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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

Is anaerobic compost tea useful, any tips?

Q: I would like to use compost tea on my garden. I don't have the means to make aerobic compost tea. If I use anaerobic compost tea as a soil drench only, will I still provide my soil a flush of beneficial microbes? Also, do you have any suggestions for making anaerobic compost tea?

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Scotch broom is beautiful, but noxious

Scotch broom is noxious in Pacific Northwest

May 29, 2009 | News Story

Look out for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes

Be on the lookout for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes.

Nov 19, 2007 | News Story

Gorgeous yellow iris is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Gorgeous yellow iris Is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Jun 20, 2008 | News Story

Invasive grass called false brome, threatens Oregon native plant diversity

Oregon is the first state to list invasive non-native grass called false brome as a noxious weed.

Mar 2, 2007 | News Story

How to keep butterfly bush from spreading noxiously

Butterfly bush, or Buddleia, can be a very aggressive non-native plant that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation. Take care to cut blossoms off in the fall.

Jan 21, 2005 | News Story

How blueberry plants develop and grow

Blueberries grow well in the Pacific Northwest. To get the most out of your bushes, it helps to understand the form and function of each part of the plant.

Bernadine Strik | Mar 2015 | Article