Sunday, March 10, 2019

March Means Spring is Coming!

Whether you are thinking of planting peas and potatoes around St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) or are ready to celebrate the Sun coming back to the Northern Hemisphere on the Spring Equinox(March 20th) in the garden, we are approaching the time to plant hardy vegetables in your garden. Hardy plants can handle temperatures that dip down to 25° and include spinach, peas, corn salad or maché, fava beans, and some lettuces.

But before you put in those seeds or transplants, be sure to prepare your soil and there’s the rub this year. Your soil has received a lot of moisture in February and so far in March, so be careful to wait to turn in your cover crops and/or other organic matter. The word this year seems to be patience.

First, make sure your soil is dry enough to work. Second, after you have turned in the organic matter, let the soil rest for a couple of weeks before planting. You will be better off not rushing the season.

Info in the Guide
Learning Opportunities 
Equipment & Supplies 
Bulk Soil and Compost 
Seeds and Plant Starts 
Specialty Plants 
Neighborhood Gardening Groups 
Community Gardens w/Individual Plots 
Community Gardens worked cooperatively 
Backyard Poultry Beekeeping

Pick up your copy today at 
Garden Spaces Sustainable Landscapes
Town & Country Realty
Garland Nursery and
Susan’s Garden and Coffee Shop.

Food Action Team – Edible Garden Group

Monday, March 4, 2019

What to do in the Garden in March

Planning and Planting
-       Plan your vegetable garden. 
-       Once soil is dry enough, plant cool season annual crops:  carrots, beets, broccoli, kale, leeks, parsley, peas, onion, lettuce, & radishes.
-       Plant insectary plants such as Alyssum, Phacelia, coriander, candytuft, yarrow, and dill.  Click this link for more ideas.
-       Plant perennial crops- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, rhubarb, and chives.
Lettuce and kale seedlings, 2 weeks old

-       Divide hostas, daylilies, mums, anemones, asters, yarrow, garden phlox, and other summer flowering herbaceous perennials. Most could also be done in fall.

Pest Monitoring
-  Watch trees for  leaf rollers.  Click this link for advice.

Leaf roller, photo courtesy of WSU

-  Watch for slug damage and bait with iron phosphate or use a trap baited with bread dough or cucumber.
-  Prune shrubs to allow air circulation, preventing fungal disease.

-  Spread compost
-  Prune spring flowering shrubs after bloom to allow air circulation, preventing fungal disease.
-  Add grass clippings (no herbicides!), yard waste, and kitchen scraps to compost bin

Monday, February 11, 2019

Garden Guides now Available! Plus seed starting ideas.

Get your new Garden Resource Guide

The latest edition of the guide is available at the 12 noon Tuesday Gearing up for Gardening         Master Gardener events at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on February 12, 19, and 26; 
at Garden Spaces Sustainable Landscapes; Town & Country Realty; Garland Nursey; and Susan’s Garden and Coffee Shop. Stop in and get one today.  
Make a Fresh Start

A favorite pastime when the snowflakes flew in the Midwest was looking through seed catalogs and planning a beautiful spring garden. 

With the possibility of snow forecast for this week in Corvallis, perhaps it is time to not only dream of spring, but also to start some seeds, an economical way to get a jump on the season.

Gather your seeds and, using some recycled materials you may have on hand, start your early greens in a sterile seed-starting soil mix.  Put a heating mat under the tray of containers and some kind of light over the tray to give your plants a good warm start in life. 

Check this pdf for planting dates.  We're in Region 2 on the chart.

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
Food Action Team  Image result for apple Edible Garden Group

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What to do in the Garden in February

Planning and Maintenance
  Make a cold frame or hotbed to start early vegetables or flowers.

  Prune and train grapes; take cuttings.

  Prune fruit trees and blueberries.
  Prune and train trailing blackberries and black raspberries.

  Prune fall-bearing raspberries (in late-February or early-March).

Planting and Propagation
  Plant asparagus if the ground is warm enough.

  Plant seed flats of brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), indoors or in a greenhouse.

  Where soil is dry enough and workable, plant garden peas and sweet peas.
Early in the month you can still collect scion wood from fruit trees.  Grafting is done in March.


  Box-elder bugs are emerging from hibernation. They are not harmful and can be removed with a broom and dustpan or vacuum.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Gearing up for Gardening Lecture series (January and February)

There is a close up of the dates below this poster.

What to do in the Garden in January

·      Begin planning your vegetable garden!  Check local nurseries and online seed catalogs for ideas.

·      Plan to replace plants that are susceptible to disease with resistant cultivars.  See this link for ideas.
·      Get landscape inspiration by exploring one of our natural areas and marveling at God’s beautiful green earth.

Maintenance/Clean up-
·      Add mulch where it’s gotten thin.
·      Sharpen and disinfect (with rubbing alcohol) pruners and other tools.
·      Water plants under eaves or other sites that don’t receive rain.
·      Check on dahlia tubers and other stored plant material.

·      Bring a bouquet of forsythia, quince, cherry, or plum inside to warm up and bloom early.

·      Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous trees and shrubs.  Offer to trade with neighbors. See this link for propagation techniques.

These fig cuttings rooted in plain water and even tried to fruit!  Remove fruit so plants focus on root formation.
Pest management -
·      Scout cherry trees for signs of bacterial canker.  Remove infected branches and sterilize tools after each cut.  See blog.

·      Moss in lawns is usually not a negative – it never requires mowing or fertilizer.  In higher traffic areas, consider wood chip mulched paths since it does not handle disturbance as well as grass.