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What can I do to keep the birds (barn swallows I think) from building the mud nests under the eves--the birds do not bother me but the poop they drop on arival makes a mess of the side of my shop.

Is it too late to plant garlic?

We want to eradicate scotch broom at our log pond project. Your PNW 103 publication is helpful. Like to know best size of weed wrench and proper handling...

Why on your food recipe site Food Hero in the "special diets" section are there no recipes for a diabetic diet?

Should I mow the lawn in winter?

We have been finding tiny piles of sawdust in closets and on our wooden entertainment center, but we have never seen any insects. The areas where we've seen the piles have myrtle wood on top of oak or fir. I had never noticed holes before but just today I saw tiny pin holes in the wood. What...

How long can you store rice? What is the best way to store it? Can it be stored for long periods of time if it is stored in Food Saver Bags that have all the air drawn out of them?

Does rice ever become unsafe to eat? thank you very much.

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?