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The secret life of soil

A jungle of minute creatures are found in healthy soil.

Peg Herring | Jan 8, 2010 | News Story

Living on The Land: Soil Health Principles

This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on to ensure you have healthy, productive soil. Topics include cover crops and role that bacteria, fungi, nematodes and worms play in the formation and overall health of your soil. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to the Living on the Land podcast...

Brian Tuck | Oct 2015 | OSU Extension Catalog

Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil

Clay is not as bad as you might think, as long as it has organic material

Kym Pokorny | Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

Set seeds on the right path with homemade soil mixture

Plant for spring vegetable garden by making seed-starting medium

Kym Pokorny | Jan 22, 2016 | News Story

Soil tests unveil the mysteries beneath the surface

Getting a professional analysis measures nutrients and offers recommendations

Kym Pokorny | Jan 15, 2016 | News Story

A Guide to Collecting Soil Samples for Farms and Gardens

Laboratory soil tests help you develop your soil and increase crop production by providing information on available nutrient content. Soil testing helps you select the correct kind and amount of fertilizer and liming material. Learn why, when, and where to collect your soil sample, and get straightforward instructions for how to take the soil sample and choose a lab to perform the analysis.

Melissa Fery, Jeff Choate | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Acidifying Soil in Landscapes and Gardens East of the Cascades

Explains the importance of soil pH to plant growth, shows symptoms of plants growing in soil with high pH, and discusses how to modify soil to help maples, rhododendrons, blueberries, fruit trees, and other acid-loving plants thrive in your garden and landscape.

Sep 2006 | OSU Extension Catalog

How to make your own potting soil

Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.

Feb 17, 2012 | News Story

Soil texture determines how much and how often to water

It's a myth that lawns and gardens in sandy soil need more water than other soils

Jun 15, 2012 | News Story

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