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Help children and grandchildren love gardening

A couple of weeks ago I was outside pruning my roses when my three-year-old granddaughter asked if she could help. I told her that I was afraid that the thorns might poke her if she wasn’t wearing gloves. She promptly went into the house and got her woolen mittens. I gave her some very small loppers that we have and helped her to cut some small canes. She loved being able to help PaPa in the garden. Later that day her mother took her to the store and bought her some real garden gloves.

Extension explores Portland gardens

Oregon State University Home Extension Services hosts the Mid-Columbia Family and Community Education Study Groups on the annual Spring Tour, Portland’s Glorious Gardens, Thursday, May 22.

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Extension Cord: Reduce your waste with upcycling, recycling

The United States is one of the largest consumers and wasters in the world. Each consumer contributes about 2,500 pounds of waste per year and of that waste, over half can be reduced, recycled or reused.

Gorge Grown offers food leaders training

Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) is gearing up to launch their second implementation of a program that develops leadership abilities in its participants.

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Dreaming Green

January is a good time to pore over seed catalogs and get the garden ready for growing time

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Owls and other wildlife dying from rodent bait

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians advise home and land owners that poison baits used to control mice and rats can sicken or kill owls, hawks, foxes, bobcats and other species. To protect wildlife, people should carefully follow product directions and explore other options for rodent control.

Protect your garden from winter ice and cold

CORVALLIS — The Arctic blast that recently chilled much of Oregon might make you worried about your plants. Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, advises several ways to protect your landscape.

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Extension cord: Find Christmas gifts your gardener will love

Although Christmas may seem a strange time to be thinking about gardening, if you have a gardener on your gift giving list, now is a perfect time to think about what they may want for Christmas. There are all kinds of gardening items on the market that would make ideal gifts for the gardener, or even the non-gardener.

Home at Last seeks stability for property

In a presentation to the Wasco County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Kris Boler, executive director of Home at Last Humane Society, formally requested the county “gift the [animal shelter] property and facility at 200 River Road with a reversionary clause.”

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Conservation corner: Winter crops a blessing

We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.

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Regional jail greenhouse earns state honor

Innovation is the watchword when it comes to our hometown, homegrown Master Gardeners.

‘Aquaponics for Everyone’ scheduled in White Salmon

Gardeners looking to produce even more of their own food may want to consider one of the upcoming classes in aquaponics scheduled in White Salmon.

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Home office gathering dust? Consider other options

The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.

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A different bulb: try alliums

Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to a garden.

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Extension Cord: Expect the best; plan for the worst

September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the nation, various agencies like the American Red Cross, Extension Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local fire departments and emergency medical services staff, churches and utility companies are partnering to sponsor “Get Ready” events.

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