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I would like to get an electric pressure cooker that will pressure can fish in pint jars in my motor home. Is there one that does a reliable job of it? Don't want to use standard non-electric model because it would use too much propane to do on the stove.

I found this on the beach near Florence. Could you help me identify it? It measures about 24 inches by 18 inches. 

Periodically when I go to add scraps to my outdoor compost bin, I notice that there are worms gathered around the outer edge of my bin, under the lid. There are others in various areas on the inner rim of both the bin and the lid, and I can't tell if they are trying to get away or if they...

What is the best type of green house to grow berries and vegetables in year round in the Willamette Valley? I've seen several, I like the underground greenhouses (walipini) but it may not be necessary for our climate. This would be for a small family and gifts for Christmas. 

We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?

We planted 17 emerald arborvitaes 3 weeks ago. We broke apart the rootball (at the suggestion of an employee at the retailer) and I've since learned that this is bad to do. We are watering regularly and have covered the area with mulch to retain moisture but our trees seem to be yellowing...

We planted a Methley Semi-Dwarf plum tree in our front yard in approximately February of 2015 (through Friends of Trees in Portland). In the last month or so we have noticed that the leaves have small holes in the them, and there are also some insects on them. We have been fairly good about...

I take care of the family pastures (maintain irrigation) and was wondering what is the best way to get rid of weeds in the pastures. We have horse weed and a few others, not real bad but want to stop it and get rid of it. The family does not want to use chemicals as we are right on the...

We live next to a filbert orchard and they seem to be spraying a lot at this time. Is there any danger from being in our yard while they are spraying? How often can we expect them to be spraying?  

Two weeks ago, when fixing brown basmati rice for dinner (bought from bulk in last 2 mos.) kept some in a kitchen container, noticed black "dust" at bottom of container; put on eye glasses to see - eek!.... many dead teeny tiny black bugs, but about 200 crawling actively. Threw the whole...