Turn a Raised Bed into a Greenhouse

If you’re gardening in raised beds and want to extend your growing season, consider converting your bed into a mini greenhouse. Briana Yablonski shares how to complete this process with some PVC, a sheet of plastic, and a spare afternoon.

View of a two-story brick house with a stunning flowering rooftop garden including Orpine, Echinops, Common juniper, Verbena, and other perennials.

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How to Grow a Productive Rooftop Garden

If you live in an urban setting but still want to grow your own vegetables or just enjoy the peace and beauty of a garden, consider a rooftop garden. Gardening expert Melissa Strauss has some tips to help get you on the right track.

A blue and yellow Swallowtail butterfly perches on the golden center of a violet-hued zinnia.

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15 Plants to Grow This Pollinator Week

Are you wondering what you can do this Pollinator Week to help sustain and protect integral pollinator populations? In this article, gardening expert and beekeeper Melissa Strauss shares some of her favorite pollinator plants for your garden.

A close-up of crimson clover plants reveals vibrant red flowers, each with delicate white streaks, while the leaves showcase a lush green hue with distinct three-lobed structures.

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13 Best Plants for Green Mulch

Green mulching is a way to support your soil health, local wildlife, and pollinators and beautify your garden. Join organic farmer Jenna Rich as she discusses 13 great plants to use as green mulch.

Vibrant purple turtlehead flowers bloom gracefully against a backdrop of rich green foliage, creating a picturesque scene of natural beauty in a garden.

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21 Plants that Thrive in Wet Soil

Wet, boggy, poorly drained gardens or pots missing adequate drainage are conditions that many gardeners consider problems, but for these plants, sopping wet soil is a positive, not a negative. Garden expert Christina Conner wades through 21 plants for rain gardens and swampy soils.

Oregon growing zones. A close-up of a large Berberis aquifolium bush that showcases glossy, holly-like leaves and clusters of small, bright blue berries, adding a splash of color to its dense foliage.

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Which Growing Zones are in Oregon?

Known for its lush Pacific Northwest forests and abundant agricultural valleys, Oregon is a highly diverse region for gardening. Former organic farmer and Oregon State University extension specialist Logan Hailey outlines everything you need to know about the Beaver State’s growing zones.

Collage of two images of wooden vs. metal raised beds. A wooden raised bed is made of a wooden frame, filled with soil and various plants of dill, radishes, beets and other vegetable crops. The metal raised bed is made of galvanized metal, has a ribbed structure and a pale green tint. Young cabbage seedlings grow on a raised bed.

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Wood vs. Metal Raised Beds: Which is Better?

Raised beds offer the ultimate growing solution for gardens with poor soil, aggressive weeds, or space constraints, but should you plant your crops in wood or metal? Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey discusses the pros and cons of each and how to choose the best material for your garden.

beneficial weeds. Close-up of flowering Chickweed plants (Stellaria media) in a sunny garden. Chickweed is a delicate annual herb with small, oval-shaped leaves arranged in pairs along its succulent, branching stems. Its dainty white flowers, each containing five deeply notched petals.

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41 Beneficial Weeds and Their Uses

While some weeds can be problematic for garden crops, weedy plants aren’t always the enemies we’ve made them out to be. Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey digs into the beneficial uses of common weeds for everything from pest control to pollinator habitat to edible nutrition and herbal remedies.