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This is the first time as a nation we have dealt with a crisis of this magnitude without an end in sight. I’m scared, and that’s a bold statement for someone who feels like she’s got to be the rock of the family when a deadly pandemic is sweeping our nation and world.

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Question: I know that taking care of my garden soil is probably the most important factor in having a successful garden. However, when I go to a garden center, I am overwhelmed by the many choices available with different bags of material that I could add to my garden. I want to add only wha…

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Question: I am an avid gardener and have my schedule worked out very well. Now, I am watching my grandchildren and the schedule has gone out the window. They want to help but I am not so sure they really can or if I want it. They are 3 and 4 years old. Any suggestions?

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Question: I’d like to use ladybugs in my garden as natural predators to help my flowers and vegetables. Is there a better color of ladybug to buy and how do they help gardens?

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One of our most important jobs as parents is to teach our children the fundamental skills they will need throughout their lives.

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Question: I’m thinking about taking out some of the turf in my landscape and creating some “islands” of different plantings. I’ve long admired some of the ornamental grasses and wonder if you can give me some pointers on using them in my yard. Should I be worried about them becoming invasive?

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Question: When looking through a seed catalogue recently I came across pawpaw trees for sale. What can you tell me about them? Will they grow in our area? Can you give me some tips for growing a pawpaw tree?

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In January and February, Western Oregon is often one of the mildest locations in the country with daytime high temperatures in the 50’s while most of the country is frozen solid. Now flash forward to the end of April and our daytime high temperatures are still in the 50’s, while the rest of …

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Question: Large beetles were hitting our windows in the early morning, apparently attracted by the lights inside. We have never seen them before and found a couple dead on our driveway later that day. Any idea what they are?

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Roseburg Public Library has had a great first Summer Reading Program and first year of programs with kids and youth. You might have known about the summer programs, but did you know there are also programs for children and teens all year long? The Library has some fun new programs happening …

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WINCHESTER — Natalie and Hannah Regan made sure worms, roly-polies, caterpillars and other bugs would find a new home, while other volunteers spent Monday morning digging up the grass at Winchester Elementary School to make room for an outdoor garden classroom.

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Question: I have been gardening for a few years now, but I am never quite sure how to decipher all the information on the back of seed packets. What does the gardening terminology mean and what should I keep in mind as I read the back of the seed packets?

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TODAYSaturday Morning Breakfast — 8 a.m. to noon, Roseburg Senior Center, 1614 SE Stephens St. $5 per person, all you can eat. 541-671-2634.

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Parenting is a challenging, yet rewarding role that many adults take on lovingly. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that there were 73.7 million children under age 18 living in families in 2016. Canadian Census results found roughly 5.8 million children living in private households …

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Question: I have a home in the country that borders other homes and agricultural land. I need to control invasive weeds on my property but want to be a good neighbor. Please share a few tips on how to safely use herbicides.

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Each and every year, we as a family try to take the entire month of November to show and share our gratefulness and thankfulness to those around us.

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Question: I can’t believe how many acorns are in my yard this year! Never seen anything like it! Does this have some kind of ominous meaning, like we’re going to have a harsh winter?

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One of the most important steps in home orchard care is making dormant sprays to control overwintering insect pests, and tree fruit diseases. Dormant sprays with orchard crops are generally applied from about 50% leaf fall in November to bud break in late February, depending on the type of f…

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Question: I’m an avid gardener who just moved from a property with a large garden space to an apartment with a very small, limited garden space. I’ve been thinking about using containers to plant my garden but would like to know more about it. What suggestions can you offer?