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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

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

Growing Berries on the Oregon Coast: Strawberries

Information on growing strawberries on the Oregon Coast, including site selection, soil, cultivars, planting systems, irrigation, mulching, fertilization, harvesting, renovation, and handling pests and problems.

Bernadine Strik, Cassie Bouska | Mar 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Describes various varieties of June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries and when they produce crops. Explains where to plant strawberries and how to rotate a strawberry patch to optimize growth and minimize disease. ...

Bernadine Strik | Mar 2013 | OSU Extension Catalog

Plant strawberries in early spring

Early spring is the time to plant strawberries.

Apr 3, 2009 | News Story

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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Keep those gray fuzzy strawberries in check

Proper watering and yearly renovation can help stem strawberry gray mold, also known as Botrytis fruit rot.

May 27, 2011 | News Story

Pump up your pumpkins to giant size

Record-winning pumpkin weighs in at more than 2,500 pounds

Kym Pokorny | May 26, 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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Growing vegetables in the Pacific Northwest coastal region

Asparagus, beets, carrots and summer squash are some of the vegetables you can grow along the coast. Learn what to watch out for in a region known for cooler temperatures.

Sally Reill | Jul 2017 | Article