We have a well that has hard, acidic water (6.6 ph) and we get a fair amount of lime build-up on our pipes. I think we may also have some bacterial iron. We're looking into water softeners, but are concerned about the environmental Impact of the sodium and potassium based softeners. On the other hand, we don't know if the salt-free water conditioners will do the job. Can you make a recommendation for us?
Jackson County Oregon in-home water quality and treatment options almost 5 years ago
A farm has a lighted gureenhouse that lights up the whole neighberhood. The local ordinance prohibits l light from leaving your yard. Is the farm exempt from the ordinance
Otsego County Michigan almost 5 years ago
how deep do i need to plow a small vegetable garden
Hi, A couple of years ago, I attended a fruit tree class at the OSU Extension office (in Central Point or in Grants Pass) or at a spring fair put on by the Master Gardeners of Jackson County (at RCC Medford) or Josephine County (at RCC Grants Pass). It was taught by an employee of Harry & David who discussed that company's pruning technique of a central leader with rings of horizontal branches, each ring separated by a foot or so. I would like to get some literature on the technique. Do you know where I can procure such information? Thanks, Bob
I just moved to a new house and I have a "blank slate" from which to build my garden from. I would like to grow fruit trees, berries, as well as many vegetables. I know that there are some general things like bluberries liking acidic soil etc. and some vegetables that shouldn't be planted next to each other, and that need to be rotated and not planted in teh same place year after year. It all seems a bit overwhelming and I would love for someone to come to my house and give me a "master plan" from which to work from. Do you have any suggestions?
I would like to send a housewarming gift to my daughter who just moved to Austin. She expressed an interest in a plum tree for her backyard. Is there a variety that would be good for eating or preserving that would grow and produce well in the climate? Do you know of a good resource for ordering an appropriate variety? She is in the 78749 area code. Thank you for any information or guidance you can provide.
Orange County California trees and shrubs almost 5 years ago
We have a neighbor who just found homes for two roosters (with a lot of trouble). They have chickens for laying eggs. Is there a place that will determine the sex of new chicks so that we don't have to go through the torture of having roosters crowing all day? They really don't want them.
Virginia poultry almost 5 years ago
Approximately how much money does Larimer County produce annually from agriculture?
I live on 3 acres and am considering going into business for myself setting up a green house vegetable garden, my question is wheather there is enough of a demand to make a decent living off of such a venture. Thank you for your response.
Bexar County Texas vegetable gardening almost 5 years ago
Are there any research, courses, or experiment stations working on aquaponics at or with OSU?
I want to grow carrots, onions, cabbage, and radishes year round in a large greenhouse (126 x 328) in the state of Washington near Tacoma. Should I add heat during the winter?
We have large puddles or colonies of grey colored tiny larvae or insects, with over a dozen piles of up to 3 feet in diameter and up to an inch deep, around the base of buildings. It almost resembles many containers of spilled gun powder, and exhibits movement when touched. They seem to prefer asphalt or dirt and nearly always near a structure. Must be millions of them. It also appears in the dogs water dish over the past week. Under 10x jewelers loop they appear to have wings and antennae and multiple legs and the entire creature is about 1mm long and when a few are separated from the group on a knife blade, they jump or fly off. Any ideas what they are?
Columbia County Oregon urban integrated pest management almost 5 years ago
Can you tell me who to see about getting the soil in my vegetable garden tested?
We live in the NE heights of Albuq. Planted an Autumn Blaze Maple 5 years ago and it has flourished (25 ft. tall). It now has a trunk about 7 in. in diameter . Super shade and beautiful in fall. However, large vertical cracks are developing on the trunk. Do we need to take any corrective action.
We've planted 3 more and want to stay on top of any problems. Local nursery advised us to use sulfur (1/2 cup spring and fall) to overcome alkali and make sure to water during winter. Seems to be working well.
Should we wrap the trunks? Any advice would be appreciated.
Dick and Ruth Carpenter
Bernalillo County New Mexico almost 5 years ago
I am interested in creating a horse therapy ranch in the mountains & need help with making it as sustainable as possible. We're looking at property in Gilpin Co currently. Who do I contact?
Gilpin County Colorado horse therapy almost 5 years ago
Where can you find Lime Sulphur these days? Cannot find at Home Depot in Portland and is hard to find in other areas? What other available stores have this product?
Multnomah County Oregon horticulture almost 5 years ago
I was told that I can plant my 8 inch boxwood bushes during the winter. Is that correct for Denver?
Denver County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 5 years ago
Do bears pose a danger to huamn related food poisoning when damaging farm crops?
We are USDA certified, on one of my requirements I need to know yield of a variety of vegetables we grow. I have look everywhere, I have found a few but not for all. I would also like to know ph for a variety of vegetables and also average NPK requirements for a variety of vegetables
How long before resubmision?
Washtenaw County Michigan almost 5 years ago
We have a new house with several patches of lawn in varying conditions.
This is our first house, so neither of us have a lot of experience. We are wondering what you would suggest for rehabbing these patches with drought-resistant varieties.
1) There is a patch of grass that greened up well last fall when we started watering it. If we seed with a different type of drought-resistant grass, will the two varieties coexist well? We have no idea what type of grass is there.
2) There is another patch of what used to be lawn but is now just weedy ground cover (and particularly ugly). Can we rototill this and then seed? How would you go about getting rid of those weeds?
3) The backyard never greened up last year and has some wimpy patches of grass and patches of dirt. If we put down seed, can we just hope that a new variety takes over?
I live near the Cherry Creek Reservoir and Highline Canal in Denver. Many times I think about making some "seed bombs" to scatter some native wildflowers and grasses along the trail. My problem is which ones? I want ones that will thrive in the area (arid) and come back yearly. Any idea?
Denver County Colorado wildflowers and native plants almost 5 years ago
I am raising my first flock of chickens. I have 9 hens, 9 months old, who range in the backyard all day and sleep in a coop in the garage at night. I have noticed that one of my Ameraucanas (4 Ameraucanas, 5 sex-links) is wheezing a little and occasionally making a "moaning" noise that makes me think of my own asthma. I haven't noticed this in any other chicken, but it seems they have all been a little unenthusiastic about eating sometimes. I think all of them are laying.
Boulder County Colorado poultry almost 5 years ago
We planted Douglas Firs 25 years ago along our back fence for privacy. They grew. Are they too close together? Should we remove every other one so the remaining ones will be sturdier against the wind? They'd probably graze our house now if they fell towards it, and would certainly hit our neighbor's house if they fell that direction.
25 kilos of poultry manure, what kind of chemical to be mixed an to be come organic fertilizer and use for planting rice.
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