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Tired of bolting spinach? Plant while soil is cool.

Plant spinach when soil is cool, then other heat-tolerant greens in the summer.

Apr 4, 2008 | News Story

Wait for soil to warm up to plant cukes

Wait until your soil warms up about 70 degrees to plant cucumbers.

Jun 6, 2008 | News Story

Coax tomatoes and peppers to maturity

Use plastic sheeting to warm the soil.

May 18, 2012 | News Story

OSU expert recommends waiting to plant vegetable garden

A few days of sunny weather isn't enough to warm the soil

Kym Pokorny | Feb 13, 2015 | News Story

Gardening Publications and Resources

A list of some of our most popular and useful publications.

Jul 2018 | Collection

Herbs and Vegetables in Oil - SP50-701

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing vegetables (such as garlic, mushrooms, chili peppers) or herbs in oil. These low-acid foods can be a source of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which are found in soil, ...

Feb 2015 | Publication

Can you help with less grass and more veggies?

Q: I live in DT Corvallis. Want to convert about 1,400 SF lawn into garden. Currently digging up soil to get rid of as many weeds and grass roots as feasible. Soils turns rock hard in summer. Should I mix in compost? If...

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What should I be doing now for weed control?

Q: The straw mulch I used at the end of summer to suppress the weeds doesn't seem to be working. Should I till it and cover with plastic? black or clear? Is there something better. Or should I add more straw. I could probably bring some cardboard home from work. Is this a healthy option?

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Tips for first-time gardeners

Tips help first-time gardeners get started.

Mar 5, 2010 | News Story