Thursday, November 18, 2021

Flowering Trees for Your Yard

-As we come into the Winter planting season now is a great time to think about the benefits of planting a flowering tree to your yard to add color and wildlife.
-While planting any tree in your yard has numerous benefits Including: Carbon Capture, Storm Water Management, Increased Shade/ Reduced Energy Cost and Increased Property Values; Planting a flowering tree also provides food and shelter to pollinators, mostly bees and other beneficial insects but also occasionally birds and even bats. Consider the early flowering native Pacific Dogwood.
-Planting different flowering trees in your yard can provide these benefits and beauty from early spring with trees like Big Leaf Maples, Witch Hazel, Pacific Dogwood, and Oregon Cherries, into late Summer and Fall with American Linden, Southern Magnolia and Crepe Myrtles to highlight a few. The Crepe Myrtle below is late flowering.
Many more resources on protecting pollinators are available including a recent OSU Extension article Posting provided by: Corvallis Civic Beautification and Urban Forestry (CBUF)

Monday, November 8, 2021

DIY Compost

What can you compost? ▪ Brown material (carbon): fallen leaves, wood chips, shredded cardboard or paper, straw, or any other plant material that has turned brown and dried ▪ Green material (nitrogen): grass clippings, tea and coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit waste, aged manures The carbon-to-nitrogen ratio is important for keeping your compost active and stink-free. If your compost starts smelling or getting sludgy, add more “browns”. In general, you want to add brown material at a greater rate than green material.
How to contain your compost: ▪ Make a DIY bin using old pallets or scrap lumber. ▪ Create a cylindrical pile with chicken wire. ▪ Use old storage bins for composting on a smaller scale, don’t have yard space. ▪ Compost tumblers (check local facebook groups or craigslist before buying new!) ▪ If you have the space, keep a freestanding pile
Managing your compost: ▪ Turn your pile about once a week if it’s in an enclosed bin (or roll your tumbler) ▪ You want to keep your pile moist, but not wet. During the dryer months, you may need to mist your pile occasionally. During the fall, consider covering your pile with a layer of dead leaves.
What NOT to compost Animal products (egg shells are ok) Pet or human waste Invasive or diseased plants Pressure treated wood Glossy cardboard
More composting resources: OSU Extension pages: “Compost in the backyard” “Choosing a composting system” “Composting with worms” Reddit: r/composting, r/vermiculture Do you have a vegetable garden you want to show off? If you want your garden featured in the Food Action Team’s Edible Garden tours, You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.c om/r/7FTPKW9 Food Action Team -- Edible Garden Group

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Your Harvest is in! Now What?

You have enjoyed vegetables and fruits from your garden all summer long. Perhaps you have canned, frozen and/or dehydrated some of your harvest as well. Is it time to sit back and enjoy? Yes, but not entirely! Here’s some garden tasks to take care of in November.
 Mulch around berries for winter protection  Cover rhubarb & asparagus beds with composted manure and straw  Cover garden beds with a 3-4 inch layer of disease-free leaves, or plant a cover crop  Rake and destroy diseased fruit tree leaves and mummified fruit  Plant garlic for harvest next summer  Place a portable cold frame over rows of late or winter vegetables  Drain irrigation systems
Source: Monthly Garden Calendars | OSU Extension Service ( Benton County Master Gardeners Membership Meetings: 3rd Monday October to May, 7:00 pm – currently on Zoom

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2021 Fall Bulb-a-Palooza

Supporting community gardening grants and horticulture scholarships Many, many exciting and beautiful varieties to choose from!
Go to They will begin taking orders as soon as the bulbs arrive, sometime in the next few days. Note: Payment by cash or check will be accepted at time of pick up. Supplies are limited.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Fall is the Best Time of Year for Planting Trees, Shrubs, and Many Other Perennial Plants

Now is a great time to plant natives in your garden!!
Oregon Sunshine - Eriophyllum lanatum.
Native plants will provide beauty for your garden as well as food for native insects and birds. Planting trees and shrubs when they are dormant reduces stress and allows roots to become established. Plan to plant at least 6 weeks prior to the expected first frost.
Red-flowering Currant - Ribes sanguineum.
Many native seeds require periods of cool moist temperature for weeks to months before germinating. The easiest way to provide this is to plant seeds in the fall and allow nature to provide the needed conditions. Seeds will germinate when the conditions of dormancy are met and temperatures warm in the spring. Seed vendors can tell you the conditions required for germinating the seeds you choose.
Bleeding Heart - Dicentra formosa.
Check with local nurseries to select plants and seeds appropriate for the conditions in your garden. Civic Beautification and Urban Forestry CBUF

Monday, October 4, 2021

What to do in the Garden in October

Maintenance and Clean Up

Harvest sunflower heads; use seed for birdseed or roast for personal use.

Harvest and immediately dry filberts and walnuts at 95 degrees 


Place mulch over roots of marginally hardy plants for winter protection. 


Clean, sharpen, and oil tools and equipment before storing for winter.

Prune out dead fruiting canes in raspberries.




Dig and divide rhubarb. (about every 4 years.)

Propagate chrysanthemums, fuchsias, and geraniums by stem cuttings.


Plant garlic.


Save seeds from the vegetable and flower garden. Dry, date, label, and keep cool and dry.


Pest Monitoring and Management


Control weeds while small. Hand weeding and weeding tools are particularly effective now.


Mulch to prevent weeds, to conserve moisture, and to improve soil health.