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How to make your own potting soil

Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.

Feb 17, 2012 | News Story

Rebuild garden soil with application of lime, gypsum

If home garden production seemed a bit off this year, your garden soil may need help. Rebuild it with an application of lime or gypsum. Liming garden soils west of the Cascades helps the soil in many ways, said Jan McNeilan, Oregon State University Extension Service consumer horticulture agent. Adding lime neutralizes soil acidity; supplies calcium and magnesium; promotes root ...

Feb 19, 2003 | News Story

There's no break for people who garden in clay

Clay soils are one of the biggest challenges to the home gardener

Feb 28, 2003 | News Story

Coir is sustainable alternative to peat moss in the garden

Coconut dust is a sustainable alternative to peat moss in the garden.

Jun 2, 2006 | News Story

Sweep wood ash from fireplace to garden

Wood ash has 13 essential minerals that plants need, but don't overdo it.

Kym Pokorny | Mar 16, 2018 | News Story

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

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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Salty solution? Is beach sand useful for my soil or landscaping?

Q: I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

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Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure, and even the ability for plant roots to penetrate through the soil.

Apr 2018 | Collection