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I have emergency drinking water (from the garden hose) stored in a 55 gallon plastic drum, and about a dozen store-bought gallons of drinking water in the original plastic containers. How long will they stay safe to drink?

We made frozen pizza for dinner last night. Unfortunately, we then settled down for a long winter's nap and forgot to put the leftover pizza and a bottle of ranch dressing away in the fridge. Both sat on the counter overnight. My husband put both in the fridge this morning and thinks "they'...

I made cookie dough, then realized the butter had probably been in my frig. for a year. I have put the dough in the freezer until I hear from you whether it is safe to eat! (Doesn't smell bad, as far as I can tell.) 

Can I eat the mushrooms growing in my backyard? 

Hi, At our new house, our backyard has a beautiful, huge tree - and ivy has had its way with it for a few decades. How can we tell if the tree is still structurally sound (or healthy enough) to remove the huge ivy branches wrapped around it? 

I am a childcare provider in Benton County. This summer a friend came over to visit and informed me I had poison hemlock growing in my garden. I had no idea!! In addition to daycare children I also have two little boys of my own and my heart almost stopped when...

I have recently acquired 3 meat rabbits (American Chinchillas- 2 does and 1 buck) and live within the Hillsboro city limits. I anticipate that more rabbits will be produced than my partner and I can consume on our own. I have a few questions in relation to the rabbits. 1) Can I legally...

I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be...

Is it possible to process food, e.g. using a pressure canner, using a 2 quart jar?