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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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
- Prepare garden soil for spring planting. Incorporate generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide
- Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. When the soil is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, some warm season vegetables (beans, sweet corn) can be planted
- Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing
- Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground
- Prune and shape or thin spring-blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade
- Clean up hiding places for slugs, sowbugs, and millipedes. Least toxic management options for slugs include barriers and traps. Baits are also available for slug control; use caution around pets. Read and follow all label directions prior to using baits or any other chemical control
- Use floating row covers to keep insects such as beet leaf miners, cabbage maggot adult flies, and carrot rust flies away from susceptible crops
- Spray stone fruits, such as cherries, plums, peaches, and apricots for brown rot blossom blight, if necessary
Use the following link for more April gardening tips: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/april-garden-calendar