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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:  mcmgacabinfever@gmail.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 webmastermcmga@gmail.com. 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

  • The optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September
  • Make compost out of lawn clippings and garden plants that are ready to be recycled. Don’t use clippings if the lawn has been treated with herbicide, including “weed-and-feed” products. Don’t compost diseased plants unless you are using the “hot compost” method (120degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Use mulch to protect ornamentals and garden plants from hot weather damage. If needed, provide temporary shade, especially for recent plantings
  • Monitor garden irrigation closely so crops and ornamentals don’t dry out
  • Prune raspberries, boysenberries and other cane berries after harvest. Check raspberries for holes made by crown borers, near the soil line, at the base of the plant. Remove infested wood before adults emerge (approximately mid-August)
  • Plant winter cover crops in vacant space in the vegetable garden
  • Mid-summer planting of peas; use enation-virus-resistant varieties. Plant fall crops of cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • Check for ro weevils in ornamental shrubs and flowers; codling mother and spider mite in apple trees; scale insects in camellias, holly, and maples. Treat as necessary
  • For mite control on ornamentals and most vegetables, hose off foliage, spray with approved miticide if necessary

For more August gardening tips, please use the following link: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/august-garden-calendar

Program Highlights

Let's Garden

Marion County Master Gardeners™ are trained certified volunteers who promote the joy and science of home gardening in our community. We answer questions, teach workshops, provide speakers, maintain a demonstration garden, and connect home gardeners to the information they need. The Master Gardener program is sponsored by OSU Extension.