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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

Container Planting

This fact-sheet explains container planting, including types of containers, soil for containers, and fertilizer.

May 2018 | Fact Sheet

Container gardening basics

Choose the right containers, soil and plants to keep your flowerpots blooming all season long. When choosing plants for container gardening, go for "thrillers," "fillers" and "spillers."

Amy Jo Detweiler | Mar 2014 | Article

Help! Tansy is getting the upper hand.

Q: Where can I get some of the tansy flea beetles ? We used these many years ago and they did an incredible job. I do have some of the cinnabar larva present but they never start working early enough to prevent the ...

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A burrowing pest: controlling gophers on your property

Gophers can cause a lot of damage on a farm. Here's what to do when these small mammals invade your small acreage: Trap them, set out bait or maybe even enlist the help of barn owls. If you decide to try a trap, make sure to set it in the main tunnel.

Melissa Matthewson | Mar 2007 | Article

Homemade Remedies for Pests and Diseases

Home remedies have shown some effectiveness against many garden pests and diseases.

Jul 2017 | Article

Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article

Why do I need water rights for irrigation?

Many landowners are unaware that a legal right is needed to use surface water and groundwater for irrigation purposes.

Melissa Fery | Apr 2018 | Article

Tansy Ragwort

Tansy ragwort, an invasive weed that can harm certain types of livestock, is making a comeback in western Oregon. Find out how to control it and protect your animals.

Shelby Filley, Andy Hulting, Gene Pirelli, Eric Coombs | Aug 2011 | Article