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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

Checklist for putting your garden to bed for winter

The glistening cold of the Willamette Valley's first frost has ushered in the right time to clean up the garden.

Nov 8, 2013 | News Story

I am furloughed, too early for gardening?

Q: I'm a furloughed federal employee and suddenly find myself with free time that could end tomorrow, next week, next month, who knows. On top of that, it's sunny! What are things I could do now that will be a good ...

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How to grow currants and gooseberries for jams and pies

Currants and gooseberries make great jams and pies

Dec 31, 2010 | News Story

February Garden Calendar

Information about garden planning, maintenance and clean up, pest monitoring and management, houseplants, and indoor gardening for the month of February.

May 2018 | Article

Eat from the garden all year

Cloches allow you to eat fresh out of the garden all year.

Mar 31, 2011 | News Story

Why are my trees dying?

Trees all over Oregon are displaying signs of poor health. People are quick to blame insects, but insects are rarely the underlying cause of the problem. Drought and other stressors can make trees vulnerable to pests and disease.

John Punches | Sep 2019 | Article

Take one more go at the garden before retiring for winter

There's plenty to do, including clean up and tool care

Kym Pokorny | Nov 22, 2017 | News Story

These cold-hardy vegetables may stick it out through winter

The fearless gardener still has a chance to plant some cold-hardy vegetables to harvest next spring, said Jim Myers, plant breeder and researcher at Oregon State University. But don't dawdle.

Sep 13, 2013 | News Story

Lengthen growing season by building a coldframe or cloche

Construction materials can include fiberglass, wood, wire, plastic and PVC hoops.

Tiffany Woods | Jun 27, 2014 | News Story