Happy Halloween! There are no tricks here, only treats! The first of the fall and winter holidays is here. You can treat your garden to a little late season love by getting out and doing a little raking and cleaning up. Enjoy the sun between the showers and get ready for Thanksgiving!
This week we featured...
Oregon Garden Fall Festival
The Oregon Garden is not usually a scary place! The Garden is putting on a frightening mask for the coming weekend. We visited with Jessica Waters to find out what frightening events you will encounter at the garden this weekend. Some of the fun activities for the whole family include pumpkin seed toss, pumpkin sling-shot, hay maze, haunted rediscovery forest, fall floral arranging demonstration and more—prizes for children and animals in costume. Animals from Wildlife Safari on display Saturday & Sunday. Don’t forget the big costume contest for kids and pets. On Sunday kids can also enjoy crafts by the Craft Warehouse of Salem. With all this fun, don’t be scared, just come to the Oregon Garden!
Winter Bird Care
If you are looking to attract birds to your yard or garden you have to provide them the right reasons. We stopped by Drakes 7 Dees (503-256-2223) to find out from Lynn Snodgrass about what you need to have in your garden to be successful. We started with feeders. Picking the right food for the birds you want to attract is very important. Then you have to select the right feeder for that food. Fresh water is a major ingredient. Flowing water features are the best since they don’t freeze when the weather gets cold, but if you don’t have one of those pick a deeper bird bath or check the water frequently to make sure it doesn’t freeze. There are also a lot of winter berry plants that will keep your bird visitors well fed. Lynn featured snowberry and cotoneaster. Shelter is also something you should consider and the best are natural shelters like conifers and other taller bushes. They are looking for a place to visit. Make sure they visit your garden this winter. If you are looking for supplies stop by Drakes or your local independent garden center.
Looking to add some color to the upcoming holidays. Donna Wright from Black Gold showed us how to force your favorite bulbs into spectacular beauty for the winter months ahead! She demonstrated how easy it is to force Paper Whites and Amaryllis. You can use any pot or decorative container and you can use a variety of different soils and stones to do it. Now is the time to do this as the selection of bulbs in the garden centers is at its best right now.
A couple of weeks ago we showed you how easy and affordable it was to build a Solexx Greenhouse (800-825-1925). Now we returned to see what you can add to your greenhouse to make your gardening experience more successful. Michelle Moore took Judy inside a Solexx house to show off some of the neat tools you can get. First we talked about lights. If you want to extend the growing season, a lot of plants require additional light. You can find a wide variety of lights to fit any budget, you really need to figure out what your needs are. Next were options for heating your greenhouse and plants. Of course, you can also get fans, thermometers, and watering systems. To find the right gear for your greenhouse check out their on-line catalog.
Evergreen Shade Perennials
With most of your garden plants losing their leaves you may be itching for plants that will stay green through the winter months. We paid a visit with Ken of Extra Perennial Nursery (503-628-1492) to see some of the wonderful plants that will thrive in those shady areas. Ken started with a couple of gingers, the Chinese Wild Ginger and one named ‘Callaway’. Then he showed us a couple of hellebores including ‘Mrs. Betty Ranicar’ and ‘Ivory Prince’. He finished the ‘show and tell’ with Black Mondo Grass (which is really a member of the lily family) and a Plumed Soft Shield Fern. William liked the fern so much; he bought one to take home! We also found out that Extra Perennial Nursery is a chemically non-dependant nursery. That means the plants are thriving without the use of chemical fertilizers and that makes them acclimate better to your garden when you get them home! If you want to see a really cool nursery, check them out in the Scholls area.