Gardening Tips

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The subtle beauty of bark helps trees survive the winter
The basic function of bark is to help the tree survive drying winds and extremes of temperature.
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Drought-tolerant native evergreens give year-round interest
Drought-tolerant evergreens keep a Mediterranean garden green year round.
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Booklet explains grafting and budding techniques to propagate plants
The updated18-page booklet gives the best season to propagate fruit and ornamentals.
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A dead tree or shrub? Learn from a post-mortem analysis
There are many reasons for a woody plant to succumb and a "post-mortem" analysis can point out clues.
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How to test your stored seed for germination
You can discover the average rate of germination before the planting season begins.
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Canning seafood: How to prepare and process safely
New to the publication are instructions on how to check home-canned seafood for spoilage and how to detoxify it.
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Gift suggestions for gardeners
Thirty-eight gifts for your gardener friends and family
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Oregonians have many choices for Christmas trees
Many Oregonians seem to prefer a tree more open than the typical sheared Douglas fir produced for shipment out of state.
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How to keep your Christmas tree fresh
Christmas tree specialists bust the myths about how to take care of your cut Christmas tree
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Make holiday decorations from plants in your garden
Intertwined organic materials such as grapevines, evergreen boughs and berries make natural-looking wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces.