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Stick a thermometer in the soil before planting vegetables

Using a thermometer to monitor the soil takes the guess work out of when to plant vegetables.

Kym Pokorny | Mar 30, 2018 | News Story

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers

This publication discusses the many types of fertilizers and soil amendments available for organic plant production. Fertilizer formulations, nutrient availability, and application practices for common organic products are also explained. ...

Jul 2013 | OSU Extension Catalog

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

Hydroponics: Speed fresh vegetables to the table by growing in water

You don't need soil to grow a productive garden

Kym Pokorny | Mar 10, 2017 | News Story

Planning now brings a good tomato season next year

If you had problems with blossom-end rot this year, try amending the soil with lime and changing your watering habits.

Kym Pokorny | Sep 7, 2018 | News Story

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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Checklist for putting your garden to bed for winter

The glistening cold of the Willamette Valley's first frost has ushered in the right time to clean up the garden.

Nov 8, 2013 | News Story