Friday, August 4, 2017

Edible Garden Tours and Keeping Your Vegetables Cool



Free tours are offered annually by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Food Action Team in collaboration with Bountiful Backyard.

The tours feature stops at residential and community gardens where the gardeners exhibit their work.  Questions are encouraged. 





Walking Tour #1
Tuesday, August 8, 6-8 pm,
starting at the corner of SE Stone St.
and Alexander Ave. in Corvallis.

Walking Tour #2
Tuesday, August 15 6-8 pm
starting at 1420 SW Jefferson Way in Corvallis
(behind Oregon State University’s
Callahan Hall).

Cycling Tour*
Saturday, August 12, 9 am-12 noon
starting at the corner of Vincent St. and Robb Place in Philomath
*Helmets are required for children under 16 years of age (and advised for everyone else).

See you there!

I have planted vines and orchard trees;
And in the heat of the day,
Climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
                                                            -- Wendell Berry    

How to Keep your
Vegetables Cool on Very Hot Days
 
The temperatures this week are very high, even for your sun-loving vegetables like
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn, melons and squash that like weather in the 80s and 90s – not the 100s.  For your cooler weather vegetables the weather will be brutal.  How do you sustain your garden?
 

·      Water as often as your plants need it (put your finger down in the soil until you feel dampness to determine need).
·      Water early in the morning unless young plants need an extra watering at night.
·      Mulch, mulch, mulch with straw, pine needles, leaves and grass clippings. Lay it on thick; your plants will love you for it.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ECLIPSE MANIA IN THE GARDEN




Plant some sun-worshippers--look for nursery sales and good deals on plants starting with Heli – Latin for SUN.
Examples include Helianthemum nummularium (Sunrose, Cistus) – an evergreen shrub and Helichrysum--The annual Strawflower is one kind, but there are also shrubby perennial forms.  An old-fashioned garden favorite is the Heliotropium (Cherry Pie Plant) – a highly scented purple flowering plant. Despite the name, this one may need partial shade.
It’s not too late to plant certain varieties of sunflower – Helianthus Annus!  Some will mature in 80 days.   Plant seed 2” deep in well-drained soil and keep moist until germination.

Vanessa cardui on Heliotropium Arborescens


Of course without the MOON, there would be no eclipse!   Bethany Schiminsky of Thyme Garden Herb Company (www.thymegarden.com) shared her ideas for creating a MOON GARDEN with the Evening Garden Club of Corvallis at our March meeting.  Key elements include white and silvery plants, night scented plants, water and/ or a mirror for reflections, both high and low plantings and lighting well below eye level.  Some of her favorite silvery plants are Dusty Miller, Cape Blanco Sedum and Wooly Thyme.  She uses Alyssum, Daturas and Brugmansia for scent and Globe Thistle and enormous Cardoons for height.  (Thyme Garden has a wonderful moon garden to visit at their nursery -- 20546 Alsea Highway.)


Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Edible Garden Tours


Sharing at one of the 2015 Corvallis Tours

Walking Tour #1
Tuesday, August 8, 6:008:00 PM SE Stone Street & Alexander Avenue Corvallis, OR 97333
Walking Tour #2
Tuesday, August 15, 6:008:00 PM
1420 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
(Behind Oregon State University’s Callahan Hall)
Cycling Tour *
Saturday, August 12, 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Vincent Street & Robb Place
Philomath, OR 97370
* Helmets are required for children under 16 years of age (advised for everyone else)
See you there!

I have planted vines and orchard trees; and in the heat of the day, climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.
Wendell Berry
Free Edible Garden Tours are offered annually by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Food Action Team in collaboration with Bountiful Backyard.
The tours feature stops at residential and community gardens, where the gardeners exhibit their work. Discussions are welcome. See you in August!