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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.

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I would say that I love to clean, but that makes me sound like a sad little person with no real hobbies. So, we’ll go with this one: I love a clean home. Therefore, I will clean and organize often for the end result. Yes, I am probably living in denial, considering vacuum marks and the smell…

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There is so much beauty outside this time of year. I love the flowers starting to bloom, the weather beginning to warm up and the cheerful laughs of children finally getting to play outside.

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Beginning April 2, the Master Gardener Plant Clinic will be open from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Located at the OSU Extension Office, 1134 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, the clinic is a free service offered to the public to answer gardening questions. Volunteers are there to diagnose plant…

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I asked a friend of mine who is from Ireland about St. Patrick’s Day. She told me that growing up they really didn’t celebrate it — the holiday is a much bigger deal here in the United States, and actually still sparks some controversy in Ireland.

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Question: We would like to add a blooming tree to our front yard. Can you recommend trees that will provide pretty blossoms in the spring and fit in a smaller yard?

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We are drifting into spring. It may be slow, but we are going to get there eventually. The beautiful flowers and pink tree blossoms are giving my days a much needed boost of color. I find spring, even more than the new year, a time for new beginnings and fresh starts — a launch season.

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Question: My daffodils put out leaves in the spring, but never produce any flowers. What am I doing wrong?

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Looking for some inspiration for what to do with your children to maximize family peace and joy time during the nine bonus days with them during Spring Break? So are we.

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Question: A client called the OSU Plant Clinic with a few questions. Why can’t I get my onions to form a bulb? Is it best to plant onion seeds, onion transplants or onion sets in the garden?