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We have an infestation of lady bugs upstairs in our house. Am I helping them by collecting them and taking them outside or will they just die because it's too cold?

Help! The heavy snow left pink and grey snow mold all over my lawn. What are your recommendations for treatment and removal? 

I have a skunk which has set up house keeping under my house and I hear it digging in different areas in my walls (under the shower, around lines of heat pump etc.) its been here about 2 months. How do I get it out from under my house and go somewhere else?

How do I keep firewood dry with all the rain and humidity? I use tarps but they seem to keep the moisture in. I live in Western Oregon. Any ideas are welcomed. 

I am planning to be able to release Monarch butterflies, but need to know when the proper time for doing this in Salem. Can you find this information for me?

I have purchased two 12 oz packages of nuts , I want to can them, can you tell me what size canning jars that I will need?

I will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for...

About the canned food we buy in stores, especially tomatoes: does the lining of the can impart some toxic or otherwise dangerous substance to the food?

My husband built me a greenhouse. I believe January is the time to start growing seeds in it. Even though it's warm inside on sunny winter days, do I need to put a heater in it on cold, wintery, dark days? (1,000' elevation east of Springfield) I have potted outdoor plants (mums, variegated...

My cactus is seven feet tall. I've had it for about 20 years. There is more brown color at the base and up two of the stalks but it continues to make new baby leaves all over. It is in a pot that is 8 inches across. I'm concerned that it might need to be repotted but there is no way I...