Jackson County, Oregon

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Fruit tree pruning help needed

I need help with pruning my fruit trees. I have three; two plum and one cherry. They have thinner limbs but the limbs have grown too long and they have broken from last year's fruit. I am looking for someone with fruit tree pruning background. My phone is 541-245-3775. I would need to know cost or what to offer for this help. Phone calls preferred, leave a message with return number if I'm not home. I do not check my e-mail often. Thanks, Carol in Medford

Jackson County Oregon over 5 years ago

Preparing for winter

I need dummy proof instructions for protecting my more delicate plantings for winter. IE when and how to protect them from frost.I live in Medford.

Jackson County Oregon almost 6 years ago

Boron Application for Avocados

Hello, I am consulting for a family friend who has an Avocado farm in Mexico. His tissue tests show that across the board his trees are deficient in Boron. They average tissue concentrations of B around 15ppm, where the ideal range is 30-60ppm. I know Boron is mobile and potentially toxic if over-applied, but from my research it appears that soil drenches of small amounts of Boron (Borax or boric acid solutions) show positive results in nutrient uptake in Avocados, and that Avocados are nearly 10x more tolerant to Boron toxicity than other plants. My question is this: How do I figure out how much Boron needs to be added to each tree to avoid creating a toxic soil environment? I've seen a recommendation for a solution of 0.75 ounces of Borax (11% B) to 100 gallons of water from Cornell, but I don't know how much of that solution would be applied to each plant. They claim that supplies 6 ppm B. If the client's avocado trees are deficient by about 15-40ppm in their tissue, how do I know how much of that solution needs to be applied to the soil of each tree without creating soil toxicity but also being effective? I figure multiple small applications with more tissue sampling will help us narrow it down, but I'd like to reduce the number of tests necessary to get the right application. I also want to know why I've recommended the amount I have when the time comes. The trees are mature and flowering. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it!


Jackson County Oregon avocado tree boron deficiency over 1 year ago

something eating plants

I have been trying to grow sweet pea flowers and when they get to be about 4 to 5 inches tall, something eats them right to the ground. We suspect it is rodents, rats, to be specific. We sat out traps and caught three, but haven't gotten any in awhile. I guess my question is could it be rodents or something else. They eat about 10 plants in one night, if I don't cover them. If it is rodents what can I use to keep them away, I have a small dog that also loves her backyard. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you


Jackson County Oregon horticulture about 5 years ago

Looks like mold

I have been starting some vegetable seeds indoors, this year. They have been growing quite leggy, which I understand to be caused by not enough light. Most of these leggy seedlings need support or they just fall over. So, I decided to prop them up with sticks that I found on the ground under a tree in the yard. About 2 days later, I began to notice that there was some grey hairs growing around the area where I had placed the sticks. Is this something to worry about? I it potentially bad for my seedlings? What should I do, if anything, about this?



Jackson County Oregon fruits and vegetables horticulture over 5 years ago

Eye injury vs Illness

My 5yr old Hen is the only chicken out of my free range flock of 23 with issues. She isn’t sneezing although I can see crust around her nostril on the same side as the eye irritation. There is no discharge clear or otherwise. Noticed a few days ago her inner eyelid area looked “off”. It was very obvious today. It’s solid white, doesn’t appear pecked on. The area around the eye is also very swollen. She’s eating/drinking/pooping fine. We have a lot of bees and she hatched 10chicks 10wks ago. Maybe a little roo got her?



Jackson County Oregon 6 days ago

Back yard pear tree

I have probably an 8 to 10 year old pear tree which, when purchased, had 5 different grafts. The red pears this year have a ton of small ones and they are beginning to drop. I think the next one that has produced pretty well is Bartlett, I think the Comice struggled with one sick pear and now I am not sure what the other grafts were. Should I have removed some of the red pears early to give the others a better chance to grow a descent size? Not sure what I could do with all these tiny pears. I live in Ashland, Or. and would also like to know the best time to harvest.


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Jackson County Oregon fruit trees 10 days ago

Beacon fuchsia

My beacon fuchsia is was a gift last fall. It came with broken hazelnut shells around /on top soil. I put it out in semi sun and shade this summer and it was blooming beautifully until late summer when it developed yellow spots on leaves. It still has blooms but thinned out quite a bit. Can you help me heal it? Before and after photos attached


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Jackson County Oregon fuchsia 10 days ago

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