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Fences can improve functionality of a yard and provide extra security and privacy. Some fences are decorative while others are functional. Families with children and/or companion animals also may find fencing is a necessity to keep everyone safe and corralled. 

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The labors of the garden are in the spring, and the payback is in the summer, but the vision takes place in the winter, when a gardener can curl up by the fire with a hot cup of tea to peruse the seed and plant catalogs for the coming year. 

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You know it’s fall when a canopy of golden leaves glows in the fields and roadsides, turning the countryside and neighborhoods into an autumn color fest. But the colors that are beautiful on the trees become a chore when they hit the ground. 

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Do you own a gravity fed septic system? Did you know it’s required by Clark County that they be inspected every three years and that every other inspection must be performed by a certified operation and maintenance professional?

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Clark County wineries are continuing to flourish, allowing them to establish a strong foothold in the wine industry by providing area residents and visitors the opportunity to taste some sophisticated and award-winning wines.

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Silver Star Vinery owner Debbie Fischer’s home garden business in Yacolt is blooming once again following her injury in a car crash more than two years ago.

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In summer 2015, Donna Saladin and a group of others took a camping trip to their friend Carl Newton’s 10-acre property in Yacolt. 

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As we transition from the dead of winter to the rejuvenation of spring, Northwest Farm Credit Services has released its latest farm crop price report. Just like the fickle nature of spring itself, with its smatterings of sun frequently washed away by torrents of wind and rain, the outlook in…

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Think about all the open areas in your yard or around your home that would be nice spots to insert a garden. Now think about some clustered areas with trees, bushes and whatever else taking up space and sight of the blue sky. You couldn’t garden there. Or could you?

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Nothing adds harmony to a garden or yard like water. If done right, water adds a peaceful ambiance to the landscape, not to mention it looks great.

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Meadow Glade resident Kaylee Kordosky is much like any other compassionate 20 year old. Two years ago, she looked around her world, saw a need and found a way that she could meet that need.

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Those looking to celebrate Earth Day April 22 have an option featuring both entertainment and volunteer opportunities for Clark County residents.

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Decks and fences are two elements of any home that can really bring the whole property to life. They’re rarely the first thing that jumps out to grab your attention when you see a house, but let’s be honest, they complete the “look.”

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Spring is not quite here, but that doesn’t mean those looking to have the best garden ever in 2017 shouldn’t be thinking about seeds and weeds already.

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Soon it will be springtime and local gardens will be sprouting upward. When this occurs pollination will become important. Typically, bees take charge of the tall task, as they are well recognized by gardeners and farmers all over as the most important pollinators in most ecosystems.

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The August garden evokes images of a bountiful harvest — juicy red tomatoes, abundant squash, sweet ears of yellow corn — and the finale of the growing season.

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Bird watching is soaring in popularity. In fact, about 85 million Americans enjoy observing, photographing or feeding wild birds, making it the 15th most popular outdoor activity.

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced its 2014-2015 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

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WSU Clark County Extension will offer a 10-week course, Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, designed to help entrepreneurs develop a workable business plan to guide the success and sustainability of their agricultural enterprise.