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Sheet mulching — aka lasagna composting — builds soil, saves time

Sheet composting, also referred to as lasagna composting or sheet mulching, is a cold composting method used by people around the world for generations. It is an excellent way to convert grass to vegetable beds, create new ...

Jan 2013 | Article

Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations

Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.

Oct 15, 2007 | News Story

Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the ...

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Some Garden Myths and What Research Has to Say

From the myth of collapsing root balls to myth of compost tea - learn the facts about a range of tips you may have heard through the years about healthy soil, pretty mulch, and more.

Richard Little | Feb 2014 | Article

Much to gardeners’ delight mulching cuts down on weeding and watering

Materials give variety of looks and performances

Kym Pokorny | Jun 10, 2016 | News Story

The ABCs of NPK: A fertilizer guide

Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium aren't just an alphabet soup of chemicals. They are essential plant nutrients that, when used correctly, help to grow a healthy garden. Learn what fertilizers to apply when in this handy guide.

Lisa Ehle | Jun 2018 | Article

Central Oregon Vegetable Gardening

A collection of articles for growing vegetables in Central Oregon. Include general information, recommendations, soil temperatures, rhubarb, potatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, tomatoes and tomatillos.

Jul 2018 | Collection

Phosphorus on the farm from feed grains and by-products

Phosphorus is an important plant nutrient for growing dairy forages. Unfortunately, many dairies have more phosphorus excreted and stored in manure than they can use during a crop year. Soils have the ability to store moderate ...

Troy Downing, Michael Gamroth | Mar 2004 | Article

Is ink bad for my vegetables?

Q: Going to start shredding various types of paper--no cardboard--and wondered if the various toners/inks would cause problems with the plants or if the plant would absorb the chemicals and I would end up eating them from the ...

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Wood chips for mulch?

Q: I have an old pile of wood chips from a pruned willow tree and I wondered if I could rototill them into my garden soil to add mulch?

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