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We are building our home and have disturbed the natural area in order to do so. We want to landscape as natural as possible with native species and would like to know where to find assistance in plant selections and correct locations. We are at 500' elevation in forested area NW of Hagg Lake...

I would like to replace my existing lawn with natural grasses. I live just east of Bend, Oregon in the high desert. My goal is to reduce watering needs and mowing requirements. Because I live outside of town maintaining an effective fire perimeter is important. Any suggestions on...

When leafy green vegetables are frozen, do they lose their vitamin K? My husband tries to eat kale, etc., because he takes blood thinners and wants a good natural source of this vitamin. But he read somewhere that frozen greens lose vitamin k in the freezing process. Any truth to this?

I have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of chemicals. If I dig up the roots, is it possible to smother the...

As a child in California I always loved ants. Now as an adult I want to pass that love on to my daughter. The problem is you can't get ants shipped here and every attempt to catch them wild has failed! Is there any program breeding them or groups authorized to import them?

My daughter has recently decided not to eat meat. I have started purchasing tofu -- but don't always use it by the expiration date on the package. Tofu is sealed in liquid. Is it safe for a little while after the date stamped on the package?  

While walking along several beaches near Yachats two weeks ago, we noticed a dried matter deposited at the wave line. It was dried, beige in color, airy looking and feeling. Can you inform me as to what this was?

I want to use raw egg yolk in frosting. Is this safe? Wouldn't the finished product have to be stored in the refrigerator?

What do you recommend for removing moss from roof composite shingles in the least toxic way? I have disconnected all downspouts and storm water from roof now flows into rain gardens planted with NW natives; rushes, sedges, Oregon Grape, ferns, Ocean Spray, Mockorange, Monkey Flower, etc....

A friend has a true Gluten allergy, and can become very ill from it. She is wondering if it is ok to cook her Gluten free stuffing in the same oven as my bread stuffing?