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Our garden is open to the public.    

Upcoming Workshops



    Find us on 1490 KBZY each week at 8:45-9:00 on Thursday mornings.    

 This Month’s Tips

Happy New Year!  It’s time to start planning…

  • Plan to replace varieties of ornamental plants that are susceptible to disease with resistant cultivars in February.
  • Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous ornamental shrubs and trees for propagation.
  • Have your soil tested in your garden plot to determine its nutrient needs. Contact your local Extension office for a list of laboratories or view EM 8677 online.
  • Begin planning this year’s vegetable garden. Check with local retail garden or nursery stores for seeds and seed catalogs.

Continue Monitoring for and Managing Pests and Diseases…

  • Scout cherry trees for signs and symptoms of bacterial canker. Remove infected branches with a clean pruner or saw. Sterilize tools before each new cut. Burn or send to landfill before bloom. See Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards (PDF – EC 631).
  • Watch for field mice damage on lower trunks of trees and shrubs. Eliminate hiding places by removing weeds. Use traps and approved baits as necessary.
  • Use dormant sprays of lime sulfur or copper fungicide on roses for general disease control, or plan to replace susceptible varieties with resistant cultivars in February.
  • Mid-January: Spray peach trees with approved fungicides to combat peach leaf curl and shothole. Or plant curl-resistant cultivars such as Frost, Q1-8 or Creswell.
  • Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don’t treat unless a problem is identified.

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.