4/29 Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question:

I would like to try to plant lupine and hellebores from seed. I want to have a nice flower garden, but am on a tight budget when it comes to buying plants. Do you think I can start these plants from seeds?

Answer:

Lupine is a native plant and can be seen growing throughout the Willamette Valley from around late May through June. Hellebores has many varieties and blooms at different times of the year. I have personally grown lupine plants from the seeds I had collected from native plants and been very delighted to find the flowers were colored differently from that of the parent plant. As for the hellebores plant, I turned to the Internet for your answer and found that these plants can be grown from seed. However, they are slow growing so a watchful eye and patience is in order.

Question:

We have a few newly established fruit trees and want to keep them as disease and pest free as possible, but we do not wish to use toxic sprays on them. What would be a safe spray to use?

Answer:

Different fruit trees require different sprays to keep them healthy. To prevent any confusion, I would call your local extension office and ask to speak with a specialist and mention that you want to use an organic spray to keep your trees, the environment, and especially yourself, safe.

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