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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

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

Growing Tree Fruits Successfully

Selecting and preparing the site and soil, irrigation, rootstocks and varieties, planting, pruning and thinning fruit, pest management, and maintenance schedule.

Jun 2018 | Presentation

How can I protect my duck egg?

Q: We have a pair of Mallards stop by and hang out in our pool for a few weeks every year. Our dogs are used to them and give the ducks a wide berth when they walk by the pool. I just noticed that in the last ...

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Why Does Your Tree Look Sick?

Most “sick tree” problems can be traced back to underlying stresses that have reduced the tree's vigor, making it more vulnerable to diseases or insect pests.

Jun 2018 | Article

Planting and caring for a fruit tree

Planting a new fruit tree? Dig a big hole, wait to apply fertilizer and keep an eye on pests. Here are more quick tips for taking care of your transplanted tree.

Steve Renquist | May 2015 | Article

How to collect a plant specimen for disease diagnosis

A guide for how to collect and where to get a sample analyzed for plant diseases.

Melodie Putnam, Carol Savonen | Jul 2014 | Article

Fruit tree integrated pest management

A look at integrated pest management in "Concepts from Start to Finish".

Steve Renquist | May 2015 | Article

Fruit tree pest management

Homeowners often consider pest management the most difficult part of raising fruit. Most people either lack the knowledge to identify and control insect pests and diseases, or they dread having to spray chemicals to protect their...

Steve Renquist | May 2015 | Article

Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Oregon

A summary of the main trunk diseases causing issues in Oregon and management methods.

Melodie Putnam | Mar 2019 | Article