Growing Potatoes

Growing Potatoes by Jane Sommers, OSU Marion County Master Gardener I first grew potatoes about 20 years ago by mistake. One day I pulled a big healthy weed out of my kitchen compost pile and – lo and behold – about 5 lbs. of potatoes were stuck to the bottom of it....

How to Grow Potatoes in a Feed Sack

How to Grow Potatoes in a Feed Sack by Jane Sommers, OSU Marion County Master Gardener Why would you want to grow potatoes in a feed sack, you ask? Maybe you don’t have a lot of space. Maybe you like gardening in containers. Maybe you have a bunch of feed sacks...

Landscaping with Natives

Landscaping with Natives Recap of MCMGA March Speaker Eileen Stark By Carol DeCoursey Marion County Master Gardeners turned out in force at the Salem Public Library on March 27 to hear renowned landscaper designer Eileen Stark’s talk about restoring the...

Growing with Little or No Water

Growing with Little or No Water – Recap of Speaker Amy Garrett By Carol DeCoursey How can we manage our farms and gardens with little or no water during the growing season? Amy Garrett, Assistant Professor of Practice with OSU’s Extension Service Small Farms...

Companion Plantings: Tomatoes and Roses by Laveryne Gray

This past winter I was reading my gardening books and searching the internet for ideas on growing vegetables near each other that may be beneficial to each other. I came across several references saying roses and tomatoes make good companions in the garden. This...

Fall Care for Roses by Laveryne Gray

It is now time to start preparing roses for winter. Deadheading: Around mid or late September is a good time to stop deadheading re-blooming roses. The purpose of deadheading roses is to encourage new growth so new flowers will develop. When you stop removing spent...