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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

Candace Stoughton - Water Conservation

Candace Stoughton, Low Impact Development Specialist, gives a tour of the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District building and the many demonstration projects on the grounds that soak up stormwater

May 2018 | Video

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, ...

Feb 2015 | Publication

Is my flooded garden area safe?

Q: Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform ...

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Tips and tricks to save water during a hot summer

Prolonged heat wave amps up need for water in the garden

Kym Pokorny | Aug 4, 2017 | News Story

Are roadside blackberries safe?

Q: I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray ...

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Perennials: How to Dig and Divide!

Perennials are one of the many treasures in the garden but after time they may have outgrown their spot or just aren’t as vigorous as when they were first planted. These plants actually perform best when they are younger...

Crystal Cady | Sep 2010 | Article

Lawn Watering Guide for Eastern Oregon

During the summer, nearly half of all residential water in Oregon is used to irrigate landscape areas around homes. A significant reduction in water use can occur by using efficient water ways to maintain our lawns and ...

Mary Corp, Chris Luttrell | Aug 2010 | Article

Landscape Sustainability Checkup

Is your yard ready to be an "Oregon Sustainable Landscape"?

May 2018 | Article

Drought-Tolerant Plants for Shade

Water-wise gardening conserves water and helps protect the environment. A xeriscape is a “dry scene” that uses very little water, but a water-wise garden includes any style that is designed to conserve water.

May 2018 | Article