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Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter

This publication will help you understand the importance of soil organic matter levels to good plant performance. It also contains suggestions for suitable soil amendments. Any soil, no matter how compacted, can be improved by ...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Neil Bell | May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Add organic matter to improve garden soils

Adding organic matter is the best way to improve nearly all kinds of soils.

Feb 27, 2009 | News Story

Let soil temperature guide you when planting vegetables

It's time to plant cool-weather vegetables like greens and peas; wait for the soil to warm before planting tomatoes, squash and peppers.

Kym Pokorny | Apr 12, 2019 | News Story

General care for hydrangeas

Look to this hydrangea how-to for advice on soil, water, pruning and more. Learn a simple pH trick that will turn blooms from pink to blue.

Kristin VanHoose | Jun 2018 | Article

Do I need to "tuck in" my berries for the winter?

Q: How to winter over blueberries and black raspberries? Pruning etc. Once heard to bury the blueberries, is that true?

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Trapped heat is deadly to garden pests

The process of solarization kills weeds, diseases and insects

Kym Pokorny | Jun 23, 2016 | News Story

Pot up some bulbs and dream of spring

Spring-blooming bulbs do great in containers

Heather Stoven | Oct 14, 2017 | News Story

Restore those old fruit trees

You have been looking at that large, old, unkempt fruit tree in your yard for some time, wondering what to do with it. Should you save the tree, or remove it and start over? Let's look at what's involved in restoring a neglected fruit tree to health.

Steve Renquist | Jun 2014 | Article

Creating wildlife habitat in your landscape

Want to be a good neighbor to local wildlife? Check out these tips from a conservation specialist to take your "naturescaping" game to the next level!

Rose Clarke, Jon Wagner | May 2019 | Article

What does that mean? Experts take on gardening jargon

Learn terms to help you be a better gardener

Kym Pokorny | Sep 29, 2017 | News Story