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Most days, my getting-ready- to-go-out routine takes two minutes tops. And that includes finding my keys.

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The “non- gardening” winter months are a great time to take a closer look at Integrated Pest Management (IPM) concepts and how they can be used in home gardens in the months to come. The primary arsenals used in an IPM program include natural, cultural, physical/mechanical, biological, and c…

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Cold, snowy, and frozen January is a dreamy time for gardeners: snuggled into their homes with a warm drink, a fuzzy blanket and a stack of garden catalogs, they’re dreaming of plants to be in the coming months. Each gardening season offers a chance to learn from experience to create new suc…

The new year brings us a fresh start to improve our current lives, situations, mental and physical health and just to better ourselves. Some resolutions we set for ourselves are so extreme, challenging or expensive in both time and money that they are out of reach before we start them and we…

This is a Christmas story. I’ve told parts of it before. But some stories bear repeating, especially at Christmas, when old things — people and traditions and even the world — often seem new.

Traditional holiday arrangements are full of scented or berried evergreens, among the few garden items available to us in the winter months. Each of these greens performs differently, both in an arrangement and in the landscape. A closer look at some of the popular greens frequently used in …

With Christmas in a week, you are probably scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and perhaps your budget is stretched to the max. So now how do you make sure it will be a merry Christmas by making sure there is a present for everyone? Just buying a present to have so…

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Master Gardener training is often compared to a college course in horticulture: there is a significant time requirement, and concepts are treated in great detail from a research-based perspective. In 2020, Master Gardener programs across Oregon are striving to be more similar in every county…

Staying warm is probably a hard thing to do these days. With the cold temperatures and winter storms here, you probably are thinking of every way to stay warm, but it can come at a cost if you are not prepared. Here are a few ways to stay warm and not break your budget.

Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming, especially if you are hosting it at your house. Here are a few ideas to help make preparing the dinner a little easier and lower your budget so you can concentrate on the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Houseplants are easy to grow, and come in an increasingly wide range of colors, leaf shapes, and “habits,” making them an enjoyable addition to many homes. In winter months, houseplants may be the only gardening outlet available. Intensity and duration of available light diminish significant…