The story begins in 1958 when OSU breeder Tex Frasier sent a few trial seeds to the Hanley Farm Research Station. The seeds were a cross between a Campbell Soup and a Oxheart varieties resulting in the Medford tomato. On a summer day in the 1960s, Clarence Holdridge, a Bagley Cannery fieldman while inspecting a… Read More.
Hey, it’s time for the Second Annual KMED Plant Nerd Night! This is a great opportunity to hang out with fellow plant nerds, learn about new and exciting plants, and well just have some plain old good fun! In my opinion gardeners are among the happiest and most fun lovin’ group of folks on the… Read More.
The 36th Annual Spring Garden Fair, hosted by the Jackson County Master Gardeners, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Expo in Central Point. Admission is $3, free for children 15 and under. The arena will… Read More.
Paul & I have been asked to speak at the 1st Annual Plant Nerd Night. At first I was reluctant to say yes as I rate public speaking right up there with getting a root canal or attending traffic court, but when I heard that Stan Mapolski ‘The Rogue Gardener’ will be the Master of Ceremonies… Read More.
Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed the middle week of June 16th to 21st as Oregon Pollinator Week. You can check out www.Pollinator.org for events during pollinator week but the easiest thing to do would be to plant a pollinator friendly plant for the bees!’ You get the beauty of the flowers and herbs and the… Read More.
In our veggie garden aphids and lettuce just seem to go hand in hand. The little buggers just love to get down in the leaves & so far the only control we’ve ever used was to just wash them off when we harvest. I was super excited when I read a great article about planting… Read More.
I was recently asked how we choose the varieties of plants we grow. So I thought I’d share how we determine who’s a Hit and who’s a Miss. The average gardener’s mailbox starts filling up with loads of seed catalogs in early January. When you grow plants for a living you can multiply that number… Read More.
Peonies still take my breath away every spring! Despite their sweet and delicate appearance, peonies are one of the hardiest perennials you can grow. They don’t have a huge amount of rules for success, just give them plenty of sun, well drained soil, and a bit of organic fertilizer and they’ll reward you with blooms… Read More.
We planted the first round of peas yesterday in the greenhouse & it made my heart sing that ‘it’s almost spring’ song! Our son Elijah, his wife CC & their 8 month old son Zadok were my planting crew today. It brought back many sweet memories of when the boys were small.… Read More.
I always think of that great R.E.M. song “Shining, Happy People” when I walk into the greenhouses & see all those sweet little pansy faces. They have such a happy look on their bright little faces, as if they’re smiling at you. Well, one things for sure, they always make me smile! With the hottest… Read More.