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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

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

Entomology for Gardeners

Classification and names Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta = Insects (Arachnida = Spiders) Order: The technical name of the orders describes the wings. For example: Coleoptera: “coleo” = sheath; “ptera” = wing; that is, a...

Jean R. Natter | Jan 2019 | Article

Basic Entomology

Insects can be found in great numbers in every ecosystem on our planet except for the ocean. There are over a million different identified species of insects in the world, but only an estimated 31,000 identified species of...

Richard Little | Jan 2016 | Article