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Can my bushes bounce back after hot, dry winds?

Q: With the extremely high and dry East winds we got last week, my Rose bushes and raspberry/tayberry bushes were shredded. Now what? Do I prune them like it was fall? Do I water them or withhold water and let nature do it’s thing? Not sure but would really like to not lose my plants if possible.

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What should I do about the wildfire ash covering my yard and garden?

Q: My shrubs are covered in ash. When this is over should I take a hose and spray them off?

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Is it safe to eat my garden produce affected by wildfires?

Q: We have a lot of smoke in our area, is it safe to eat produce that has been affected by wildfires?

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Where did this mystery squash come from?

Q: This immense volunteer squash plant came from my compost - I did not plant it - and I have no idea what kind of squash it is. We didn’t eat or grow any kind of squash like this last year that would have been ...

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What is the best way to reduce fire fuel on my property?

Q: I just moved to a fairly wooded area west of town where I imagine fire danger is a real issue. I know that removing all extra debris and "fuel" in the yard is important. With all the trees and branches that went ...

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Are volunteer squash toxic?

Q: I am growing a pumpkin plant that is a volunteer from my daughter, who grew delicious pumpkin-pie pumpkins last year. I have recently read that some volunteer plants in the squash family might produce poisonous fruit ...

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Will growing tobacco put my garden plants at risk?

Q: I'm interested in planting a tobacco plant in my home garden from seed. I've heard of tobacco mosaic virus and how it can spread from the fingers of someone who has handled tobacco or from insects between infected plants. ...

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Can I grow strawberries from seed?

Q: Is it possible to grow Seascape strawberries from their seeds?

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Is this giant beetle scary or cuddly?

Q: We found this giant beetle hanging out on our screen door. I've never seen anything like it before. Is there any reason to be concerned? We live have lots of Doug Fir and Cedar on our property.

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Is Vinegar really good for killing weeds?

Q: I’m thinking of using horticultural vinegar a spot applicator such as Weed Wand Magic to kill weeds like dandelions & possibly painting the vinegar onto grasses growing in a planting bed. Do you have any experience with this approach?

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