Basics

Whether you're new to gardening or experienced, everyone needs some gardening basics to get going!

In this category, you'll find a wealth of information that spans a wide number of topics. From seed starting to grow bag gardening, pruning tips to raised bed tricks, you'll find the fundamentals of gardening awaiting you here.

While it's optimized towards new gardeners, even a pro can find useful tips in our Basics category. We all need to get back to basics sometimes, and there are always useful tools and tips that other gardeners have developed along the way to add to your own practices.

Our Basics category can inspire you to new gardening heights, too. Those who have experience with in-ground planting can learn about other techniques such as raised beds or vertical gardening.

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.

Gardening Tips

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.

A wooden raised bed adorned with an array of red and green lettuce leaves, their delicate fronds swaying gently in the breeze, surrounded by a tapestry of diverse plants.

Raised Bed Gardening

13 Raised Bed Garden Design Ideas

Ready to get into raised bed gardening and looking for design inspiration? Wondering how you can style your garden beds in unique and useful ways? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros offers 13 ideas for designing a beautiful and productive raised bed garden.

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.

Close-up of a raised bed with growing zucchini plants. The zucchini plant is a lush, bushy annual characterized by sturdy, succulent stems branching out from its base, supporting a canopy of large, bright green leaves with prominent veins and slightly fuzzy textures.Amidst the foliage, vibrant yellow flowers bloom, each bearing five distinct petals and a central stamen.

Raised Bed Gardening

5 Tips for Growing Great Zucchini in Raised Beds

Zucchini is a prolific grower and generous giver. While zucchini loves room to spread, getting a great yield while contained in a raised bed isn’t an issue with the proper preparation. Garden expert Christina Conner shares her top tips for growing great zucchini in raised beds this summer.

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.

pollinator garden raised beds. Close-up of a white wooden raised bed with various flowering plants attracting pollinators to a sunny garden. The raised bed features red and yellow petunias, Verbascum 'Southern Charm', purple and white Sweet Alyssum, Echium pininana, pink and purple hydrangeas, Phlox, Salvia and more.

Raised Bed Gardening

How to Grow a Pollinator Garden in Raised Beds

Pollinator gardening is a popular way for plant lovers to support those all-important garden workers. We just love a functional and beautiful raised bed garden. In this article, beekeeper Melissa Strauss will help you build a raised bed garden that the butterflies will be talking about for miles.

garden color schemes. Close-up of a flowering bed of colorful zinnias in a sunny garden. Zinnias are vibrant and eye-catching annual flowers known for their striking colors and diverse forms. They feature sturdy stems with lance-shaped leaves arranged opposite each other. Atop these stems, zinnias produce large, daisy-like flowers with multiple layers of petals in a wide array of hues, including shades of red, orange, pink, and white.

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10 Garden Designs for Different Color Schemes

Choosing colors for the garden allows us to play with exciting combinations and moods. Color combinations create lively, energized spaces or peaceful and serene ones. They’ll complement a home or contrast it beautifully through striking opposites. Explore ideas for different color schemes with garden designer Katherine Rowe.