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How many days is ground beef safe after the "sell by" date?

My daughter told me she and her girl friends made strawberry jam they processed in a dishwasher rather than in a boiling water bath. Sounds dangerous to me. What is your opinion? Thank you.

There are aggressive mosquitoes in the area at all times of the day and evening (more than usual) and people are not able to even get outside and water their gardens. They are also following them into cars and houses.

Are there any ideas besides what I have found at: PNW Insect Management...

I would like to get a rain barrel to collect the water from the down spouts and want one that can function year 'round here in the Willamette Valley. Most of the ones I have seen are plastic and must be drained and taken in for icy temps. Can you advise me on what kind of rain barrel I am...

Hi there, We have lots of what I think is Wild Garlic growing in our yard. It is tall, thin, green and smells strongly of garlic. It also has a small papery bulb. I did some research online and I found that it is considered a weed in Oregon, but is it also edible? Thanks! Julia

How many bales of grass hay per acre from the average pasture?

How do you define a shady area? Can there be some sun at certain times of the day. Same question for sunny area. How many hours of sun must an area have to be considered sunny? This is for the Bend area.

I purchased some good sized (3-5 gallon) blueberry plants yesterday.

I was reading the OSU extension pub EC 1304, which emphasizes heavy pruning upon planting (and removing all fruit buds to prevent...

When is the best time of year to aerate my yard? My yard is Kentucky bluegrass. I live in Eugene, Oregon.

I have an old pile of wood chips from a pruned willow tree and I wondered if I could rototill them into my garden soil to add mulch?