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Soil texture determines how much and how often to water

It's a myth that lawns and gardens in sandy soil need more water than other soils

Jun 15, 2012 | News Story

Interpreting Compost Analyses

Compost can return nutrients and organic matter to the soil, a proven practice for soil health enhancement. It can improve crop growth and provide environmental benefits by improving soil tilth and the soil’s capacity to absorb...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Is charcoal a good soil amendment?

Q: Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

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Are ashes good for my soil?

Q: Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

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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.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jan 2008 | Article

How hormones and growth regulators affect your plants

Plant hormones and growth regulators are chemicals that affect flowering, aging, root growth, distortion and killing of organs, prevention or promotion of stem elongation, color enhancement of fruit, prevention of leafing and/or leaf fall, and many other conditions.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jul 2012 | Article

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.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jan 2008 | Collection