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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

New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid natural resource managers to prepare forested landscapes for a changing climate.

Chris Branam | Aug 16, 2018 | News Story

Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening in raised beds has been a common practice for centuries. "Raised" means the soil level in the bed is higher than its surrounding, and "bed" implies it is small enough to work from the walkways.

May 2018 | Fact Sheet

Growing Your Own

This publication provides basic advice on a wide range of gardening topics, including composting, container gardens, fall/winter gardens, fertilizing, insect pests, plant diseases, planting guidelines, raised beds, site selection, slugs, ...

Gail Langellotto | Apr 2011 | OSU Extension Catalog

I need a cat-free garden, is there a natural deterrent?

Q: My daughter's cat digs in my flower bed and leaves holes and scatters dirt everywhere, uproots bulbs, etc. What can I use that is a natural remedy, something safe for the environment.

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Soluble salts damaging to houseplants

Check winter houseplants for brown leaf tips, wilting, dropping of lower leaves and little or no new growth - all signs that your plant may be in trouble.

Feb 19, 2003 | News Story

Encourage kids to explore imagination in the garden

Digging in the dirt gives youth a feeling of accomplishment

Kym Pokorny | Apr 22, 2016 | News Story

Head off houseplant pests with vigilance and cleanliness

Be sure to ID insects first before choosing a method for control

Kym Pokorny | Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals

Winter is a good time to check for insects on your houseplants

Kym Pokorny | Nov 20, 2015 | News Story

Give charming winter-blooming plants as holiday gifts

A few tips will assure plants live into the new year

Kym Pokorny | Nov 29, 2017 | News Story