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Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Chris Branam | Feb 25, 2019 | News Story

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

Predicting Nitrogen Availability from Organic Amendments: laboratory, Field, and Computer Stimulation

A study to improve the ability to predict nitrogen availability from organic soil amendments, including improved accuracy of Nitrogen availability estimates, to target amendment application rates to meet crop N needs.

Dan Sullivan, E.S. Gale, Delbert Hemphill, Craig Crogger, Andy Bary, E.A. Myhre | Apr 2018 | Publication

Nitrogen Fertilizer: Where Does it Go?

Most Christmas tree growers fertilize with nitrogen (N) intending to improve tree color, growth, and ultimately value. Where does the fertilizer go after application? How much is actually taken up by the trees, stored in the soil or lost to the environment? How much N is removed at harvest? Should growers be concerned about depletion of soil N reserves from repeated ...

Chal Landgren, Michael Bondi, Steve Webster, Rick Fletcher | Jul 1994 | Article

Estimating Nitrogen & Dry Matter From Cover Crops

Cover crops are used by many farmers, but very few know how much nitrogen (N) or dry matter they are getting from their cover crops. There are some methods in the literature for estimating cover crop contributions. We are evaluating these methods in on-farm WSARE-funded trials in the Northern Willamette Valley to find the most practical and accurate method for use on ...

Nick Andrews | Apr 2007 | Article

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

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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