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Are there pollution standards for bagged soil?

Q: Bagged garden soils have no information about their source or safety. I recently bought bags (big box store) and am concerned about where the soil was actually mined. There were some weird things included in each of the ...

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Getting soil tested in The Dalles

Get your soil tested on Thursdays in The Dalles.

Jul 2018 | Article

Are ashes good for my soil?

Q: Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

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Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure,...

Apr 2018 | Collection

Soil quality test available for gardeners and farmers in the Willamette Valley

Gardeners and farmers can do their own soil analysis.

Jan 13, 2009 | News Story

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

Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the ...

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Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Chris Branam | Feb 25, 2019 | News Story

Grass Tetany: fast growing grass can mean problems.

Mature cattle grazing pasture with rapidly growing grass are sometimes found to be afflicted with a disease called grass tetany. It is characterized by an uncoordinated gait (grass staggers), convulsions, coma, and death. The ...

Shelby Filley | May 2015 | Article