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I have some extra space (both outdoor and indoor) and am interested in trying to grow some different varieties of mushrooms, but all I have is interest with little information. How do I choose the right varieties and materials to get started? Is it even feasible?

I have a small outbreak of flea beetles which are destroying my mixed lettuces and appear to be discovering my eggplant transplants in the greenhouse. I read that Bt can be used for flea beetles. Do you know which type? Diatomaceous earth is not helping, soapy water is not helping and I feel...

We are new to southern Oregon and have moved onto a property that has a significant amount of poison oak. Two members of our family have significant allergies to this pesky plant. We would Like to plant grass and need to rid the area of poison oak. What is the best way to do this?

Is there a safe way (spray) that can be put on unwanted blackberry bushes in my yard? I have had them cut back two years in a row and they continue to spring back up. I do not want to use harmful pesticide. I think the roots are not being destroyed.

Hi, We have a natural grass amphitheater that needs to be in top notch shape as we host weddings and events. The grass has dandelions and clover. What do you recommend? I am assuming we just need a broad leaf weed killer? I'm hoping we're not too late for a weed and feed or whatever you...

I have what I believe is a Kirk Walnut in my yard. It has a large hollow that is gathering water. I'm worried that this watery situation will rot the heart of the tree. I'd love to preserve this historic beauty. It doesn't look like it could be cut off so water doesn't collect in there....

For the last 8-10 yrs I've been good about pruning my climbing rosebush and its has thrived. This year I didn't get to it in February, as I usually do, now it's April and not looking great. Will it harm the bush if I do my usual pruning in April?

I've been told I shouldn't be using pig poo in my vegetable garden. Is this true? I pen the pigs in an area, let them till it up and mix their poo and hay in, then I move them into a new area and plant the just vacated one with tomato plants, corn, root crops, lettuces, etc. I mulch over...

I have 5 apple trees and last year the growth was stunted with only 3-4 inches/year and also infested with apple maggots. I don't like the fly traps as one time a small bird was caught, probably following the moth. Is there an organic way, (have been using dormant oil), to get rid of these...

I'm trying to follow a recipe to create a chlorophyll cleanse which includes juniper. Which juniper plant is edible both leaves & berries?