Saturday, March 4, 2017

Community Garden Information

Corvallis Garden Share
City-wide Facebook group for sharing produce, knowledge, seeds, and starts.
Search for “Corvallis Garden Share” on Facebook
Seavy Community Network
In northeast Corvallis, in the vicinity of Seavy Ave. Potlucks, sharing and support (skills, tools, seeds, knowledge, and bartering).
Dana Allen • • 541-757-8658
Tunison Neighborhood
In southwest Corvallis, west of Hwy. 99. Seed, garden and food preservation tool and skill-sharing.
Rebecka Weinsteiger • 541-231-1907
West Corvallis
In and around the College Hill section of Corvallis. tool and information sharing.
Annette Mills • 541-230-1237
Potlucks, canning parties,

Calvin Presbyterian Church Community Garden
1736 NW Dixon St. • 541-757-8021
Dunawi Creek Community Garden
In Starker Arts Park, SW 45th Pl. at Country Club Dr. City-owned. Managed by Corvallis Environmental Center. Small fee and deposit. • 541-753-9211
Sunrise Corner Community Garden
1165 SE Alexander Ave. A small, privately-owned community garden. “Fee” is labor rather than money.
Christine Robins • 541-738-2610
Leonard Street Community Garden
Plots available for low-income residents in the Tunison Neighborhood.
Rebecka Weinsteiger • 541-752-7220 ext. 312
Linn-Benton Community College Community Garden
6500 Paci c Blvd. SW., Albany. Open to the public. $50 fee includes the plots being tilled each year.
Westside Community Garden
4000 SW Western Blvd. Under the direction of an experienced gardener. For low-income, primarily Latino, families to grow their own food. Small fee.
Sue Domingues • 541-231-3859 •
Willamette Community Garden
SE Goodnight Ave. and SE Heron View St., at entrance to Willamette Park. Opening spring 2016.
Corvallis Parks and Recreation • 541-766-6918
Located at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2650 NW Highland Dr. Produce donated to local food bank.
Lincoln School Garden
Located at Lincoln Elementary School, 110 SE Alexander Ave. Volunteers do a diversity of tasks (e.g. adult workdays, student activities, solo gardening tasks).
Monroe Sharing Gardens
648 Orchard St., Monroe, OR. The food is shared among those who have con- tributed in some way, as well as others who are in need in the community. All surplus is donated to local food charities.
Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns •
Mid-Willamette Family YMCA Community Youth Garden
3201 Paci c Blvd. SW, Albany. Community garden of about 5,000 square feet. Produce is distributed to needy participants as well as local food banks. • Kathleen Magnuson • 541-926-4488, ext. 106
OSU Organic Growers Club Garden
Just east of Corvallis, near Trysting Tree Golf Course on Hwy. 34. This two-acre, ten-year-old organic farm is run by student volunteers. Regular work parties are open to OSU students and the wider community.
James Cassidy • • 541-737-6810
Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OSU)
35th St. north of Western Blvd. Students from OSU’s Introduction to Organic Gardening course grow a seasonal garden, with produce donated to Plant a Row for the Hungry. Community volunteers are welcomed and may partici- pate in weekly training sessions and potlucks on Mondays.
Al Shay • • 541-737-2503
Philomath Community Garden
South of the Philomath Community Services building near Applegate and 9th St. Open to anyone in Philomath, but targeted for residents in
need. Shared garden area along with an orchard and berries. Surplus food will go to the local food bank.

Denise Guinn • 541-207-2982
Produce for the People Garden
4000 SW Western Blvd. This volunteer-based garden grows fresh nutritious

food for low-income individuals and agencies, while providing opportunities for gardeners of all ages to grow, learn, and contribute to their community. Most produce is donated.
Sue Domingues • • 541-231-3859
SAGE Garden
Starker Arts Park, SW 45th Pl. at Country Club Dr. City-owned. Managed by Corvallis Environmental Center. Everything harvested goes to food banks. SAGE thrives thanks to service groups and dedicated volunteers. • 541-753-9211
Spartan Garden
Located at Corvallis High School, at the intersection of 14th St. and Fillmore Ave. Volunteers do a diversity of tasks. 

This information Provided through the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and its Garden Resource Guide

3 New NPKs have gone up in South Corvallis

Welcome to the Neighborhood Planters Kiosk -
Andrew, Lisa, and Rebecka

We're so glad you've joined in the fun!

Andrew has one of the most friendly, sustainable, community building front yards.  We're proud to be a little part of it!  He has some fantastic landscape ideas, so check it out at Alexander and Stone.

Don't miss his son's 'Kissing Lizard', much beloved neighborhood landmark

We're excited to have another pairing with a little library at Lisa's!

And we're delighted to be at the Leonard Street Community Garden!

Thanks so much to everyone who's come together to get us started and keep us rolling on!
Ruby Moon - Founder
Larry Passmore, Karl Hartzell, Nancy Tovar, and Christina Clark - builders

Evening Garden Club, Sherwin Williams, Mick’s Glass, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Home Depot, Spaeth, Office Depot, Benton County Master Gardeners - Sponsers

Thursday, March 2, 2017

~What to do in the Garden in March~
    Plan your vegetable garden for spring, summer, and fall vegetables that can be eaten fresh or preserved.  Container gardening might be a great option if sunny ground space is limited.
    A soil thermometer can help you know when to plant vegetables. Some cool season crops (onions, kale, lettuce, and spinach) can be planted when the soil is consistently at or above 40F. You can also use this chart to estimate dates.  We are in 'Region 2'.   Planting Date Chart

Maintenance and Clean Up
       Compost grass clippings and yard waste.  Avoid pesticides (including weed and feed, weed killers, or insect killers).

  If pesticides have been used, do not compost contaminated plant material.
       Spread finished compost over garden and landscape areas.

  You can screen the compost for a finer appearance if desired.  See this link for tips
       Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.

       Fertilize caneberries using a complete organic fertilizer or composted manure.
       Prune fall-bearing raspberries (in late-February or early-March).

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Cone Flower)
    Divide hosta, daylilies, mums, and other summer or fall blooming perennials that need dividing.

 See this link for tips.
    Plant insectary plants (e.g. Alyssum, Phacelia, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, and dill) to attract beneficial insects to the garden. See Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Garden (PNW550).

    If soil is dry enough, prepare vegetable garden and plant early cool-season crops (carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, chives, rhubarb, peas, onion, and radishes). 
    Plant berry crops (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, and other berry-producing crop plants). See OSU Extension publications for berry varieties.

Pest Monitoring and Management

    Protect new plant growth from slugs. Least toxic management options include barriers and traps. Baits are also available for slug control; use with caution around pets. Read and follow all label 
    Learn to identify the predatory insects that can help keep aphids and other pests under control.

  See this article from Washington State University Extension.
    Prune densely growing mature ornamental shrubs and trees for air circulation, which helps reduce fungal disease.  See this article from Purdue University about pruning shrubs and trees. 

    Monitor landscape plants for damage or disease. Don't treat unless a problem is identified. Ask Master Gardeners if you're not sure about whether something is a problem or what to do about it. You can even email us a photo.
(541) 766-6750      4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, 97333

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What to do in the Garden in February

    Select and store healthy scion wood for grafting fruit and nut trees. Wrap in damp cloth or peat moss and place in plastic bag. Store in cool place.

    Plan an herb bed. Choose a sunny spot and plant seeds or transplants once the danger of frost has passed (late-April or early-May).

    Plan to add herbaceous perennial flowers to your flowering landscape this spring. Ex:  sweet alyssum, yarrow, penstemon, and coneflower.

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

    Cut and lightly incorporate cover crops or other organic matter into soil.

    Prune and train grapes; take cuttings.

  See this link for many helpful publications.
    Prune apple trees.  See this link for many helpful publications.
    Prune fruit trees.  See this link.
    Prune blueberries. Watch a video on blueberry pruning here.
    Prune deciduous summer-blooming shrubs and trees
    Prune and train trailing blackberries and black raspberries.

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

    Plant windowsill container gardens of carrots, lettuce, or parsley.

    Good time to plant fruit trees and deciduous shrubs. Replace varieties of ornamental plants that are susceptible to disease with resistant cultivars or natives.
    Plant asparagus if the ground is warm enough.

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

    Where soil is dry enough and workable, plant garden peas and sweet peas.

Pest Monitoring and Management
    Monitor landscape plants for problems. Don't treat unless a problem is identified.

    Use delayed-dormant sprays of lime sulfur for fruit and deciduous trees and shrubs.

    Elm leaf beetles and box-elder bugs are emerging from hibernation and may be seen indoors. They are not harmful, but can be a nuisance. Remove them with a vacuum or broom and dustpan.