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
- Service lawn mower
- Place a portable cold frame over rows of winter vegetables
- Place mulch around berries for winter protection
- To protect built-in sprinkler systems, drain the system and insulate the valve mechanisms
- Protect tender evergreens from drying wind
- Leave ornamental grasses up in winter to provide texture in the landscape. Cut them back a few inches above the ground in early spring
- Watch for wet soil and drainage problems in yard during heavy rains. Tilling, ditching and French drains are possible solutions. Consider rain gardens and bioswales as a long-term solution
- Still time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. Don’t delay
- Bait garden for slugs during rainy periods. Use traps or phosphate baits, which are pet-safe
Use this link for more November gardening tips: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/flowers-shrubs-trees/november-garden-calendar#:~:text=Place%20a%20portable%20cold%20frame,free%20of%20diseases%20and%20insects.