• 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.

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: No matter which window I look out of this time of year, all I see are the 50 shades of gray of an Oregon winter. My heart longs for the days of spring and summer when I can be out working in my garden, enjoying the creativity, fresh air and sun. What do you do as a Master Gardener …

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: My mother always had a Christmas cactus that bloomed so beautifully for the holidays. My sister inherited the cactus, and last year, it was passed on to me. For the first time in years, our cactus failed to bloom. Is it something I did, am doing or did the Grinch steal my Christmas…

  • ALICIA JONES For The News-Review
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Woodland ownership is attractive to a variety of people for a variety of reasons. According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the 2013 National Woodland Owner Survey showed that the top reasons for family forest ownership in Oregon are beauty, privacy, nature, wildlife, water, recrea…

  • ALICIA JONES For The News-Review
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As many of us look forward to the holiday season, we’re not likely thinking about our taxes. But after the busy end of year gatherings, feasts and celebrations, the reality inevitably hits us in the new year we must start gathering documents and preparing our taxes that are due in just a few…

  • STEVE RENQUIST Extension Spotlight
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Anyone who wants to raise tree fruit crops needs to know that dormant sprays are extremely helpful to control overwintering insect pests and tree fruit diseases. What they may not realize is that if you have a dormant spray program, you make your summer pest control job about 80 percent easi…