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Question: I have recently moved to this area and am currently in an apartment with a small patio, surrounded on three sides with dirt and fencing. I miss not only my garden and my fruit trees but I miss gardening. Any tips for me?

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I’ll be honest, thankful and 2020 are two words I would never consciously put together. This year has made me tired in ways I never thought I would be.

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Question: My silver maple is starting to drop its leaves. As I was raking them up, I noticed that many of the yellow leaves are covered with all these little red or black bumps on the upper surfaces. Then I looked up and saw that the whole tree seemed to have the same raised areas on most of…

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Children who spend a lot of time outdoors benefit from exposure to nature in myriad ways, some of which may surprise even the most devoted outdoorsmen.

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A few years ago I wrote about the challenge of pruning landscape plants. It is a complicated subject since one pruning style does not apply to all plants.

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Question: Our two-acre property is mostly devoted to grass and we are tired of maintaining it. We would like to drastically decrease the lawn area, but still want to work in our yard. Any suggestions for us that aren’t too drastic? I don’t want to rip it all out.

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September and October in western Oregon is usually still very warm, with daytime high temperatures often in the 70s or 80s, while much of the country experiences their first frost or freeze and the gardening season comes to an end. This lovely fall regional weather condition for Douglas Coun…

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Question: My pepper and tomato plants are looking good and starting to set fruit. Last year, just before the peppers and tomatoes started to get ripe, the side facing the sun got scorched. How can I keep that from happening?

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Question: I remember visiting my grandmother in the winter years ago and she was still serving fresh tomatoes from her summer garden. How did she do it? I wish I had paid attention!

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The OSU Douglas County Master Gardener Plant Clinic, 1134 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, has open on a modified schedule. Experienced volunteers are available to answer gardening and landscaping questions 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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I feel like the mom in me comes out when I offer life advice, but these practices have been prominent enough in my daily life to not want to scream from the roof tops or, just for loves sake, write and share. In no particular order these are five things that highlight the most important part…

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Question: I am a beginning gardener and would love to grow vegetables for my table but I am concerned about pesticides I might use on plants getting into the nearby river. Do you have any solutions for this dilemma?

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Question: How can I grow better peppers? Some of my transplants either die or fail to thrive. If the plants grow well, the weight of the peppers tend to break the branches before they are ripe, and if they get ripe, the peppers get burned by the sun.

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Question: I’ve been noticing these globs of foam on some of my landscape plants and strawberry leaves. It looks like someone spit on my plants! What in the world?