Honey verses agave syrup or coco nut sugar.

Is raw honey a better and healthier sweetener than agave syrup or coco nut sugar?


Outside United States human nutrition food nutrition over 4 years ago

What is the average cost per acre for leasing land to a local farmer for corn...

What is the average cost per acre for leasing land to a local farmer for corn in 2013? Any information for how the lease value is determined would be greatly appreciated.


Clinton County Ohio agriculture land rental over 4 years ago


I photographed the small ball shapes while pruning blueberry plants. Are they cocoons? Found as many as 5 or 6 strung together with very fine thread like material.If cocoons what might emerge when warmer. Good or bad for blueberry bushes



Cumberland County New Jersey over 4 years ago

Pine Wilt Nematode

A tree service company has suggested trunk injection of a nematicide in my Austrian pines against pine wilt nematode which has recently appeared in a few trees in my neighborhood. The cost is $1048 and the injection is said to last 2 years. Is it worth it?


Arapahoe County Colorado trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Soil testing

I would like to get a detailed soil test done for various parts of my lawn and gardens. I looked through the site but didn't find a reference to how to get this done. Please advise.


Multnomah County Oregon over 4 years ago

Allergy to dairy products

I have a 13 year old boy who is anaphylactically allergic to dairy products. How long does it take for spilled milk (proteins) on a hard service to breakdown, as to not create an allergic reaction if touched? Thanks. Joe


Nassau County New York food safety food allergy over 4 years ago


Is it true that we should be watering plants, shrubs and trees around our house due to the drought conditions?


Lane County Oregon horticulture over 4 years ago

How do we get rid of stink bugs in the house?

Our home has been over-run with Halyomorpha halys, better known as, stink bugs. Is there any way to rid our home of these? Someone told us to sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around our window sills, etc. But my husband and I noticed that on the bag there is a warning about eye irritant with that product. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Last fall they were swarming our home and during the winter we see them everywhere inside.


Montgomery County Ohio integrated pest management stinkbugs brown marmorated stinkbugs over 4 years ago

Have a lovely untreated ornamental apple that is going into a 3rd year of...

Have a lovely untreated ornamental apple that is going into a 3rd year of "scald or scab"? After 2 yrs of leaves dropping early, was told to begin spraying while tree is dormant this spring. Will likely have a tree service do this BUT I have 3 dogs who walk within the spray line of this tree. The tree can die from this (although I much prefer NOT to lose it) BUT MY BELOVED DOGS cannot die or be affected in any way. Is there any effective product that will not harm my dogs?


Ramsey County Minnesota apple diseases apple scab over 4 years ago

using TX sage/cenizo as a hedge; best way?

I purchased a TX sage (mealy) from a sale by the Native Plant club. I have a front hedge with that shrub that is an evergreen and boring. I live in Houston; the soil is deep black and sometimes difficult to dig into. I want to use the sage as an anchor in a TX native plant garden to draw butterflies and birds and good bugs. What is the best way to prepare the soil for a good start?


Harris County Texas trees and shrubs landscape design horticulture over 4 years ago

We have several large breed dog and after years of trying we are ready to...

We have several large breed dog and after years of trying we are ready to give up on our back yard grass. Short of re-sodding the entire yard I can't think of anything that will hold up to the wear and tear it receives. We've tried various lawn repair products, we've tried "rotating" the usage and it is almost a barren wasteland. When it rains it is terrible. We've thought of installing an in ground feces eliminator, but we're unsure of the effect on the environment. Any insight into lawn care ideas we can use are greatly appreciated


Baltimore Maryland lawns and turf dog damaged grass over 4 years ago

Honey bee hives

When we bought our property in DRW the owners left several small wooden hives behind. I am expanding my garden to include more flowers to attract pollinators this year but I am wondering if I should go hang these hives on the property somewhere and if so, where is the best location to attract honey bees? We have 10 acres and lots of wooded areas nearby as well as a large field. Thanks! April


Deschutes County Oregon bees horticulture over 4 years ago

soil testing

Does the testing with the "Home lawn & Garden Soil Test Mailer" include testing for heavy metals or other contaminants that we need to be concerned with for home vegetable gardening, especially root vegetables? If not, is there testing available for this and how would I get that done?


Oakland County Michigan over 4 years ago

Want to create microclimate several zones higher

Do you believe it's possible to create a micro climate around a zone 6 or 7 tree, such as a White Mulberry to make it a viable choice for zone 4? I have several high end solar tubes, and was thinking about using them to heat the area around the plant. Am I crazy? Kind Regards, John


Jackson County Minnesota trees and shrubs usda plant hardiness zone horticulture over 4 years ago

Food Pyramid

I am looking for resources to utilize in a den meeting for cub scouts. I am an assistant den leader and looking for information on the new food guide pyramid as well as any supplemental materials related to talking about proper diet. I would need 15 handouts of each handout. Are you able to help me? I need this information as soon as possible and can provide a mailing address if needed.


Linn County Iowa over 4 years ago

Pear stony pit virus

Can anyone tell me the scientific name of the pear stony pit virus?


Outside United States fruit trees pears pear trees horticulture over 4 years ago

Nursery Grower's bulletin for growing shade trees in buckets (10-15 gal)

Is there a bulletin for growing shade trees in buckets? At first, we don't want to invest in a pot-in-pot infrastructure, so we want to put the containers on weed-mat and stand them back up when they blow over. I have grown shade trees for a living and would like to start with 6-8' whips as bare-root liners.


Jefferson County Kentucky trees and shrubs over 4 years ago

Squash Dying Suddenly

I have raised gardens that I've been using now for the last 18 years, I add new organic material to the soil every year and use a rototiller to prepare the soil. For the last couple of years my squash plants die suddenly. When you check them at night they look wonderful and you wake up the next day they look as if weed killer was sprayed on them. I live in Sachse, TX but my dad lives in Murphy, TX and has the same problem. It is not a bug as we are both familiar with the borer and know what to look for. This is happening with several varieties of squash (Zucchini, Acorn, Butternut, and Yellow). The problem does not effect tomatoes, cucumbers, or various varieties of peppers. I don't have anything growing now or I would take a picture for you. Any suggestions?


Collin County Texas over 4 years ago

I have what appear to be baby flies on the ground around my potted rose...

I have what appear to be baby flies on the ground around my potted rose plant. Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? Thank you Sharyn Wagner


Santa Clara County California insect issues horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

bull kelp in veg. garden

I live in Gold Beach and can gather bull kelp fronds on the beach. Can these be used in my raised beds? and to what amount? Thank you, Ruth


Coos County Oregon soil and fertility issues horticulture over 4 years ago

Snow drifts on shady area of lawn

I have an area of my lawn that is shaded and the snow drifts stay on the grass all winter. It appears that this area of the lawn is damaged each spring. Should I rake these drifts off to the sunny side of my lawn to let the grass get some "air" where these drifts sit, and also puts the moisture on the areas that are in full sun?


Arapahoe County Colorado lawns and turf turfgrass diseases over 4 years ago

If my income falls below $15,800 in 2014, how will my ACA benefits be affected?

I live in Illinois, which has expanded Medicaid for individuals with incomes under $15,800.00. I have acquired a policy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with an anticipated MAGI of $40,000, so I receive a subsidy. I fear I may have to take a lower-paying job later in the year, or may be out of work and find that I have fallen below the $15,800 income level when it comes time to file 2014 taxes. What happens to the subsidies and insurance and insurance benefits that I have already received during 2014 if that happens?


Madison County Illinois personal finance over 4 years ago

Nandina toxic to birds?

On Jan. 22, 2014, an article appeared in the Beaverton Leader section of the Oregonian concerning the potential toxicity of nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) berries. It was written by Jennifer Nelson, an outreach specialist at the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. She referred to a recent press release from OSU Extension wildlife specialist, Dana Sanchez, outlining the danger of birds ingesting the berries and being poisoned by cyanide and other alkaloids which produce "highly toxic hydrogen cyanide" causing sudden death. Nandina is wide spread and pervasive in our area. Are studies underway about this issue? Why has there been no other information made public?


Washington County Oregon wildlife over 4 years ago

Mark Holden, Land Agent/Realtor

Hello, I am in search for a Forester for consultation with a client of mine, regarding a Silverculture project (Planted Pine). The project in north central Pasco County, Florida. Any names, numbers or suggestions ? Thank you in advance, for any assistance. Mark Holden



Pasco County Florida forestry silviculture pine trees consulting forester over 4 years ago


I have a volunteer apple tree that needs to be moved. How do I transplant it successfully?


Jackson County Oregon trees and shrubs horticulture over 4 years ago

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