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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the gradual warming trend the Pacific Northwest has been experiencing over the past 15 to 20 years. The daytime high temperatures have routinely reached the 90-degree range, while nighttime low temperatures stayed in the 60s. These would be 10 degrees warmer th…

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The tomatoes at Big Lick farm are plentiful this time of year. They grow many different varieties including big, small, yellow, orange, green, red and multicolored. This week in my CSA box, I got so many Green Zebra’s. It was my first time having a Green Zebra tomato.

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Looking for some books to get your child excited about reading? Each year, SMART students vote on their favorite books. Here are some of their top picks, along with a few new additions to the collection:

  • Michelle Hamlin
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From the faraway land of your very own cupboard you can make a safe, effective and fragrant cleaning spray. I have used it for years and would recommend it for the first-time mother-to-be all the way to my children’s great-grandmother still making delicious pies, and everyone in between.

  • TERESA MIDDLETON For The News-Review
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Summer vacation is over, school has begun and soon the new 4-H year will start. What does school starting and 4-H have in common? Learning! “Learn-by-doing” is the 4-H slogan, and research shows that hands-on learning is the most effective way to learn. 4-H focuses on teaching new topics and…

  • Bonnie Courter Master Gardener
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Question: I’ve been trying to keep my lawn green during this hot summer by watering for two hours every day. However, I was horrified by how high my recent water bill was! And my lawn still looks patchy and brown. How can I maintain a healthy lawn during a drought without going broke?

  • STEVE RENQUIST Extension Spotlight
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The past four years have seen a consistent warming trend in summer temperatures. It seems like daytime high temperatures in the 90s have become common, with nighttime lows from 65 to 70 degrees.

  • Chris Rusch Master Gardener
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Question: A client called the Plant Clinic this week. He and his son planted pumpkins this spring, hoping to culture a “Giant Pumpkin” for a local contest, but his pumpkins are not as large as he expected. What is the trick to growing giant pumpkins?

  • TERESA MIDDLETON For The News-Review
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August in Douglas County is almost synonymous with fair time. Here in Douglas County, our fair is woven into our local tradition, but have you wondered how fairs like ours began? County fairs are part of our country’s history, dating back to the 1700s.

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: As recent transplants to Oregon, we found the area below our home covered with the most beautiful green and yellow shrubbery. Now, our neighbors are telling us that it is a noxious weed that should be removed. Is it really that bad and, if so, what should we do to get rid of it?

  • STEVE RENQUIST Extension Spotlight
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The fall and winter of 2016 to 2017 has really delivered the moisture for central Douglas County. Depending on your location, we have seen anywhere from 45 to 50 inches of rainfall versus a normal average of 36 inches. This rainfall has been great for recharging groundwater and filling reser…

  • Larry Sutton Master Gardener
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Question: Late last summer, my lawn and garden were invaded by a new weed. While it looked like a grass, it grew faster and taller than my lawn grass. The leaves were light green to yellowish, and if I didn’t mow, they grew with a long tapered tip and a yellow flower.

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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…