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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?

We have a young pine tree that has yellow splotches on its needles. I am enclosing a photo of the tree. I read the article about the Douglas Fir Needle Midge and I fear that may be the problem. I would like your thoughts.

When do I stop feeding roses in the fall?  

We love eating in our backyard, but are plagued by LOTS of bees. I don't see a nest anywhere. Any suggestions on how to keep the bees away from our patio?

What are the proper preservation techniques for homemade salsa, with various peppers, onion, and tomatoes from our garden? We boiled the salsa, and then followed normal hot water bath canning methods boiling for over 15 minutes.