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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 am getting ready to plant fall bulbs. When I went to purchase them, I had a wide variety from which to choose. However, I noticed that the labels included terms like corms, rhizomes and tubers. What is the difference?

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While it may not feel like it this year, fall is right around the corner. The official start of fall comes with the equinox on Sept. 22, but nature is telling us it’s on the way.

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Question: I remember, growing up, that my family always served collard greens on our Sunday dinner table. My grandmother grew them in her backyard. Growing up in a collard culture is filled with childhood memories that I will always cherish. Can I grow collards in my home garden in the Umpqu…

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Across Douglas County, Rita Prothero has made a career out of helping people get their lives organized. In 2007, she started her business Tempa: Temporary Assistance, offering different services including organizing your home or office, downsizing, relocating and beyond.

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Summer presents its own set of garden maintenance tasks. To make matters interesting, it may be hot, dry, wet, cool, cloudy or sunny. There may be insect or disease infestations, or not.

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Question: I have a deck which gets full sun and I want to have some pretty flowering containers out there. When I have tried before, my flowers never looked as good as the ones I see at other places. Can you give me some tips for growing beautiful container gardens?

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Oregon’s oak woodlands, savannas and forests are some of the most biodiverse habitats in the state. In Douglas County, most oaks are found on private land. The Umpqua Basin contains some of the largest remaining tracts of oak habitat in the Pacific Northwest, benefiting wildlife and helping …

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Question: Our new home has a very shaded porch area so I am unable to use any of the flowers I love and have used every year to make a colorful, inviting display. I need suggestions on what plants to use in containers for this area. Also, any different display ideas?

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Question: I have always planted bulbs in the fall, but now I realize that there are also bulbs that I could plant now. What bulbs should I be planting in the spring?

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A gang of green-thumbed experts converged on the Douglas County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building on Saturday for the 35th annual OSU Extension Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo. During the day-long event, more than 15,000 plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees — …

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Question: What is the difference between growing jack-o’-lantern pumpkins and pie pumpkins? I know now is the time to start my pumpkin plants for fall harvest, so can you give me some recommendations?