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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

Lime requirement buffer pH update 2019

This fact sheet describes recent discrepancies between SMP and Sikora buffer pH lime requirement tests for western Oregon soils and provides recommendations for what to do. Many soil testing labs in the U.S. are switching from ...

Nicole Anderson | Sep 2019 | Article

Get your garlic on: A primer on planting, growing and harvesting

Now's the time to get garlic in the ground

Kym Pokorny | Aug 28, 2015 | News Story

Keeping vampires out of my blueberry patch, garlic flavored blueberries?

Q: I am getting prepared to plant my garlic in Oct/Nov. I have lots of space around my blueberry plants. Would they do OK together? Someone told me my blueberries may taste like garlic!! Is that possible?

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Should my garlic be growing?

Q: We planted our garlic for the first time last month. Should it already be growing?

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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

Choose the best garlic for your garden

Garlic is growing throughout the Northwest.

Peg Herring | Feb 19, 2003 | News Story

OSU scientists develop improved way to assess cancer risk of pollutants

Better way to gauge cancer risk from pollutants

Gail Wells | May 8, 2015 | News Story