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Question: What can you tell me about growing cranberries in the Umpqua Valley? I always assumed cranberries were difficult to grow. Don’t they grow in a swamp? Don’t you need to flood the fields?

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Question: Every year as the weather starts to change from late autumn to early winter, I start thinking about getting my perennials ready for winter. The problem is that I take an “all or nothing” approach. I have a tendency to cut everything back, and some years, I do absolutely nothing. Co…

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Question: I have a beautiful wisteria that I love and want to plant more, but a new acquaintance told me that wisteria is extremely invasive — is this true?

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Over the past 20 years as an OSU Extension agent in Douglas County, I have noticed that home orchard producers seem to have trouble trying to determine when pears and apples are ready to harvest.

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Question: I moved into an older home with established landscaping. I have one very large tree with English ivy wrapped around the base and growing up into the canopy. While it is beautiful, I have a hunch that it is not good for the tree. How do I go about removing the English ivy?

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Did you know that Oregon is home to nearly 65 species of native trees? From the coast to the Cascades, valleys to deserts, our landscape is blanketed with a beautifully rich assortment of trees.

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Question: I planted some hens and chicks a few years ago and was very surprised to see them bloom this summer. I didn’t know they actually bloomed. What can you tell me about hens and chicks?

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September and October in western Oregon is usually still very warm with daytime high temperatures often in the 80s, while much of the country experiences their first frost or freeze. With the current hot, dry weather pattern it seems this fall will be great for a fall vegetable garden.

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Question: Why are my tomatoes not ripening on the vine this summer? I have been providing adequate water and fertilizer. By mid-summer I am usually sharing my tomato bounty with friends, neighbors and our local food pantry. I have heard from other home gardeners that they are experiencing th…

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It’s pickle season! If you are looking for something to do this summer, you may want to try making your own pickles.

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When our normal winter rain pattern stopped in late March, I was pretty sure we were headed for the hottest year since the record heat of 2015. It seems like day time high temperatures in the 90s has become pretty common, with night time lows around 60 degrees.

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Question: I have never grown fennel and would like to add it to my garden. I have been reading that there are many plants that should not be planted with fennel. I don’t know much about growing this plant and am curious. What information can you share?

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Question: Recently, the Master Gardener Plant Clinic received an email from someone who has an invasive plant sprouting up in her backyard. Along with sending a photo of the plant, she asked us to identify it and how to get rid of it!

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Over the past few years we have heard about beneficial insects like honey bees and bumble bees being killed by pesticides or poor management practices. What home orchardists need to be working toward is a pest control strategy that hits the bad guys pretty hard but leaves the secondary pests…