Greetings! Thank you for visiting the Marion County Master Gardener Association website. The MCMGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping home gardeners in Marion County learn about the science, art, and joy of gardening by providing a variety of education and outreach programs. You can find Master Gardener volunteers at the Extension Office Plant Clinic, educational workshops, local Farmers’ markets, and other Master Gardener events.
The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm and volunteers are available to answer your questions. Our office is in the Marion County Extension Office at 1320 Capitol St NE, Suite 100, Salem OR 97301. You can also email questions along with your pictures to: email@example.com.
This Month’s Tips
- If you want a green lawn, water frequently during periods of heat and drought stress. Irrigate a quarter inch of water 4-6 times per week from June through August. Measure your water use by placing a shallow, empty can where your irrigation water lands.
- To reduce evaporation, water vegetable and flower gardens in the early morning. Water the soil rather than the leaves to reduce disease. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth
- Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. Stake tomatoes and other taller vegetables as necessary
- Beets, bush beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and peas planted in midsummer provide fall and winter crops
- Watch for cutworm damage in the garden. In July, climbing cutworms become a problem and large portions of foliage will begin to disappear on established plants. Use barriers, remove by hand, use beneficial nematodes when soil temperature is above 55 degrees F, or spray with Bt-k according to label directions
- Spider mites can become a problem on ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruit plants during hot, dry weather. Watch for dusty-looking foliage, loss of color and the presence of tiny mites. Wash infested areas with water or spray with appropriate pesticides
Use the following link for more July gardening tips: https://extension.oregonstate.