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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

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

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, water, and air. This publication provides recipes and information on safe and proper storage.

Feb 2015 | Publication

Is my flooded garden area safe?

Q: Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform bacteria and E. coli... two weeks later there is still floodwater remaining in our pasture. (This refers to the flooding of the Willamette river in Corvallis on April 10th 2019.) Should I wait a week, a month or a year to plant???

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