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Something New Is Coming!

There's some changes coming to the Master Gardener newsletter. For several years, we have compiled articles into a printed newsletter and sent that to hundreds of subscribers quarterly. Not only is this expensive, but we have to kill a lot of trees to...

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:57 AM

All About Dahlias


  During one August vacation my husband and youngest son happened upon the Swan Island Dahlia farm in Canby, Oregon ( “WOW!!” I was hooked. I have now been growing dahlias for many years. There have been more successes...

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Sweet Potatoes

A friend of mine in Arkansas who is knowledgeable about these sorts of things once told me that if he were going to be stranded on a tropical island and could only bring one thing it would be a sweet potato. They are nutritious and easy to grow when it's...

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Garlic in April?

by UCCE Master Gardener Volunteer Viv Patterson Around the end of March, I noticed that some of my garlic plants were completely dead while others were alive, well, and growing straight up.  I checked the water, exposure, and soil. ...

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:54 AM

Stress in the Landscape

Cypress Canker Symptoms

There are a number of factors that can set landscapes up for potential disasters and one of these is chronic plant stress. Many trees and shrubs, when exposed to prolonged periods of stresses like drought, are more likely to be attacked by insects or...

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

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