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What do you think about using reclaimed timber for construction? Would this save money? Would it reduce tree cutting and reduce global warming and water pollution caused by clear cutting?

I surf regularly along the northern Oregon coast. In light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, has any recent / regular testing been completed to see if the water is safe to surf in? Some of us are out there for extended periods of time and may even accidentally gulp down some seawater during...

How often should the inside of a home refrigerator be cleaned?

My husband and I are researching starting a small trout hatchery. Does the extension office provide support/information on aquaculture?

When I clean my chicken coop, I put the manure in a compost bin of its own, add some straw and grass and let it pile up. I started in March and will stop mid-November. When will it be "ready" to add to my raised vegetable beds?

We have a small farm with 10 sheep and with winter coming and left over garden produce have questions on what we can feed our sheep. Three are hopefully pregnant so want to be careful what we feed them. We got some pumpkins that have ink and permanent marker decor on them and concerned...

In which phase of the moon is it best to plant fall garlic?

I heard a story on NPR about these bugs. I am a Master Gardener and have been aware of this problem for a year or two. I have found a few of them in my yard and have killed them but I have had the distinct damage done to my apples that is shown in a website describing the problems caused by...

How do cows find water? (assuming that there is no previous knowledge on the cows part) There is no substantive evidence that cows can smell water (or riparia for that matter). It seems to be generally agreed upon that cows either stumble upon water or follow trails etc to water. However...

How long shoud I leave a Poinsettia in a complete dark room in October?