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We've been growing yacon for several years and having good results. Problem is this year we've got a lot of yacon. Does anyone have any ideas on ways to use the root? We dice it up with our breakfast (along with other veggies and then break an egg on top). But we need more ways to eat it...

I have sweet corn, and the tassels are out, and I see silk down below.

So, do I really need to pollinate sweet corn by hand, or should it just be "given its privacy"?

Hi, I am thinking about buying an electric canner to process mainly corn and green beans this summer. Are they safe to use for that purpose? Seems to be conflicting information out there. Is there one that will do meats? Same one or specially purchased for that purpose?

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

I'm putting cardboard and chipped wood over much of my backyard to keep the weeds down. How much room should I leave free of cardboard around the trees (one planted only a year ago) so they get enough water (whether mine or rain)? Would it be OK/better to put the chipped wood around the...

We'd love to have some marionberries growing along the southern side of our house which gets great sun.  I've heard horror stories of blackberries taking over and nearly impossible to get rid of. So, here are my questions: Are marionberries as aggressive? Will they have potential...

I have a prolific lawn weed which appears usually in early June (however, early May this year). It first showed up four to five years ago and gets denser every year. Looks like a small dark green leaf clover with small yellow flowers. Vines get "woodier" as season progresses. Usually...

We are noticing fewer possums either alive or dead on the roads or roaming at night as compared to when we lived here in the valley 30 years ago. Has something changed?

We are considering removing our front lawn and putting in drought tolerant, native plants to reduce our water use and lower maintenance. where can we find support and advice to do this?

I have recently noticed many local Douglas firs turning brownish red (many needles dying), with some trees having entire limbs apparently dead or dying. I've seen this here in Corvallis, in the coast range, in the Portland area and in the Columbia Gorge; and I have seen it in young forest...