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I have 2 horse on 5 irrigated acres NE Bend, Deschutes county. I have been pulling ticks off them for a few weeks. I dewormed with an Ivermectin which kills any that were attached at the time, but more climb on and attach. What's an effective way of getting rid of ticks from property and...

What can I do to neutralize the ground so grass can grow after dog urine destroys it.  

I've noticed the frogs are out of hibernation early in Albany and Corvallis, Oregon. What are the potential impacts of this for frogs and the ecosystem? Can coming out of hibernation in January lead to loss of life for frogs if the weather later freezes again? What do you know about the...

Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

I have a small orchard of mostly dwarf pear, plum, peach, nectarine, apple. I'm wondering if it is too soon (1/24/18) to prune these trees given that we haven't had a significant frost/freeze yet? I usually prune around this time but am hesitant. The new buds are getting ready to pop it...

I'm a certified, occupational chef, been making mashed potatoes for 30 yrs. I've noticed in the last couple of years, that red or golden Yukon, also boiler potatoes, are turning to glue, while whipping! Potatoes are being made the same way, no changes. What's up? Btw, I am Not using russet...

Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

We received by mail, a cheese basket. It was room temperature, and apparently had been for at least a day. We put it in the fridge. Is it safe to eat?

My husband and I noticed these violet/bluish lights glowing in the tops of all the oak trees across the street last night as we watched the meteor shower, It's important to note that the meteor shower was in the opposite direction of the Trees and they were stationary, unlike the meteor...

Greetings - any tips or resources on helping rid, or at least control creeping bamboo?... digging up is partially helpful here, but a water pipe located below the main plant makes it problematic... mainly want to control the shoots....seems like repeated applications of RoundUp is the...