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I am new to Oregon from SW Oklahoma. I live in Salem and bought a house (in June) with a beautifully landscaped yard. I am accustomed to drought and red dirt gardening. Since the rain has started I have mushrooms popping up all over. Good? Bad? I have no idea. Should I treat the yard? Thank you...

I drove with eggs unrefrigerated for about 5 hours in a moderately warm car (maybe 60+degrees). Are the eggs safe to eat?

I have tree roots invading my back yard from a neighbors poplar tree. How can I get rid of them and is he liable for damage? 

I have several acres of massive blackberries. I am trying to find some type of machine that will cut them down and shred them. The property is flat, but has some medium size rocks in the berries. Any suggestions on the proper equipment I should rent?

I have a western hemlock on my property that is over 25 feet around at the trunk. I have never seen one larger. Could this be an Oregon record??

I have been fermenting saurkraut in my crocks and just discovered small larvae inside the lid... How do I prevent that next year? Do you know what they are? 

I manage a Police Department Property Evidence Division. We receive about 200 items a day from officers who seize evidence and prisoner's property ... Routinely these items (back packs, bags, etc.) have some type of food item attracting fruit flies. We have taken steps to mitigate the...

I have a six month old dwarf nigerian billy goat. What is the proper way to castrate him at this age? His testicles are huge! He is also starting to get really stubborn. Thank you. 

I'm looking to do some "winter" gardening in raised beds I finished in the spring. I know I should be planting now, but my produce from the early summer isn't finished. Can you give ideas of what should be planted and when... have I lost my window?

I have two 50-60 foot cedar trees in my yard and both of them are covered in little holes from the base to most of the way up the trunk. Can you tell me what is causing this and how I can save my trees? I lost one a few years back and don't want to lose the others. Any help would be greatly...