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Why is our coastal fruit dropping?

Q: I take care of several local orchards and have been finding huge amounts of fruit drop and poor setting near Astoria. Apples, cherry, plum, very weak production in the orchards. Do you know if this is common, or what causes it?

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Do I have poison hemlock in my pasture?

Q: I found these plants growing in my horse pastures. I plan on spraying unless someone can tell me that they are definitely not hemlock.

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How can I use my garden snails?

Q: How can I make the snails in my yard useful? I know it's a long shot, but I figured the MG team would think of something, if anyone could. I'm sick of killing them. Can I move them to my compost pile? We do a ...

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Is it warm enough to transplant my tomato starts?

Q: I've been waiting for temps consistently over 50. It seems we have reached that. Don't have a soil thermometer. Can I plant them outside now that we had those 80 deegree days over the weekend?

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What are these mysterious red casings?

Q: I found two red pods or casings in a raised bed. What are they? Are they harmful to my garden plants?

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Can I put barbecue ash in my compost or worm bin?

Q: I barbecue a lot, and wind up having to dispose of ash leftover from hardwood charcoal (no “briquettes”). Can I put it in my compost and or worm bin? How about on my vegetable garden or flowerbeds?

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What is eating my Swiss chard?

Q: Can you give me an idea of what might be chewing up my Swiss chard in my home garden? Some leaves are practically shredded so there’s nothing left. I’ve baited with slug bait but that doesn’t seem to help. Hopefully...

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What is happening to my laurels?

Q: We have some large laurels with holes and discoloration on the leaves and wondering what is causing it and how to treat it. We don't see anything on the bottom side of leaves. We'd appreciate your opinion and advice.

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Are last year's potatoes still edible?

Q: Hi! We planted potatoes last summer and then didn’t end up digging them up. We dug them up today (early April). Can we eat them? Can we use them to start new potatoes?

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Is it too wet to plant?

Q: With the rain keeping soil wet I do not know whether I should just plant my seeds in the ground in the rain or wait until the soil is a little dryer. Do I go ahead and plant now or wait till the ground is drier?

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