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How can you tell the difference between seals and sea lions?

How do you tell when pears are ready to pick? i know you pick them before they are yellow and soft. 

I have several nice rosemary plants on my property, but lately some of the branches/plants have completely died. Initially the leaves become bright yellow and then turn graybrown. It almost looks chemical from the results I've seen of Round-Up use. Is there any way to find out how they...

I am looking for some good sources to use rough sawed juniper for landscaping elements of design for our home. Do you have some suggestions, or a good alternative that is not toxic for edible landscaping?

Jam separates, fruit goes to top and stays there-what am I doing wrong?

I read not to spray tomatoes, only hydrate from the bottom. I've heard that spraying on a hot, sunny day can blister veggies. Today I replanted my starter plants; I'm aching to spray them with water because it is so hot today. Should I wait until dusk, spray all veggies but tomatoes?

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.