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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

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

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