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Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter

This publication will help you understand the importance of soil organic matter levels to good plant performance. It also contains suggestions for suitable soil amendments. Any soil, no matter how compacted, can be improved by ...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Neil Bell | May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Add organic matter to improve garden soils

Adding organic matter is the best way to improve nearly all kinds of soils.

Feb 27, 2009 | News Story

Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

Scotch Thistle

Scotch thistle was introduced to the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental plant from the Mediterranean region. It is a noxious weed in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Scotch thistle can form dense, virtually impenetrable ...

Sep 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Russian Thistle: Management in a Wheat-Fallow Crop Rotation

Reviews Russian thistle biology as it relates to management, including seed dormancy and longevity in soil, seed distribution, seed germination and emergence, plant growth after establishment, crop competition, and resistance to ...

Aug 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Perennial Weed Biology and Management

Explains how simple and creeping perennial weeds reproduce and spread. Covers weed seedbanks, seed dormancy in soil, and factors that influence seed germination. Describes the typical root structure of perennial weeds and the various...

Mar 2001 | OSU Extension Catalog

I have droopy asparagus, what can I do?

Q: We have had a wonderful patch of Jersey Giant asparagus for the past twenty five years. This year, we have something "infecting" a few of the clumps of our asparagus and we can't identify it. It appears to be some kind of wilt or virus?

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Asparagus rewards patience

Once established, asparagus is easy to grow and can last for decades.

Mar 30, 2012 | News Story

Growing vegetables in the Pacific Northwest coastal region

Asparagus, beets, carrots and summer squash are some of the vegetables you can grow along the coast. Learn what to watch out for in a region known for cooler temperatures.

Sally Reill | Jul 2017 | Article

Nothing beats bug patrol for organic gardeners

Look for OMRI logo when buying organic products

Kym Pokorny | Apr 29, 2016 | News Story