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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

Poor soil? Build up with raised beds

Framed or mounded, raised beds give plant roots the space they need

Kym Pokorny | Nov 8, 2016 | News Story

Forages - hay and pasture collection

This collection has information on soil testing and ferilizing, renovation. forage management , hay, irrigation, feeding values, forage types, forage anti-quality factors, leasing pastures and more.

Shelby Filley | Aug 2019 | Collection

Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening in raised beds has been a common practice for centuries. "Raised" means the soil level in the bed is higher than its surrounding, and "bed" implies it is small enough to work from the walkways.

May 2018 | Fact Sheet

When should we stop grazing our pasture?

Q: We have had a horse grazing on our approx. 6 acre field which is normally cut for mixed grass hay. The horse has been on the field since we had it cut and baled into hay this past summer. In general, when is the ...

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Raised bed lumber, pressure treated safe?

Q: I am considering using some 2x6 inch material for a small raised bed for strawberries. My first thought was to consider pressure treated lumber, but I have read conflicting articles on the the safety of this product, with ...

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Perennials: How to Dig and Divide!

Perennials are one of the many treasures in the garden but after time they may have outgrown their spot or just aren’t as vigorous as when they were first planted. These plants actually perform best when they are younger...

Crystal Cady | Sep 2010 | Article

Nothing beats bug patrol for organic gardeners

Look for OMRI logo when buying organic products

Kym Pokorny | Apr 29, 2016 | News Story

Drought-Tolerant Plants for Shade

Water-wise gardening conserves water and helps protect the environment. A xeriscape is a “dry scene” that uses very little water, but a water-wise garden includes any style that is designed to conserve water.

May 2018 | Article