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Do you know where I can go to find out about various coastal towns' emergency preparedness and directions for evacuation in the event of a tsunami?

I find what I enjoy to be contrary to what most people enjoy...a flat green grass lawn...However, I am uncertain what to do as a do-it-your-self, low-maintenance, NATIVE alternative. so Im currently researching things like fountain grass borders...clover for a lawn alternative...things...

We live in a large condominium between NW Naito Parkway and the Willamette River. Our property extends to the banks of the river. Our landscaper has been using a diluted version of glyphosate to control weeds on the property and blackberry vines along the edge of the river. We have LOTS...

I have been reading articles from several "reputable" sources about yams & sweet potatoes. The problem is they contradict each other as to how to tell them apart. Folk wisdom says orange flesh is yam, white or cream flesh is sweet potato. Can you please define what the actual tubers look...

We were picking blueberries and a couple of birds were having a grand time pecking away at the rows. We were trying to avoid the pecked berries and managed to get a nice bucket and discarded a few with pecks that accidentally got into the bucket. We washed and froze them for the winter. Some...

I would like to get an electric pressure cooker that will pressure can fish in pint jars in my motor home. Is there one that does a reliable job of it? Don't want to use standard non-electric model because it would use too much propane to do on the stove.

I found this on the beach near Florence. Could you help me identify it? It measures about 24 inches by 18 inches. 

Periodically when I go to add scraps to my outdoor compost bin, I notice that there are worms gathered around the outer edge of my bin, under the lid. There are others in various areas on the inner rim of both the bin and the lid, and I can't tell if they are trying to get away or if they...

What is the best type of green house to grow berries and vegetables in year round in the Willamette Valley? I've seen several, I like the underground greenhouses (walipini) but it may not be necessary for our climate. This would be for a small family and gifts for Christmas. 

We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?