Neil’s big mulching adventure

For those of you who haven’t met him, Neil Bell is our Marion County Horticulture Agent (we share him with Polk County). Now that spring is upon us (especially this week!), now is a good time to consider mulch application to flower beds and shrub borders in the...

Email reminder

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Spring for a soil test

An article from Digger Magazine  by Mike Darcy – recommended by our Marion Co. Horticulturist, Neil Bell. Thanks, Neil. And OSU publications to help: How to collect a soil sample Laboratories that do soil testing How to understand the test...

Remembering the water crisis from last summer

Most of us probably remember that all too well. It made us realize how very important water is. With time on our hands, let’s check out some educational options for being better stewards of this precious resource. Ok… they’re for kids… which...

Continuing education – and free, too!

Even if you’re not a Master Gardener, we’ll never tell if you want to join one or more of these webinars: – Gardening with Native Plants and the OregonFlora Project; Presented by: Dr. Linda Hardison; April 21st at 10am PT; Pre-register here:...

Free is a very good price!

Looked at the weather forecast yet? It’s due to get warmer next week, possibly even our first day at 70. If you’ve been thinking about getting veggies started, you may want to check into OSU’s Vegetable Gardening online class. It’s self-paced,...

Are you up for a challenge?

Marion County is partnering with organizations across the Mid-Willamette Valley to provide our community with Earth-related activities, challenges, and resources that you can complete from the safety of your home. From creating a color wheel to making a hat for your...

Online gardening educational resources

From the gardening educators’ list: Captain Planet Foundation Learning from Home Resources (all ages )  Captain Planet Foundation has recommended resources related to outdoor exploration, STEm and food for learning at home. Filter by grade band, topic, and type...

Six legs? Eight legs? What is it anyway?

I admit it – critters with more than four legs have not always been my favorites. But in the last 12 years, I’ve come to not only appreciate their contributions, but to find them downright intriguing. (Thank you, bug ladies!!!) Now is a good opportunity to...

Don’t be jumping the gun!

A reminder from the OSU veggie gurus – Don’t plant too soon. Seeds make baby plants, and not all babies thrive when they’re cold. Next time you’re near a nursery or garden center, think about investing in a soil thermometer – one of your...