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What is a good soil mix for blueberries?

Q: I will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts...

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Compost for blueberry plants: testing and tips

Compost is an acceptable amendment for blueberry plants, but it's important to test it before you apply it. Pay attention to pH and nutrient levels, and watch out for weeds.

Dan Sullivan | Mar 2015 | Article

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

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, water, and air. This publication provides recipes and information on safe and proper storage.

Feb 2015 | Publication

Keeping vampires out of my blueberry patch, garlic flavored blueberries?

Q: I am getting prepared to plant my garlic in Oct/Nov. I have lots of space around my blueberry plants. Would they do OK together? Someone told me my blueberries may taste like garlic!! Is that possible?

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With a little care, blueberries sweeten the garden for decades

Certain varieties grow best in the Pacific Northwest

Kym Pokorny | Apr 10, 2015 | News Story

Is my flooded garden area safe?

Q: Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform bacteria and E. coli... two weeks later there is still floodwater remaining in our pasture. (This refers to the flooding of the Willamette river in Corvallis on April 10th 2019.) Should I wait a week, a month or a year to plant???

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Why can't I eat my blueberries?

Q: I purchased some good sized (3-5 gallon) blueberry plants yesterday. I was reading the OSU extension pub EC 1304, which emphasizes heavy pruning upon planting (and removing all fruit buds to prevent berries the first year). I really want to ignore this advice because the plants have nice flowers on them now and I'm eager to get fruit this year. I thought I could ignore the recommendations since the plants are so big already -- at least 2 ft tall and around. Unwise? 

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Do I need to "tuck in" my berries for the winter?

Q: How to winter over blueberries and black raspberries? Pruning etc. Once heard to bury the blueberries, is that true?

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Organic blueberry growers can compete successfully with commercial operations

10-year study shows trio of production methods for best results

Kym Pokorny | Dec 18, 2017 | News Story