Hard cooked eggs in the oven

Our educators across the state have been asked about the new way to cook eggs that is all over Facebook and Internet. Mini muffin pans, lay eggs on and bake at 325 for 30 minutes. My concern was them blowing up in the oven and the food safety. What do we tell them?


Centre County Pennsylvania food safety almost 6 years ago

When to plant


I'm new to Colorado, and am wondering if you have any fact sheets or info about the best time to plant different vegetables?




Arapahoe County Colorado fruits and vegetables almost 6 years ago

Hi - Do you have advice on when to spray apple, pear, cherry, & peach...

Hi - Do you have advice on when to spray apple, pear, cherry, & peach trees? Also, I've heard olive or canola oil can be used as an oil spray. If this works, how much per gallon should I use? Thanks. Steve Sturm


Delaware County Ohio almost 6 years ago

Wildflower planting

I have a 10,000 sq. foot area I'd like to plant bushes and
wildflowers. Does the county have a program for this or what options
might one have?
In the Rochester city limits, on a south facing hillside, with sumacs.
Thank you, jim moore


Olmsted County Minnesota trees and shrubs wildflowers and native plants landscape design shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

What is this tree/woody shrub?

This tree has been taking over large areas of parkland near my house. It is not listed in any of the Texas Invasive documents that I have seen (nor native tree sources). They grow in full sun or shade. Leaves are in 5 leaf palmate clusters, long and thin, smooth-edged and waxy (see picture). The longest leaf lobes are 6-8 inches. The flowers are red/pink and tubular. They grow quickly and seem rather spindly when densely packed. Can you tell me what this plant is?

And it turns out to be a red buckeye.
I think.



Travis County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture almost 6 years ago

Red rust (spider) disease

I have a spruce in my front yard that is dying slowly. I need to know what is the disease and if the tree is downed how long before I can replant?


Jackson County Michigan trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

Boxelder bug control in and around home

I've unsuccessfully tried sealing cracks and crevasses, spraying insecticides and using the vaccum to control Boxelder bugs in and around our home on the shores of Bear Lake.

They seem to be everywhere and in large numbers, especially during cool weather and during winters.

How can I kill and be rid of these tenacious pests?



Salt Lake County Utah urban integrated pest management box elder bugs household insect almost 6 years ago

Fruit Tree Varieties

What varieties (apple/pear/cherry, etc.)are good for my area?


Washakie County Wyoming almost 6 years ago

tree pruning

I have planted approx 60 fruit trees of all different varieties, is there anyway I can get a master gardener to come out next spring and show me the proper pruning ways of pruning the various type trees and how do I get ahold of someone? Also have planted 26 blueberries and 15 Honeyberries


Greene County Missouri trees and shrubs fruits and vegetables horticulture almost 6 years ago

Vegetable varieties

What variety tomato grows best in the Worland area.


Washakie County Wyoming almost 6 years ago

Tree Farming in Walla Walla Valley

Is there any research on what trees, shrubs, etc grow well in this area? And provide a good return without the same kind of work needed with fruit crops. We are intereded in hardwoods and other wood or bark crops that have an artisan demand. Our property has irrigation rights so we can water without putting in a well.


Umatilla County Oregon forestry almost 6 years ago

Do bed bugs have wings?

Do bed bugs have wings? My daughter found a few one day on her bed sheet, and then a week later, she found one about 1.5 mm to 2 mm in diameter. I haven't yet taken a photo.


Orange County California bed bugs household insects almost 6 years ago


Can shredded paper be used as a mulch or will this take too long to decompose?

Would the shredded paper help to retain moisture in sandy soil?


Calhoun County Michigan sustainable gardening and landscaping horticulture almost 6 years ago

Adding sand to my lawn

Hello, I have about 2500 sq ft of lawn. My home is in the Damascus area on one of the volcanic buttes here. The lawn is growing on sloping clayey ground with the top 4-6 inches composed of a soil mixture that I've added as a top dressing over the last 5 years. In the last two years this soil layer has become very water saturated during the winter and spring. I've dug a few post holes to look at the soil profile and it's clear that this soggy-ness is confined to that soil layer and is most evident in those areas that receive the most run-off from paved areas. I've been advised that adding clean (washed) sand to the soil layer will improve drainage and add some structure to the soil that is currently missing. Does that sound like a reasonable approach to mitigating this problem?


Clackamas County Oregon soil almost 6 years ago

adding sulfur

I have 2 big leaf rhododendrons that have chlorotic leaves. From what I have read I think I may need to add sulfur. Do you recommend ferrous sulfate for this and should it be added as a dry or liquid amendment?


Multnomah County Oregon horticulture almost 6 years ago

Clematis feeding

Hi - I have a clematis question. I have several vines (mainly Group 3) & I understand the early spring pruning requirements. My question is this: when do I begin feeding them? If I prune some of them soon, since they are starting to leaf out, should I fertilize them soon after pruning? Will this be detrimental to them when we get more freezing weather between now and May 15? Thank you!

Andrew Laing


Denver County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago

ferns for deep shade

Landscaping for a condo building: either side of the front door, beds with deep shade, pachysandra does well. Need recommendations for something fairly small and low maintenance for the corners, ground level where the building wall meets the projection for the front door. What about an evergreen fern?


District of Columbia landscape design gardening horticulture almost 6 years ago

Lack of Edu or gov

Hello, I have been in education for the past 10 years, however, I am not longer working for someone else, instead, I am the CEO of DLC Services which I am the only owner.


California almost 6 years ago


To show items other than livestock in the fair, do you have to have the eligibility form signed?


Montgomery County Texas youth 4-h almost 6 years ago

Soil for garden

What is the difference between top soil, potting soil, and compost? Which should I fill my raised bed gardens and pots with for growing vegetables?


Deschutes County Oregon almost 6 years ago

What are the disadvantages of biodiesel?

My 8th grade advanced studies science class is doing a research project on renewable resources. My group was given the topic disadvantages of biodiesel. I have found that biodiesel is more expensive than traditional fuel and that the companies making it are clearing forests. I guess what I am trying to ask is, what are a few of the disadvantages of biodiesel?


Jackson County Missouri ag energy biodiesel almost 6 years ago

Grazing School

I was looking through your calendar of events for this year and did not see a date for the Grazing School held at the Lake City facility. It is usually in September I believe. Will it be held again this year?


Ottawa County Michigan pastures and forages grazing almost 6 years ago


i have been in the turf irrigation industry for about 30 yrs. one half selling to contractors, the other half mostly as an irrigation tech. i have installed a few emitters to new plants in my day. met a few master gardeners ( m.g. ) also. whenever i ask the m.g. which size emitter ( gph ) to install at the plant they cannot give me an answer. if i ask which size they installed at the plant they tell me they don't know,just an emitter. so i guess my question is where do i get this info & why is there a "gap" between the m.g. & the sprinkler guy? i'm not trying to degrade the m.g., but it seems they should be able to tell me how much the plant needs. as the supplier i can put almost anything at the plant. emitters sizes run from .5gph to 24gph. i'm kinda frustrated. i know nothing about plants, just how to run water to them. please help!


Boulder County Colorado lawns and turf almost 6 years ago

Number of ranch/farm businesses

I am doing research on the number of ranch or farm businesses in Baker, Malheur, Harney, Grant, and Lake counties. Do you have a good idea of where I could find such information?


Baker County Oregon almost 6 years ago

Worms in apples!

We moved into a new house last year and inherited a wonderful backyard orchard. We have two cherry trees, a pear tree, a very prolific apricot tree and a big apple tree. The problem is, over half of our apples had worms in them! Such a bummer because we had to toss so many apples! When you cut them open, there would be some black moldy looking substance and a hole in the center of the apple, and sometimes even a live whitish worm in there.
We have small children and pets, and we buy almost all organic fruit and veggies, and we don't want to spray any toxins on our apples that would put them in the "dirty dozen" catagory. What can we do to stop these worms but keep our apples as organic as possible? Bagging the apples is not an option... the tree is much to large.

Also... any advice on increasing the amount of pears and cherries we get, again, as organically as possible?

Thank you so much!


El Paso County Colorado trees and shrubs stone fruit almost 6 years ago

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