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Will cremation ashes hurt my memorial tree?

Q: I would like to plant a ponderosa pine (one gallon size) with my mothers ashes in the Deschutes National Forest. I have already checked with this agency and a permit is not required. If I dig a hole and place the ...

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Is my food still safe after these terrible power outages?

Q: Hi -- we lost power for about 20 hours last Saturday (2/13) and then in came back on for about 36 hours, only to go out again. As of this morning (Saturday, 2/20) we have been without any power for more than five ...

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Can I save my split maple?

Q: The ice storm split my yard maple at the junction of its only two sections. The split runs straight down the middle of trunk about 18 inches. It is pulled apart about four inches but I might be able to ratchet ...

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When is the right time for peach tree mulching?

Q: I have four peach trees that are four and five years old. Can I mulch and compost these trees right now what would you recommend I do it with?

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We are moving to the desert, can we still keep bees?

Q: We are moving to the alvord desert area and have kept bees in the past. I'm curious of your thoughts on how a honey bee hive would thrive in that high desert environment? Any thoughts or advice you have here would be great!

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Does warm weather mean early rose pruning?

Q: My roses have not lost their leaves and are putting on new growth but it’s only January! Should I prune now or wait? I live in the Willamette Valley.

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I have fungus gnats everywhere. Can you help?

Q: I grew several plants outside this last summer Rosemary, Geranium, etc. When I brought them in for winter it seems I now have fungus gnats in all my houseplants. Please give advice. I would prefer not to use chemicals but am getting desperate.

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Will mushroom or worms help remediate herbides?

Q: We garden as organically as possible and endeavor to avoid persistent herbicides and pesticides in the compost we add to our gardens. I make most of our compost, but we have access to a large amount of spent mushroom ...

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Are home-preserved gifts safe to eat?

Q: I received a home preserved gift for the holidays. How do I know it's safe to eat?

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Are crows getting smarter?

Q: Over the last decade or so, we have noticed a change in crow behavior, at least in our neighborhood. When a crow was gleaning by the wayside on our local streets, they used to fly away as a car neared. Then, they ...

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