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Drip irrigation in onion field. (c) Ramagri CC ASA 4.0 International
Irrigation Tips for Hot Summer Days
Heath Keirstead | September 9, 2021

According to the City of Corvallis, single family residential customers use 46% more water in the summer than in the winter. These water conservation tips can keep lawns and gardens healthy while reducing costs and unnecessary losses.

Raingardens for Stormwater Management
David Sandrock | April 28, 2021

Raingardens offer an effective landscape solution to managing stormwater on-site.

Choose the right plants for your site
Benton SWCD | January 10, 2019

Whether you have sun or shade, clay or sandy soil, you want to choose the right plants for your site.

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Owen Dell | April 24, 2018

This is probably the most revered book on urban planning ever written, and is considered in fact one of the best books of any kind of the last hundred years.

Meadowscaping – Benefits Above and Below the Surface
Miranda Huerta | April 10, 2017

Consider the benefits of urban meadowscaping as opposed to the environmental costs of standard lawn maintenance.

Rain Garden I
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Beth Young’s Rain Garden Design

Shade Garden Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Beth Young’s Shade Garden Design

Native and Edible: A Backyard Design
Heath Keirstead | November 30, 2015

Native edibles are low-care (if planted in the right place) because they are uniquely adapted to our soil, weather and seasons. While they are providing berries for our jam, they are also feeding and housing our birds, bees, bugs and other native critters that badly need our help.

Wildlife Garden Design
Jenny Brausch | November 30, 2015

The key ingredients to a healthy wildlife environment are shelter, food and water. This design incorporates all three of these important features.

bookshelf garden © A. Pennino
Gardening on a Budget: Raised Garden Beds
Amanda Pennino | May 23, 2015

Amanda shares some crafty ideas for raised bed gardening.

stormwater research facility
Green Stormwater Treatment Research in Benton County
Grant Livingston | October 21, 2014

Researchers test three stormwater treatment technologies.

WiseWords Community Garden by Bart Everson, wikimedia commons
Rising Up: It’s Time to Think About Raised Bed Gardening
Crystal Durbecq | March 31, 2014

If you are thinking about getting your garden growing, raised beds might be a good choice to consider.

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