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Customized Growing Degree Day Calculations and Forecasting

This document provides step by step instructions for calculating growing degree day status and viewing growing degree day forecasts available from the uspest.org website. The uspest.org website allows users to select a weather station near them and then set their own degree units, lower and upper thresholds for growing degree calculations. Most pre-calculated growing degree reports use a default of 50F as their lower threshold. Unfortunately, this is not accurate for many of the crops we grow in Oregon. Thus, the ability to custom calculate and generate forecasts for growing degree days is ideal. Check out uspest.org, follow these instructions and get ahead on your planning!

Betsy Verhoeven | Dec 2019 | Fact Sheet

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

Soluble salts damaging to houseplants

Check winter houseplants for brown leaf tips, wilting, dropping of lower leaves and little or no new growth - all signs that your plant may be in trouble.

Feb 19, 2003 | News Story

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

Head off houseplant pests with vigilance and cleanliness

Be sure to ID insects first before choosing a method for control

Kym Pokorny | Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals

Winter is a good time to check for insects on your houseplants

Kym Pokorny | Nov 20, 2015 | News Story

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

Give charming winter-blooming plants as holiday gifts

A few tips will assure plants live into the new year

Kym Pokorny | Nov 29, 2017 | News Story

Pacific Northwest native plants for the woodland garden

Many people think of shade or woodland gardens when they think of growing native plants. In fact, many woodland plants do very well in garden settings. But careful selection and care is essential to making your woodland garden flourish.

Linda R. McMahan | Jun 2010 | Article