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Planting a vegetable garden is a great way to have fresh, delicious and healthy food right at your fingertips. Few things are sweeter than a ripe strawberry on a June day, and a crisp, green salad fresh from the garden makes the perfect meal on a hot summer night.

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: For safety reasons, we recently had to remove a row of trees from in front of our home. Now, our front yard and our windows are very visible from the street, and I feel that every passing car is looking in. I see beautiful red-leafed shrubs around town that should make a good barri…

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Summer is a carefree time of year, when we bask in the sun that we dreamed about all winter long. But with that warm sun comes fire season. Before the summer heat really kicks in, now is the perfect time to accomplish many home and property fire preparedness maintenance tasks. Take a look at…

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Teens promoting leadership through community service. That is the mission statement of the Douglas County 4-H Teen Leadership Team. This group of 4-H youth in grades 7 to 12 come from all over the county and meet once a month to plan community service projects and leadership activities.

  • ALICIA JONES For The News-Review
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It’s probably no surprise to hear that Douglas County is 95 percent forestland, and of that, 18 percent is owned by small private woodland owners. Small woodland owners, or Nonindustrial Private Forest (NIPF) owners, are individuals, families, trusts or partnerships whose total ownership is …

  • LAURIE MICHAELS For The News-Review
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Several Douglas County 4-H and Family Community Health employees are recognized for their outstanding commitment to excellence at the 2017 4-H & FCH Spring Conference for their contributions to their programs through Oregon State University Extension. Either peers in Extension nominated …

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: “That time of year” is almost here, which means I need to start thinking about the annual spring cleaning. In looking through my garage storage area, I find that we have accumulated a lot of garden and lawn-related chemicals over the years. How do I tell which ones are still good, …

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The first couple of months in 2017 brought us an overabundance of rain that fully saturated soils, overflowed creeks and rivers and occupied many low-lying areas. The excess water has also made for some very muddy conditions.

  • Steve Renquist OSU Master Gardener
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Question: For most of my long gardening career, I have had great success growing fruits and vegetables in the mild climate of Douglas County. Then, during the past three to four years, I began losing crops to insect pests or disease. It started with small white worms or larvae getting into m…

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The past few years seem to be setting a challenging trend for gardeners in our region and across the country. Each year from 2013 to the present seems to be getting warmer and drier, and our state has been the unfortunate recipient of a few new invasive insects that challenge gardeners.