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Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

Red worms eat their way through kitchen waste to produce rich soil amendment

Keeping a worm farm is an easy project

Kym Pokorny | Aug 12, 2016 | News Story

Turfgrasses and Lawn Care in Eastern Oregon

Today, turfgrass is the single largest irrigated crop in the United States and covers three times the land area of any other cultivated crop. An estimated 40.5 million acres of grasses are planted in residential, commercial and...

Richard Smiley | Jan 2018 | Article

Wiggle your way into worm composting

Worm castings -- AKA poop -- add valuable nutrients to the soil and is easy to make. The hardest part is making the bin and that's not difficult.

Kym Pokorny | Jul 23, 2018 | News Story

I gotta have more worms!

Q: Where can I find information on adding worms to soil that has none? Thanks.

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Infiltration Testing: Low-impact development fact sheet

One of the first steps in siting a low-impact development facility is infiltration testing. Infiltration tests estimate the rate at which runoff will infiltrate, or pass through, native soil. An infiltration test, in essence, ...

Derek Godwin | Aug 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Vegetated Roofs: Low-impact development fact sheet

Growing a garden on your roof is an attractive alternative building method, but there's a lot to know before you start hauling soil to the top floor. Learn how vegetated roofs, also known as "green" roofs, can play an elevated role in the low-impact development landscape.

Derek Godwin | May 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Porous Pavement: Low-impact development fact sheet

Porous pavement allows runoff to move through the surface and into the soil beneath, reducing the volume of stormwater. Learn about porous asphalt, pervious concrete, permeable pavers and flexible paving systems and how each ...

Derek Godwin | Jun 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Composting with worms

Information about how to use worms to compost.

Dec 2017 | Article