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Baking rye bread at 3200 altitudes

Do I need to make any adjustments baking Ryebread at 3200 feet.

Siskiyou County California baking Posted 13 days ago

Deer proof gardening

Which plants/shrubs/bushes/hedges are deer proof or at least deer resistant?

Yamhill County Oregon deer resistant plants Posted 25 days ago

Is my Burning Bush Dying?

I have a mature Burning Bush that has been very healthy looking for years and just this Summer is deteriorating. It looks like it's dying from the top down. The top 2/3 of the bush is completely dry, leaves dry and has some dead branches. The bottom 1/3 appears very healthy. Is it dying or is it possible to revive it by a hard prune in the winter?

Benton County Oregon shrubs Posted 25 days ago

Can I save a broken pepper plant?

2 days ago (8/16), something fell on my poblano pepper plant and broke the stem pretty low. I saw it happen, so I was able to right the pepper plant right away, but is there any saving it? It didn't break completely but it did break most of the way. I'm a little heartbroken because the plant is maybe 2 feet high and has 4 or 5 nice peppers on it (about 4 inches long and shorter). We put some support around it after the accident, just to keep the stem together, and this morning I tied it to a pencil with some pantyhose for extra stability, but I'm not sure that will do anything. If there is no saving it, should I pick the peppers now? Do I have any other options for salvaging any part of my plant (rooting parts of it indoors or something)? Thanks for your help! Rachel

Benton County Oregon vegetable gardening Posted about 1 month ago

Unknown volunteer tree

Hi, I fell (very) behind on weeding and found a tree that had sprouted. I'm guessing it's about a year old at most, but taller than me already. I'm wondering if you can help me figure out what kind of tree it is and whether I want to let it keep growing or not (is it too close to the house, invasive, etc.)? If not, will just cutting it at the base kill it or do I need to do something more? Thanks!

Linn County Oregon plant identification Posted about 1 month ago

Little Black Beetle Clusters In My Garden

I have never seen these before and I don’t know if they are harmful or beneficial. They are on my green beans and giant sunflowers. They stay in small clusters (image) and also roam around. This is the 1st time I’ve planted sunflowers and I am wondering if they are linked. I wasn’t able to find anything on a beetle identification search. They don’t seem to be harming the plants (yet!)

Oregon insect identification stink bugs Posted about 1 month ago

climbing vines

Hi, I just put up a few vinyl panels/trellises around my garbage cans to keep them out of sight. I'd like to grow a climbing vine on them to hide them better for a more aesthetic look. I'd like something evergreen, handles full sun, low maintenance. ( I know, tall order! ) I really like the idea of ivy, but worry that it will spread. Is it possible to but the container in the ground to contain roots and then trim as needed? I would also welcome other suggestions.I live in zone 8a. Thanks!!!

Marion County Oregon vines Posted about 1 month ago

Yellowing squash leaves

Hi there, my squash started out strong a and healthy and a with early harvest. Recently, the leaves have started to yellow around the edges followed by brown crisping. I read that it may be a bacterial disease. I water deeply about every 4 days and never get the foliage wet. I've been cutting off the affected leaves but am wondering if I should continue. What do you think may be the issue? Your advice is much appreciated!

Marion County Oregon squash Posted about 1 month ago


I live next to the mountain bike park family man. We would like to clear large brush and small trees from around the house area and garden area to make the forest a little more healthy. Once we clear the brunch should we plant grass to keep the soil from running away?

Hood River County Oregon grass Posted about 1 month ago

ground cover flowers

I recently ordered some flower seeds (similar to lithodora diffusa). I ordered three different colors (red, white, & blue) based on the brochure in an online photograph. This order was made in the early spring (late February) and did not arrive until late June, too late for me to start and only two of the three arrived. My wife was reading the packages where the name was 'rose stud earring' and Cress Stud earring' resp. She had been searching Facebook and told me not to plant the seeds because of a "jewelry" scare. Is there some sort of scandal with the Chinese flower seeds or are we just paranoid? I remain open minded and curious for any available information Maybe I will get a colorful Chinese dragon by planting jewelry......

Linn County Oregon seed scams Posted about 1 month ago