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We have already made 14 pints of red salsa & are now looking at using our green tomatoes in salsa verde. I was reading a recipe on line which said you cannot use fresh lemon or lime juice for canning. That's all we used in our red version. (1/2 cup per 7 pints) I'd hate to think we'd...

If I unhook my garden hoses from the faucet, can I leave them outside? I always turn off the outside water for the winter. But will it damage a hose to leave it outside ?

I am interested in information about calcium supplements. Is TUMS a good source?

When weeding, I twist the weed to the right, to remove the root. Knowing that the northern hemisphere has a different 'spin' from the southern, am I doing it correctly?

Will Asian pears pollinate European varieties, and vice versa?

I'm noting a reduction in the growth of our grass in the pasture. It has slowed down noticeably over the past month. This slowdown is more than normal due to increased temperatures of August. I was wondering if the smoke is having a filtering effect on the light that reaches the ground,...

I have a small grove of Madrones behind my house. I have put a couple of annual beds under them but nothing seems to grow under them. I have looked all over the net to no avail on this issue. I did amend the soil in the beds. I also planted a few Dogwood trees under them from tiny sticks....

Yellow jackets have nested inside the side view mirror on my husband's truck. They crawl in and out behind the mirror and swarm all over the whole mirror frame. The truck is always parked in the driveway. How do we get rid of them?

I have a small garden plot that I have let go fallow over the summer, but would like to plant something to keep the weeds down until next year. Most of the cover crops I read about look a lot like the invasive weeds I'm always pulling! What should I plant that can be easily tilled into...

We have a large infestation of flea beetles, centralized in our garden. There are millions of the beetles. We put 1000 ladybugs out last night. The garden is approximately 60x100 ft. Do we need more lady bugs or is there another approach to kill these beetles?