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We have been trying to attract swallows back to our neighborhood, and after 15 years we have a nesting pair in our yard. We have noticed sparrows trying to evict our family of swallows. The babies have not yet fledged, and we are concerned. What can we do?

Long story, but we're using dried navy beans (purchased from the grocery store) as pea-shooter ammunition in the back yard. It's lots of fun (with safety goggles), but I'm afraid all these beans will germinate somewhere in the fall/spring, and then I'll have a mess in my back yard. Is...

I am trying to assess whether my exterminator is giving me accurate information about termite activity in Central Oregon. I am a new home owner of a house built in 1936. Termite activity was discovered during inspection and the exterminator sprayed. 2 months later we found a live termite...

I have had many odd encounters with spiders in my lifetime. The oddest however was in my car. I watched a spider of the small jumping kind crawl up from the floor board, across the dash and onto my steering wheel column. It then climbed out to the end of the steering wheel column,...

Found in numerous places in our garden. Is it poisonous? Would like some additional info. Understand that it is rare.

Can you help me save my Aspen tree? The lower branches turned black which I cut off. Holes in trunk at ground level. Gouges/Scratches at approx 6' above ground level.

Would it be possible to start a garden near the top of Mt. Everest?

I live in a second floor condo overlooking a man made lake. I have window boxes on my deck rail containing geraniums and sweet potato vine. On the deck I have pots containing basil, thyme, and million bells. A female duck has decided to nest either in my geraniums or herb pots. I tried a...

Do you have information on drying meats?

My front lawn has competely died off. After the big snowstorm in january, it started to turn yellow in spots and was very wet. Eventually the entire lawn yellowed and died out except the curb strip. But it too is starting to die out, from the sidewalk side. I dug up a 1-ft square area a...