Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Directory of Recommended Links

Soil Tests, Plant Care and Problem Solving

Soils and Soil Testing Information

A Guide to Collecting Soil Samples for Farms and Gardens
From Oregon State University. This publication gives concise discussions on why, when, and where to collect your soil sample, and straightforward instructions for how to take the soil sample and choose a lab to perform the analysis.

A Home Gardener's Guide to Soils and Fertilizers
A long reference article on soil management topics such as fertility, fertilizer, organic matter, manures, compost and how to use soil tests. Published by Washington State University Extension.

Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Soil Testing
University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory (relatively inexpensive)

Analytical Laboratories and Consultants Serving Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest
A database of labs that test water and soil compiled by WSU Extension browsable by specialty.

Environmental Laboratories Accredited by Washington State Dept of Ecology
A list of accredited laboratories that test for toxins and chemicals in soil and water samples.

Information Resources for Soil for Gardeners
A list of the best books, articles and websites on soils, soil amendment, composting and mulching.

King Conservation District Soil Testing
The King Conservation District has a soil testing program for anyone living within the District boundaries. This includes all of incorporated and unincorporated King County, except for cities that are not members of the King Conservation District: Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

Resident self-testing protocol for testing soil
This protocol has been developed by King County to guide property owners and residents who would like to test their own soils for environmental toxins and heavy metals.

Soil Test Interpretation Guide
General guidelines for interpreting soil test results from Oregon State University (12 page pdf document)

WSU's Soils and Soil Testing
From Washington State University. Includes resources on soil testing and soil test interpretation as well as a set of 29 slides that show the major soil types of the Puget Sound area.

Washington State Cooperative Extension Websites

Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Other Mini-Creatures in Your Garden
Published by Washington State University Extension. This manual provides strategies to encourage beneficial insects, spiders, and mites to visit and stay in your garden landscape, and set up defense lines against the troublesome herbivores.

Drought General Information
List of WSU Cooperative Extension publications related to drought.

Gardening in Washington State
Facts tips, and information for gardening in Washington.

Integrated Pest Management Information
Integrated pest management fact sheets from WSU for the home and garden.

Lawn Care Information
Lawn care information from WSU Cooperative Extension.

WSU Extension Agent Homepage
Washington extension horticulturist and associate professor Linda Chalker-Scott shares her research and findings on topics ranging from frequently-reported horticultural myths to fact sheets; from landscape rehabilitation projects she has supervised to a list of publications she has authored.

WSU Extension County Offices
Find the personnel directory and Web site for each office.

WSU Extension Gardening in Eastern Washington
Facts, tips, and information for gardening in the Inland Northwest.

WSU Extension Hortsense
Answers to common gardening problems.

WSU Extension Programs
Agriculture and natural resources contacts and page links.

WSU Extension Publications
Search by topic or keyword; contains abstracts and full text versions of most extension bulletins.

WSU King County Extension Gardening
Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by WSU, to provide research-based information on home gardening and pest control. This page links to the clinic schedule and locations to all 35 clinics in King County. The clinics are free for non-professional gardeners.

WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory
A service for professional gardeners and arborists that diagnoses plant and insect samples for a fee.

WSU's Soils and Soil Testing
From Washington State University. Includes resources on soil testing and soil test interpretation as well as a set of 29 slides that show the major soil types of the Puget Sound area.

Organic Gardening

Climate-Friendly Gardener
This guide produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists describes ways that gardeners can make gardening choices to combat global warming. It discusses fertilizers, cover crops, food gardens, composting, lawn maintenance, and more.

Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest
This report published by Seattle's Public Utilities summarizes research and recommendations from both horticulture scientists and turf professionals.

Garden Organic (UK) aka Henry Doubleday Research Association
"Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food."

Information Resources for Organic Gardening
A list of the best books, articles and websites on organic gardening.

Information Resources on Sustainable Gardening
A list of resources (books and websites) for the seminar "Sustainable Gardening: the Green Approach" held by the Northwest Horticultural Society in 2007

King County Natural Yard Care
Information on five steps to natural yard care.

Natural Pesticides
By Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The article covers microbial pesticides, horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, alcohol, and botanical insecticides.

Nine Keys to Disease Prevention
By Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A common-sense approach to plant disease prevention

Seattle Public Utilities Natural Lawn & Garden Care
How to reduce waste, conserve water, save time and money, and protect our environment and your family’s health – all while growing a beautiful yard

Tilth Alliance
Seattle Tilth, Tilth Producers and Cascade Harvest Coalition merged to form Tilth Alliance, "a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable community, one garden at a time." Their mission is to build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system.

Washington Toxics Coalition
Information on toxicity and alternatives to pesticides

Plant Care

California Rare Fruit Growers
This society extends beyond California's borders to provide information on fruit culture whatever your climate zone. It also has excellent bibliographic information and links to other relevant fruit sites.

Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use
Samples tables include equivalents for liquid measure, dry measure and weight, metric system and fertilizer conversions, formulas for fertilizer calculations, and plant spacing guides.

Royal Horticultural Society Horticultural Advice
Help and advice problem solver, including links to advice on top pests and diseases.

USDA Hardiness Zone Map
The United States National Arboretum gives a short history and explanation of the USDA plant hardiness zone map. Click on their link to the Zone Map to actually see the map and learn your climate zone. The site also lists representative plants by zone as well as an alphabetical list of popular woody plants and their respective zones.

Problem Solving + Pest and Disease Management

California Statewide IPM Project IPM fact sheets

Forestry Images
Insect, disease, and other images

Information Resources for Organic Gardening
A list of the best books, articles and websites on organic gardening.

Information Resources for Pests and Diseases
A list of the best books, articles and websites on pests, diseases and their control.

Integrated Pest Management
From City of Seattle. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed to control weed, insect, or disease pests. IPM employs physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance. Chemical controls are used as a last resort, and least-toxic chemicals are preferred.

Missouri Botanical Garden IPM List of Pests by Plant Host

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service— pest management
A series of publications that offer a wide array of techniques and controls to effectively reduce or eliminate damage from insects, diseases and weeds without sacrificing the good of the soil, water, or beneficial organisms.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
The NCAP published the Journal of Pesticide Reform and works to educate the public about the dangers of pesticides. Go to their Publications section to download information on alternative solutions to pest problems, pesticide fact sheets, and special reports about issues of pesticide reform.

Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM
"This website has been established to provide educational materials and links for the identification and management of pests in commercial nursery production in the Pacific Northwest."

"Garden safety tips and advice from experts," including articles on power tool use and handling pesticides.

Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
A guide to fruits and vegetables based on pesticide contamination, from the Environmental Working Group (includes criteria used in rankings)

Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Hundreds of free publications from ATTRA - National Sustainable Information Service. Topics include: * What is Sustainable Agriculture? * Livestock * Horticultural Crops * Marketing, Business & Risk Management * Field Crops * Farm Energy * Soils & Compost * Education * Water Management * Pest Management * Organic Farming

UC Davis IPM Online Guide to Healthy Lawns
Identification key to weeds

Washington Toxics Coalition
Information on toxicity and alternatives to pesticides

WSU Extension Hortsense
Answers to common gardening problems.