Gardening Tips

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mother Nature may need help to pollinate squash and cucumbers
Cool, wet weather slows down pollinators, and fruit tends not to develop well.
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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.
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Healthy lawns need efficient irrigation
A new OSU Extension publication, available online, can help homeowners decide on an optimum lawn irrigation schedule.
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Caring for flowers in hanging baskets
With a little care, flower baskets will bloom for you all through the summer and into the fall.
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How to build a simple pond for native frogs
With minimal effort, you can attract Pacific chorus frogs to your property.