About the OSU Extension Service: The Oregon State University Extension Service shares research-based knowledge with people and communities in Oregon’s 36 counties. OSU Extension addresses issues that matter to urban and rural Oregonians. OSU Extension’s partnerships and programs contribute to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for Oregon.

Sweep wood ash from the fireplace to the garden

As you clean the fireplace, do your plants a favor and sprinkle the ashes in the garden instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Start now to get color from last year’s poinsettias in time for the holidays

To make a poinsettia bloom in early winter, indoor gardeners simply need to adjust the amount of light and darkness to "fool" the plant.

Sage grouse studies find mixed results from hunting restrictions in West

Conservation of the birds prompted research led by the Oregon State University Extension Service to determine whether hunting affects the birds’ population.

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

The key to saving seed is selecting open-pollinated or heirloom plants, which produce offspring with the same traits.

Give plants a head start by planting in fall

As more people push to plant in autumn, garden stores are stocking more at the end of summer.

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

Texture determines all kinds of things like drainage, aeration, the amount of water the soil can hold, erosion potential and even the amount of nutrients that can be stored.

10 trees for fiery fall color

When choosing a tree, first do some research. Walk around neighborhoods, parks and public gardens to get ideas.

Slugs and snails, destructors of crops and gardens, could be controlled by bread dough

Bread dough is a nontoxic, generic and effective tool that could be used in the detection and management of gastropods worldwide.

Now’s the time to plan for cover crops

Cover crops can add organic matter and aerate the soil, protect it from compaction caused by rain, suppress weeds and reduce erosion,

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