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Question: This past summer, I added a variety of herbs to my vegetable garden. Now, I am wondering what to do with them. Will they survive the winter, or should I dig them up and compost them?

  • TERESA MIDDLETON For The News-Review
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October is a great month: fall colors, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored everything and National 4-H Week. Even though we are past the official National 4-H Week, it isn’t too late to celebrate the accomplishments of the more than 6 million youth who are reached annually through 4-H, as well …

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There is nothing quite like making your child’s dress-up dreams come true come Halloween only to have them wear their costume for an hour and then never again.

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Ally was more than a pet cat, she was my 7-year-old daughter’s closest friend. She was lugged around the yard, dressed up and relentlessly hugged. Every day my daughter spent hours with Ally, so when I had the responsibility to tell my daughter that her precious cat was killed by a car, it a…

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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The rainy season will be here soon, and livestock in small pastures, paddocks or other confined spaces benefit from proper management of mud and manure. Now is the time to identify those areas that need treatment, such as high traffic areas and roof drip lines. Not managing mud and manure pr…

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Camp Millennium Pumpkin Patch at Wildlife Safari. Opens Oct. 1. Every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission but purchase tickets for carnival games. 1790 Safari Rd., Winston.

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Deep crimson crept from behind tiny golden balls of pollen to blend into the pumpkin-orange tips of a dahlia’s eight small petals. Across the room, a dinner plate-sized dahlia with too many magenta and cotton-candy-pink petals to count floated in a water-filled bowl while a round spiky ball …

  • STEVE RENQUIST For The News-Review
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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:

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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?