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Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

Mowing. Fertilization. Irrigation: What you need to know about lawn care (KVAL)

Mowing. Fertilization. Irrigation: What you need to know about lawn care (KVAL)
“When we compare the Willamette Valley of Oregon to other areas of the country, probably the biggest difference is the dominate grass in home lawn is perennial ryegrass,” says Alec Kowalewski, assistant professor and turf specialist with Oregon State University. Kowalewski conducts research with OSU’s Extension Service with the goal of creating best-practice methods to take care of turf and treat it for common fungi and weeds.

Organic gardening (KATU)

Organic gardening (KATU)
You’ve decided to go organic in the garden, but the products staring back from the nursery shelves seem as daunting as the bugs and diseases they’re meant to control. What’s a gardener to do? Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, stopped by with everything you need to know!

Effective bug control in organic gardens: Read the label (Oregonian)

Effective bug control in organic gardens: Read the label (Oregonian)
First, take some advice from Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. Stop, take a breath and evaluate your garden. How bad is it? Have you really looked carefully?

Stay healthy, by land or by water (Dispatch Argus)

Stay healthy, by land or by water (Dispatch Argus)
“Gardening can easily be considered a moderate activity,” says Bradley J. Cardinal, Ph.D., professor of exercise and sport science, Oregon State University, Corvallis.  “With gardening, you’re working your legs, your upper back, your arms, bending and getting up,” Cardinal says

Kids blossom and learn in gardens (Oregonian)

Kids blossom and learn in gardens (Oregonian)
“One of the keys to getting kids interested in gardening is to get them engaged,” said Joy Jones, Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener coordinator in Tillamook County. “Let them explore what catches their attention, especially small children.”