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Botany Basics

Plants are essential to life on earth. Understanding how plants grow and develop helps us capitalize on their usefulness and make them part of our everyday lives.

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Environmental Factors Affecting Plant Growth

Plant growth and geographic distribution are greatly affected by the environment. Either directly or indirectly, most plant problems are caused by environmental stress. Environmental factors that affect plant growth include light, temperature, water, humidity, and nutrition.

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Is anaerobic compost tea useful, any tips?

I would like to use compost tea on my garden. I don't have the means to make aerobic compost tea. If I use anaerobic compost tea as a soil drench only, will I still provide my soil a flush of beneficial microbes? Also, do you have any suggestions for making anaerobic compost tea?

By Linda Brewer

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Pick a good mulch groundcover for your yard

Aug 2, 2013
When choosing mulch, "The coarser the better," according to Al Shay, an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

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Layer compost "lasagna-style" for no-till gardening

Feb 1, 2013
Also known as sheet mulching, "lasagna gardening" is a no-till, no-dig gardening method that turns materials like kitchen waste, straw and newspapers into rich, healthy compost.

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Healthy lawns need efficient irrigation

Jul 14, 2011
A new OSU Extension publication, available online, can help homeowners decide on an optimum lawn irrigation schedule.

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Is anaerobic compost tea useful, any tips?

I would like to use compost tea on my garden. I don't have the means to make aerobic compost tea. If I use anaerobic compost tea as a soil drench only, will I still provide my soil a flush of beneficial microbes? Also, do you have any suggestions for making anaerobic compost tea?

By Linda Brewer