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Is charcoal a good soil amendment?

Q: Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

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Heavy metals in urban soils: Best practices to stay safe

Q: Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

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Are ashes good for my soil?

Q: Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

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What is a good soil mix for blueberries?

Q: I will be planting blueberries in 18 inch tall 4x8 raised beds. I plan to use this as my basic soil: (pH 6-6.5) 30% Native Screened Sandy Loam 40% Garden Compost 5% Power Mulch 5% Mushroom Compost 20% Horticultural Pumice. How can I transform this basic soil to make it perfect for blueberries? I am thinking of taking the basic soil and combining it with equal parts...

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Salty solution? Is beach sand useful for my soil or landscaping?

Q: I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

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Seeds & Soils

Seeds & Soils is a two-part, in-class presentation for 4th grade students in Wasco County.

Wasco County Master Gardeners

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 existing and persistent harm of bacteria or worms that may now be in the soil. My house mate's dog did her duty in multiple beds throughout the ...

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Soil pH? Is it Important?

Your soil's pH is an important factor in the success of your garden. Is there a way to manage your soil's pH? Yes!

Curry County Master Gardeners

Resources

OSU Small Farms

Have a Gardening Question?

You can contact our Yamhill County Master Gardeners by phone or email.

Yamhill County Master Gardener Program