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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...

Is it possible to cook an egg in the microwave? (hard boiled or other method?)

We have a cedar that has lost its needles. Drought or something else? Should it be taken down?

Hi, I am processing a bunch of apple cider into quarts and 1/2 gallons. I brought all of the apple cider to a boil to pasteurize it, before processing it in a water bath. Now (unfortunately after the fact) I have realized that I boiled the apple cider in an aluminum pressure cooker. I...

I have been bothered by indoor ants throughout the year. They will come into the kitchen on the counters and underneath the sink and a bathroom on an outside wall. They also get in to a bathroom on the same wall without a window. I have drawn a line of Diatomaceous Earth around the...

Can I grow olive trees in the Corvallis area? In the Eugene area?

I'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't really afford to pay for bag after bag of compost or fertilizer (it's a...

We have several acres of land out near Elmira, Oregon and within that area there was a substantial amount of established poison oak when we purchased the property. I have been digging it out, including the roots, as much as I can. The remainder of our yard waste here ends up in a burn pile,...

I'd like to roast my turkey at 240 degrees this Thanksgiving, based on something I heard on America's Test Kitchen. They neglected to mention how long it would take to cook (per pound) at that temperature. Is there a way I can calculate how long that might take? I can only find information...