Mike Darcy, Blog Contributor

Mike Darcy is a well-known gardening expert and media personality in the greater Portland area. He has hosted a gardening radio show for 35 years as well as presented garden television shows on OPB, KPTV, and KATU. He writes a column “What I’m Hearing” for Digger, the trade magazine for Oregon Association of Nurseries and writes a regular garden column for Black Gold Potting Soil. He and his wife maintain a lovely garden that they frequently open to various groups and non-profit organizations. Mike’s garden is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and his advice is consistent with the mild climate there.

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Fitting In Fruit Trees with Mike Darcy

With many homes being built closer together and lot sizes seemingly getting smaller and smaller, having the space for fruit […]

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Fall Slug & Snail Control for Home Gardeners with Mike Darcy

I doubt if there are many gardeners in western Oregon and Washington that have not had slugs or snails, or […]

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Produce Sale Tips with Mike Darcy

One of my favorite sales at Wilco is the annual sale of fresh local produce by the case. I can […]

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Mixology Herbs with Mike Darcy

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book The Drunken Botanist, The Drunken Botanist Plant Collection has just arrived at Wilco. This collection […]

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Salvia Sensation with Mike Darcy

I believe that many gardeners can get ‘carried away’ with a certain group(s) of plants and it can almost become […]


Home Grown Vegetables Pack a Punch

There are many reasons people grow their own vegetables, and the number one reason is probably taste. It is hard to […]

How to Grow Great Tomatoes with Mike Darcy

How do you grow tomatoes It will probably be of no surprise that for home gardeners, the tomato is ranked […]

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Spud Magic with Mike Darcy

Walking into the Wilco store in Canby, I was drawn to the display of seed potatoes and it brought back […]

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Potted Roses with Mike Darcy

What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare’s  “Romeo and Juliet”. The […]

Hazelnut Shells in the Garden with Mike Darcy

I have used hazelnut shells as pathways in my garden for many years. I think that I first saw hazelnut […]