Greetings to the friends of MCMGA. We miss you!! This is the time of year when we’re usually meeting at community plant clinics, at the MG office, and at classes and workshops…. not to mention at our plant sale in May. Since we’re not able to do any of those things, we thought you might enjoy having a one-stop information site. We know you visit our web page, but that’s not structured to accommodate blog-type posts. Some of you get your MG info from NextDoor. Others from Instagram. And some of you have asked to keep informed via email (we just finally got our list ready to roll out). And of course, we know many of you follow us on Facebook…. but not everyone is comfortable with social media (just like not all of us grow dahlias… or rutabagas).
So we thought about doing a blog. This way, everyone can “drop in” to a single site, and we can focus on finding a wide variety of interesting bits to share. If this is something you’d like to see, please just drop us an email and let us know. (If you have a special topic you’d like to hear about, please mention it.) We have a mailbox just for you: email@example.com. If there’s interest, we’ll bring the blog live tomorrow.
We hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your support… and stay well.
BTW, just to pique your interest, our first post would be from OSU’s Brooke Edmunds on gardening with nary a weed… and eating the crisp and yummy results.
March 16 – Status update
Following OSU guidance, the Marion County OSU Extension office is closed to the public for an indefinite period. Staff will primarily be working from home.
This means, of course, that the Master Gardener Office Plant Clinic is also closed. You can, however, send your questions (and pictures, if they would add clarification) to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be monitored daily, and we’ll do our best to get you an answer promptly.
We were also instructed to cancel all face-to-face events through May 10. If you had registered for one of those workshops, you should have received this notification. We don’t yet know the status of future activities. Any cancelled workshops will be rescheduled if possible once the situation returns to normal.
Meanwhile, thank you for your interest and for your patience during this unsettled time.
Marion County Master Gardeners
This Month’s Tips
- Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer
- Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Wait until the soil is consistently above 70 degrees to plant tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers, and eggplant
- If needed, fertilize rhododendrons and azaleas with acid-type fertilizer. If established and healthy, their nutrient needs should be minimal. Remove spent blossoms
- Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May
- Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation of herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective
- Monitor aphids on strawberries and ornamentals. If present, control options include washing off with water, hand removal, or using registered insecticides labeled for the problem plant. Read and follow all label directions prior to using insecticides. Promoting natural enemies (predators and parasitoids that eat or kill insects) is a longer-term solution for insect control in gardens
- Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots
Find more May gardening tips at: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/may-garden-calendar