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Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter

This publication will help you understand the importance of soil organic matter levels to good plant performance. It also contains suggestions for suitable soil amendments. Any soil, no matter how compacted, can be improved by ...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Neil Bell | May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Coffee grounds and soil trial

Popular gardening advice touts the benefits of coffee grounds for acid loving plants, as a slug repellant and soul amendment. Little research based information is available to back up many of these claims. From November 2008 to...

Jun 2009 | Article

Mushrooms can mean healthy soil

Mushrooms are the reproductive structure of fungi and can indicate healthy soil.

Jan 7, 2011 | 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

Methods to control blackberry thickets

It could take years to eradicate a large patch of blackberries, because so many seeds remain in the soil. But with good timing and dedication, property owners can reduce a sprawling blackberry thicket to a few manageable stragglers

Mar 26, 2010 | News Story

Would my garden benefit from a java jolt?

Q: We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?

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Are roadside blackberries safe?

Q: I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray ...

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They get knocked down but they get up again, are blackberries indestructible?

Q: I have chopped down blackberry canes into fairly small pieces in my back yard, The area is a fair size. Can I leave them on the ground, or can these pieces of cane resprout. I'm not interested in using any kind of ...

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Coffee Grounds and Composting

Coffee grounds are a great addition to the garden and compost pile. Help to recycle this great organic resource and reduce the amount of organics going to the landfill!

Jun 2018 | Article

Nothing beats bug patrol for organic gardeners

Look for OMRI logo when buying organic products

Kym Pokorny | Apr 29, 2016 | News Story