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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

Groundwater and Nitrogen Management in Willamette Valley Mint Production

Describes impacts of nitrogen overfertilization and uneven irrigation on groundwater in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Recommends that mint crop growers use stem testing to gauge nitrogen needs more closely and advises growers on how to improve irrigation system efficiency.

John Selker | Apr 2004 | OSU Extension Catalog

The Phosphorus Dilemma

Explains water-quality issues related to excess phosphorus in surface waters. Provides specific ways for homeowners, commercial property managers, irrigated row crop growers, dryland farmers, ranchers, and confined animal feeding operators to reduce phosphorus loss to surface waters.

Clinton Shock | Oct 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

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

Three methods for no-turn cold composting

Recycling organic debris for composting and improving soil doesn’t have to be a chore! If hot composting is not for you, try one of these easy cold-composting methods. Each has advantages and disadvantages but the end result is the same: improved garden soil and less organic waste in landfill.

Jul 2017 | Article

Food Safety for Fresh Market Growers: Manure Management and Irrigation Water

Many farms will be required to go through some sort of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification process in order to satisfy buyer demands or because they will be required to under the new Food Safety Modernization Act. ...

Nick Andrews | Jun 2013 | 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

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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