The November of OSU’s E-News for Northwest Gardeners

Time to clean up and cut back Before cold weather sets in clean your yard and garden to protect them from winter weather, recommends Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service. Don't worry about a slow, cool compost pile It's okay if your yard debris and kitchen waste are far from steamy, according to OSU soil scientist Dan Sullivan. From field dress to freezer; handling big game meat requires care A 38-page illustrated publication from Oregon State University Extension Service gives detailed information on what to do. Keep horses healthy during wet winter weather Horses that graze on small acreages in the winter can create an unhealthy field of mud.

Check house for water and pest damage
Early winter is a good time to inspect your home for structural pests and water damage, advises Jack DeAngelis, emeritus urban entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Wood ashes can benefit gardens and lawns
Consider saving the wood ashes for the lawn and garden, while remembering a few precautions from Dan Sullivan, OSU Extension soil scientist.

How to discourage wild critters from getting too cozy

In a nutshell – provide no food, make it uncomfortable or downright inhospitable and then make it easy for them to leave.

Now is ideal time to feed wild birds
October through April is the ideal season to feed birds because their natural foods are not abundant.

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