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Food safety starts in the garden
Fruits and vegetables can be carriers of pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses especially if animal manure has been used in or is near the garden.
Pears can be ripened to perfection
The colder the pears are, the longer they'll stay in good condition. In fact, they need to be cooled to ripen properly.
OSU Extension food safety/preservation hotline expects more than 3,000 calls
Call the OSU Extension Service Food Safety/Preservation Hotline from July 18 to October 13 at 1-800-354-7319, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotline is staffed by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers and OSU Extension staff.
Fall webworms have begun to appear in tree branches
The gauzy-looking tents at the end of tree branches are most likely fall webworm caterpillars working as a group to make a home.
Prevent water pollution when treating a mossy roof
It pays to get rid of moss and lichen to keep a roof in good shape. The trick is to keep chemicals from polluting the environment.
Check drainage to avoid salt build-up in planters
To avoid salt buildup in containers, let all the liquid run out of drainage holes at the bottom of the pot every time you water.
OSU Extension has guide to pickling vegetables
The publication, "Pickling Vegetables," from OSU Extension Service can help you prepare for pickling season.
Life's a picnic for yellow jackets
Not to be mistaken as honeybees, yellow jackets are mostly meat eaters and are particularly fond of rotting fruit.
Mother Nature may need help to pollinate squash and cucumbers
Cool, wet weather slows down pollinators, and fruit tends not to develop well.
Noxious knotweed resists conventional management techniques
A new Oregon State University Extension publication called "Biology and Management of Knotweeds in Oregon: A Guide for Gardeners and Small-Acreage Landowners" explains that the plant cannot be reasonably managed by non-chemical means.