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Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

I'm putting cardboard and chipped wood over much of my backyard to keep the weeds down. How much room should I leave free of cardboard around the trees (one planted only a year ago) so they get enough water (whether mine or rain)? Would it be OK/better to put the chipped wood around the...

We'd love to have some marionberries growing along the southern side of our house which gets great sun.  I've heard horror stories of blackberries taking over and nearly impossible to get rid of. So, here are my questions: Are marionberries as aggressive? Will they have potential...

I have a prolific lawn weed which appears usually in early June (however, early May this year). It first showed up four to five years ago and gets denser every year. Looks like a small dark green leaf clover with small yellow flowers. Vines get "woodier" as season progresses. Usually...

We are noticing fewer possums either alive or dead on the roads or roaming at night as compared to when we lived here in the valley 30 years ago. Has something changed?

We are considering removing our front lawn and putting in drought tolerant, native plants to reduce our water use and lower maintenance. where can we find support and advice to do this?

I have recently noticed many local Douglas firs turning brownish red (many needles dying), with some trees having entire limbs apparently dead or dying. I've seen this here in Corvallis, in the coast range, in the Portland area and in the Columbia Gorge; and I have seen it in young forest...

Most of our ornamental plum and cherry trees were affected by the single-digit temps last November. Lots (90%) of branches that haven't leafed out or have just a few scattered leaf clusters. Is there any chance of recovery or should I start replacing them?

I have a very active wild bird feeding area about 15' and about 30 yards from our house next to the Deschutes River in pines with an open meadow across the river. Hawks have discovered the birds and are attacking them. Any suggestions?

Is the threat of frost past for planting in the Willamette Valley?