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I will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for...

About the canned food we buy in stores, especially tomatoes: does the lining of the can impart some toxic or otherwise dangerous substance to the food?

My husband built me a greenhouse. I believe January is the time to start growing seeds in it. Even though it's warm inside on sunny winter days, do I need to put a heater in it on cold, wintery, dark days? (1,000' elevation east of Springfield) I have potted outdoor plants (mums, variegated...

My cactus is seven feet tall. I've had it for about 20 years. There is more brown color at the base and up two of the stalks but it continues to make new baby leaves all over. It is in a pot that is 8 inches across. I'm concerned that it might need to be repotted but there is no way I...

Is it possible to cook an egg in the microwave? (hard boiled or other method?)

We have a cedar that has lost its needles. Drought or something else? Should it be taken down?

We have a cedar that has lost its needles. Drought or something else? Should it be taken down?

Hi, I am processing a bunch of apple cider into quarts and 1/2 gallons. I brought all of the apple cider to a boil to pasteurize it, before processing it in a water bath. Now (unfortunately after the fact) I have realized that I boiled the apple cider in an aluminum pressure cooker. I...

I have been bothered by indoor ants throughout the year. They will come into the kitchen on the counters and underneath the sink and a bathroom on an outside wall. They also get in to a bathroom on the same wall without a window. I have drawn a line of Diatomaceous Earth around the...

Can I grow olive trees in the Corvallis area? In the Eugene area?