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With summer just around the corner, many of us will head to the woods to fish, camp and explore the wild places in our backyard. But before you head out for your next adventure, take some time to prepare your home and property for the summer wildfire season. We all felt the effects of the 20…

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Question: We are putting a stepping stone walkway in the front yard, and we would like to use something other than grass to fill in between the stones. Can you suggest other plants that will work well as a ground cover?

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Summer days are perfect for playing outside, swimming and relaxing with friends, but it turns out they are also a critical time in a child’s literacy development. Students can lose up to one-fourth of their reading skills over the summer, and those losses can add up over the years.

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Question: What steps should I be taking to ensure my family doesn’t contact any food-borne illnesses like Salmonella or E. coli from our home vegetable garden?

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The variety of fruit crops grown in Douglas County and Western Oregon is a treat for all of us. The local fruit season usually begins with strawberries, goes to blueberries, cherries, raspberries, plums, peaches, blackberries, table grapes, prunes, Asian pears, pears, apples, and wine grapes…

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It’s estimated that 50,000 people visit Disneyland per day. With more than 50 attractions, not including parades and shows, a little planning will get you a long way and save you much sanity. Last week I shared some of my tricks on planning and packing for Disneyland. Now that you’ve gotten …

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Question: I have several camellia shrubs and they have lots of blooms this year, but a lot of the leaves are black. They look dirty and are sticky, and some leaves have spots and are turning yellow. Can you tell me what is causing this and how to treat it?

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Thousands of blooming and verdant plants greeted customers on Saturday during the 31st annual Douglas County Master Gardeners Plant & Garden Expo at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

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Like many of you, training my children in certain areas is much more trying than others. For me, it’s housework. Not because I don’t think kids should help or because I think they are too small — I just like things a certain way and teaching them the way is exhausting.