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We are looking to buy a house in Corvallis. We are looking at a property near the NE boundry of the OSU lamb barns property. I'm looking for information about cougar/human interactions in that area, specifically with the added risks of having small children, a small dog, and chickens. Also,...

Is there a way to preserve the flowers from pumpkin and/or squash? I like to make deep fried pumpkin/squash flowers and it would be nice to have some throughout the year.

I am looking at a property in Williams, Josephine county, OR It has an idenitifed well that no one knows were it is. Not even the water master. The well was driled in 1978 but the driller looks to not be around any more. How can I find this thing? Any Ideas?

We want (and in some ways must) plant an orchard this fall, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where to get trees at that time of year. Also, there is a lot of information about early spring planting time, but I'm not sure when a good time, specifically, is for fall planting. What's...

I have a jar of honey from my parents that I think dates to 2010. Can you tell me whether it's good still? (It looks fine. It is partially crystalized, but looks ok.) 

Is there a way to control or eliminate ants in the kitchen or anywhere, for that matter?

We tried fermenting pickles and I am unsure as to whether or not they are safe to eat. We used a store-bought pickling seasoning. We put the cucumbers, dill and seasoning in jars, covered with water, placed the canning lid and ring loosely on top and set on the counter for 2 weeks. I know...

Just by living in the Pacific Northwest, it is obvious there must be at least a dozen varieties of fir trees. I would like a complete list with descriptions including the false ones and the true ones.

There is a chunk of farmland between Ontario and Vale that has a number of small, blue shacks on it (mostly on the north side of Hwy 20). Driving past (at highway speeds) we could not figure out what they were for. They appear to be all opening to the same direction (southeast) and are...

At night I hear the sounds of a mouse - a neighbor said it sounds like a mouse that he had in his wall. It's been going on for weeks if not months :( What do you recomend I do...any help would be appreciated short of calling a "mouse extractor". I'd appreciate help to return to a full night...