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Below are feature articles from 2013 issues of Digger listed by month, title, author and subject. For articles from 2015 or later, please check

A complete collection of Digger issues dating back to 1956 is available in the library at the OAN offices in Wilsonville, Ore. Back issues of Digger may be requested from the OAN Publications Department (subject to availability.)

2013 Archives
Issue Title Author Summary
December 2013
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Bee-ing aware of insecticides Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
Protecting against cold damage Carolyn Scagel Plan now for next year, because you can't always blame the weather
The conifer lowdown Elizabeth Petersen Ground-hugging evergreens cling to challenging sites while bestowing color and texture on landscapes
JohnCoulter, General Manager/Sales Manager, Fisher Farms LLC Past president of OAN talks about his quarter century in the nursery industry
Shopping for value Jeff Stone Director's Desk
November 2013
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In credit we trust (but verify) Bill Stine In this improving economy, it's an ideal time to recommit to sound credit practices
Exotic edibles Peter Szymczak Nursery growers cultivate superfoods that enliven and enrich the culinary landscape
Getting to know mistletoe David Shaw This Northwest-native parasitic plant can be viewed as a pest, as a resource, or both
Is pay-per-click advertising the ticket for you? Casey Daline Pivot Points
On the 'Road to Nowhere' Jeff Stone Director's Desk
October 2013
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Street tough Elizabeth Petersen Urban development drives demand for new tree varieties that can handle challenging growing conditions in the city
Positive signs More active order placing and greater attendance distinguish the 2013 Farwest Trade Show
Feeding the imagination Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
The European scenario Matt Gold European growers rely on automation to overcome economic and regulatory challenges and stay profitable
Back from the ban Ryan Contreras and Gary McAninch New Buddleja cultivars prove it can make sense to legalize sterile versions of some invasives
New conventional thinking Jeff Stone Director's Desk
September 2013
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Wet & wild Tracy Ilene Miller The prevalence of bioswales and other urban water features is feeding a craze for plants that thrive in wet sites
Black gold Elizabeth Petersen Biochar could transform organic waste into an Earth-friendly, nutrient-rich resource for growers
Continuing education for Latino nursery workers Luisa Santamaria and Melissa Lujan Educators bring scientific knowledge from OSU Extension direct to the workplace
Getting back to basics Casey Daline Pivot Points
August 2013
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Agaves in Vogue Tracy Ilene Miller These spiky shrubs strike a pose wherever they're planted, and sales are spiking, too.
Taking a Stand for Statues Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
Building Your Brand with Style Casey Daline Pivot Points
Double the Satisfaction Curt Kipp An OAN member profile on Eshraghi Nursery's David and Linda Eshraghi, who are growing their nursery dreams with wholesale and retail operations.
The Wide World of Weeping Trees Elizabeth Petersen These elegant living sculptures occupy niches large and small in landscape design.
Faces of Farwest Crystal Cady Part 2 of our preview of some of the presenters who will make this year's Farwest Trade Show a can't-miss event.
Budding Love Mitch Lies Growers are fond of budding, the simple, though laborious, tree propagation method that's cost effective and highly successful.
Oregon Plants from Astoria to Zumwalt Linda K. Hardison The Oregon Flora Project is developing the first list of plants that grow here naturally in more than 70 years.
Continuing Our Legacy The Oregon Nurseries Foundation supports present and incoming college students pursuing horticulture careers with these scholarships for the 2013–14 college year.
The Profitable Side of Green Growing Allison Hensey and Jim Owen The Climate Friendly Nurseries Project turns up new ways to save money and energy.
July 2013
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Thoroughly modern Elizabeth Petersen Formerly a faded favorite, weigela has bounced back with colorful foliage and reblooming selections
Faces of Farwest Crystal Cady Here are just some of the presenters who will make this year's show a can't-miss event.
The value of responsive web design Casey Daline Pivot Points
Young Guns (part 2) Curt Kipp These future nursery leaders are already making their mark
Soil water management for field-grown nursery crops Richard Regan
Remembering our independence Jeff Stone Director's Desk
June 2013
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The (native) grass is always greener Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
Going native Elizabeth Petersen Plants that grow naturally in the Pacific Northwest are gaining in popularity
Are you prepared for plant shortages? Peter Szymczak The Farwest Trade Show is where growers and buyers can discover in-demand plants and take stock of new varieties
Natural growth Curt Kipp Beaverlake Nursery thrives on the popularity of native plants and habitat restoration projects
Putting the sun to work Jennifer Parke and Fumiaki Funahashi Solarization can be an effective way to kill pests, pathogens and weeds
The doorway of leadership Jeff Stone Director's Desk
May 2013
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Silvery beauties Elizabeth Petersen Plants with silver hues make a striking impression in the landscape
Plants for pollinators Gail Langellotto Nurseries can highlight the ecological benefits of pollinator-friendly plants
Growth is in the bag John Schmitz Grow bag proponents say they offer better root growth, healthier transplants
Sharing knowledge will help you grow Casey Daline Pivot Points
Meet The Leader Robert van Klaveren, President, Van's Nursery of Oregon Inc.
Learning to play dirty Jeff Stone Director's Desk
April 2013
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Growing as a team Curt Kipp Coordination is the key for annuals grower Smith Gardens and its four West Coast farms
Confidently tropical Tracy Ilene Miller Gardeners and retailers seek out plants with a tropical look that can survive Northwest conditions
Looking to the future Curt Kipp The Oregon Association of Nurseries lays the groundwork for future industry success
Courting the consumer in 2013 Elizabeth Petersen Current garden center trends suggest it's not just about plants, but lifestyle
Dealing with damping off Jerry Weiland and Luisa Santamaria Proper sanitation and other precautions can protect seedlings against disease from various pathogens
Our industry's next great chapter Jeff Stone Director's Desk


March 2013
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Follow the fragrance Elizabeth Petersen We surveyed garden designers on their favorite fragrant flowering shrubs, and here's what they said
So much at stake Curt Kipp The use of smart staking techniques will help save time, money and trees
Putting the grower in control Chal Landgren and David Gosser Researchers look at using growth regulators to control tree heights in production
Our industry's next great chapter Jeff Stone Director's Desk


February 2013
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Oregon adopts Plant Something™ Ann Murphy The new marketing program will help states reach out to garden consumers
Breaking it down John Schmitz Suppliers offer biodegradable alternatives to plastic nursery pots
Fantastic fuchsias for the landscape Elizabeth Petersen The large number of quality hardy selections on the market often catches gardeners unaware
Fertile ground Curt Kipp The brothers who own Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers believe in giving back, as well as paying it forward
An aversion to verticillium Jerry Weiland With proper attention, verticillium wilt disease can be managed
Now we're getting somewhere Jeff Stone Director's Desk


January 2013
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Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. Curt Kipp State of Perfection - Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc.
Brentano's Tree Farm LLC Curt Kipp State of Perfection - Brentano's Tree Farm LLC
Schreiner's Iris Gardens Curt Kipp State of Perfection - Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Van Essen Nursery Co. Curt Kipp State of Perfection - Van Essen Nursery Co.
Peace of Mind Nursery Inc. Curt Kipp State of Perfection - Peace of Mind Nursery Inc.
Find your perfect match Ann Murphy The new gives plant buyers and sellers powerful tools for doing business
Rules of (brown) thumb Jay W. Pscheidt By following these guidelines, you can help keep your plants green and healthy
Moving Forward Jeff Stone Director's Desk


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