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I have a jar of honey from my parents that I think dates to 2010. Can you tell me whether it's good still? (It looks fine. It is partially crystalized, but looks ok.) 

Is there a way to control or eliminate ants in the kitchen or anywhere, for that matter?

We tried fermenting pickles and I am unsure as to whether or not they are safe to eat. We used a store-bought pickling seasoning. We put the cucumbers, dill and seasoning in jars, covered with water, placed the canning lid and ring loosely on top and set on the counter for 2 weeks. I know...

Just by living in the Pacific Northwest, it is obvious there must be at least a dozen varieties of fir trees. I would like a complete list with descriptions including the false ones and the true ones.

There is a chunk of farmland between Ontario and Vale that has a number of small, blue shacks on it (mostly on the north side of Hwy 20). Driving past (at highway speeds) we could not figure out what they were for. They appear to be all opening to the same direction (southeast) and are...

At night I hear the sounds of a mouse - a neighbor said it sounds like a mouse that he had in his wall. It's been going on for weeks if not months :( What do you recomend I do...any help would be appreciated short of calling a "mouse extractor". I'd appreciate help to return to a full night...

Will my EarthMachine composter work better if it's placed in a sunny part of my yard? Or is a shady place just as good? My friend claims food scraps compost faster when they are warmed up by sunlight (meaning the bacteria would be more active if warmer).

Can ladybugs kill plants in the vegetable garden?

How can you tell the difference between seals and sea lions?

How do you tell when pears are ready to pick? i know you pick them before they are yellow and soft.