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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

Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the ...

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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

Yesterday's Orchard, Today's Home: Legacy Pesticides on Former Orchards

Residues of lead arsenate, DDT, and other persistent pesticides may be in soil where orchards once grew and homes now stand. This report discusses how to investigate former pesticide use and current pesticide residues on your ...

Dave Stone, Kim Anderson | Mar 2009 | OSU Extension Catalog

Living with termites in Bend!

Q: I am trying to assess whether my exterminator is giving me accurate information about termite activity in Central Oregon. I am a new home owner of a house built in 1936. Termite activity was discovered during inspection and ...

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Thinning: an important forest management tool

Thinning is the term foresters apply to removal of some trees from a stand to give others more room (and resources) to grow. It is a tool for improving timber value, making sites more productive, and — perhaps most ...

John Punches | Sep 2004 | Article