Growing Figs in the Pacific Northwest

Choosing a Site: Figs should be planted in a full sun location. Figs can be planted in a container or in the ground.   Fertilizer: Fig trees grow satisfactorily in moderate soils without fertilizer. If growth is unsatisfactory then an application of Nitrogen is needed in the early spring. Don’t fertilize in the summer.   […]

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How to grow blackberries

Choosing a site: Blackberries produce best in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Blackberries can grow in just about any type of soil as long as it is well drained. If the soil drains slowly or is too wet, adding organic matter will help reduce the chance of root rot. Blackberries would prefer to […]

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How to plant and harvest rhubarb

Choosing a Site: A deep, rich, well drained sandy loam is ideal for rhubarb production. A slight to medium acid soil is best. Due to rhubarb’s high water requirement, the soil needs to have plenty of organic matter to help hold moisture for growing plants. Planting: Rhubarb crowns need to be very shallow. At least […]

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Growing Raspberries

      Choosing a Site: Raspberries produce best in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Raspberries grow best on a raised bed 8-10” high and 18-36” wide. We suggest working Gypsum into the raised beds. This will help prevent root rot. The pH should be between 5.5 and 7.5. If your pH is […]

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Bringing Birds to your Backyard

Are you looking to attract birds to your yard?  Consider the bird’s needs. Birds need a place to rest, to feed, to hide, and to sing. They like tall trees and low flowers. Their food consists of seeds, berries, and fruits. Since many Portland landscape shrubs are deciduous, adding more evergreens will provide cover and […]

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Caring for the Asian Pear Tree

Choosing a site: Asian pears bloom very early and are susceptible to late spring frost damage. If late spring frosts happen in your area, plant your trees where cold air will run downhill away from them. Asian pears thrive in soils that have only average amounts of fertility, water, and drainage. They also require great […]

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