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Season Extension (SE) is a collection of techniques enabling fruit and vegetable growers manipulate growing conditions for harvesting a longer period, and includes tools and activities from simple frost cloth over tender plants to high tunnel structures that resemble traditional greenhouses …

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Power yourself with greens! Any dark leafy greens paired with wholesome nuts and seeds will give you lots of energy to power thru your busy day. This salad you can make as small or large as you want.

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A longhorn beetle found on the fairgrounds last weekend, probably attracted from some nearby wooded area to bright evening lights, prompted a lengthy discussion of beetles in the 4-H goat barn. Male longhorn beetles, members of the family Cerambycidae, are easily recognizable due to ultra-lo…

The weather is getting and staying really hot (but thank goodness we don’t have humidity to go along with it). We live in such beautiful country that it would be a shame if we didn’t take advantage of the outdoors, but staying safe while we do it. Here are a few ideas on the ways to stay coo…

Note to readers: I’m taking this week off to spend time with my family. The following column was published in October 2012, when I lived in Las Vegas. Thanks for reading! — Sharon

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If you’re lucky, you’re already avoiding the 100-plus degree heat some areas are experiencing; hunkered down at home, sipping a glass of iced tea, staying downwind of an air conditioner or a fan. But while you’re hiding from the sun, your electric meter is out there, whirring like a tiny tor…

The toys were taking over. Not my toys. I don’t have any. And not my husband’s toys, either, though he has plenty — basses and guitars and ukuleles and plastic fruit noise makers.

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Rice and beans don’t have to be boring! You can put any of your favorite things into this salad; your favorite rice, beans, veggies, dried fruit and nuts. This beautiful salad not only looks good but it provides great plant nutrition for you!

If you are like me, you have been accumulating stuff forever. What better time than now to clean out your garage and deal with all the items you no longer need or will use. The project seems overwhelming and can be unless you tackle it with the right attitude and help. Here are some ways to …

When asked what I do for a living, I’m tempted to say, “I’m an entertainer. I stand half naked in public, baring my soul and juggling live chickens.”

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The Oregon Bee Atlas is a multi-year study of native bee populations in Oregon. Currently in its third of five years, the Bee Atlas will help us gain insight into the variety and abundance of native bees across the state. With growing public interest in bees, gardeners and homeowners are mor…