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What is the beautiful crop between Corvallis and Salem?

Q: We noticed many beautiful yellow fields between Corvallis and Salem. What are they grown for? Areas in Oregon?

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How should I water my potatoes?

Q: We are now proud owners of a very nice house in Hood River, with some rows of potatoes that are not automatically irrigated. I would like to install some drip irrigation, but where do I place it? In the ditches or on...

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Can my ice storm damaged hedge be saved?

Q: I have a 130' long Dwarf Laurel hedge, 15' high X 12' wide It has not been trimmed for 2 years.The recent ice storm trimmed it somewhat,which has forced me to take action on my own. Does it have a chance of survival...

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Should I wait to set out my bird feeders this spring?

Q: I took down my bird suet feeders in response to the avian salmonella outbreak. When will it be safe to put them out again?

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What does "harvest date" mean on my seed packets?

Q: The instructions on a seed packet says 22-30 days to harvest. Is this from the time you plant the seed or after it’s sprouted first leaves? Or hardened off and put in the garden/pot?

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Are my old garden seed still usable?

Q: How long are old garden vegetable seeds still usable? Packed for "--" season?

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When I can move a robin's nest?

Q: We have a robin currently building a nest right outside of a busy in and out entryway into our backyard. They've been here before but this is the first time they put their nest directly in the walking path. It doesn't ...

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Is there an effective DIY grasshopper trap?

Q: I work for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) based in Eugene. We are updating our resource page on grasshoppers, and we have info on the page about using a jar with water and molasses buried in ...

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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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