eNews December 2011


December 2011

(volume 10, no. 12)

WE ARE STARDUST, WE ARE GOLDEN

Make holiday decorations from plants in your garden
Intertwined grapevines, evergreen boughs and berries make natural-looking wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces.

Oregonians have many choices for Christmas trees
Although more than 90 percent of Oregon’s seven million cut Christmas trees are shipped out of state each year, Oregonians have plenty of real-tree choices.

How to keep your Christmas tree fresh
Chal Landgren from OSU Extension and other Christmas tree specialists from Washington State University bust the myths about keeping cut Christmas trees fresh.

Gift suggestions for the gardener in your life
Here are 38 gift suggestions for your green-thumbed family and friends.

Holiday plants are more than they seem
There's more to these popular indoor winter plants than their bright leaves and cascading blossoms.

Holiday food safety can prevent foodborne illness
Food-poisoning bacteria love cooked foods that are high in protein such as meats, chili, pasta, salad and custard.


AND WE'VE GOT TO GET OURSELVES BACK TO THE GARDEN

Shred autumn leaves for compost piles and garden beds
Most leaves make a great addition to the compost pile because they are nitrogen-poor but rich in minerals.

Store winter squash and pumpkins
Tried-and-true storing techniques can keep winter squash for several months.

Purple-leaf grape vine is an alternative to invasives
Purpurea, a purple-leaf relative of wine grapes, is both a colorful climbing vine and non-invasive ground cover.

OSU offers guide on building wild bird nest boxes
If you have dead trees on your property you can make them safe for people while saving them for the birds. You can also replace the loss of natural cavities by adding nest boxes to your yard.


WHAT'S NEW

The Christmas Bird Count schedule for Oregon is Dec. 14, 2011 – Jan. 5, 2012
Visit the Audubon Society of Portland website for a schedule of meeting times and places.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in December