eNews March 2012


March 2012

(volume 11, no. 3)

GOT THE FEVER?

It's time for spring cleaning in the garden
A horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service recommends tips to help make your summer flowerbeds healthy and beautiful.

OSU-recommended vegetables provide best yields in local gardens
No new vegetable varieties for 2012 are available. Please look to last year's recommendations.

How to make your own potting soil
Mixing up your own is more economical than buying sterile potting mix at a garden store.

Think like a plant when measuring soil pH
Think of yourself in a swimming pool. If the water is too cold, or the chlorine makes your eyes hurt, you don't want to be there.

How to avoid mold after winter storm damage
Check for and repair even minor winter storm damage on the outside of your house and outbuildings to prevent damage from molds and other decomposition.


TIME TO GET HANDS IN THE DIRT

Interplanting becomes common again
The extra planning required can be worth it for the additional growing space it provides.

A reminder: Ask your soil thermometer if it's time to plant vegetables
A soil thermometer is a gardener's best friend as spring approaches and it's time to plant cool-season vegetables. With a thermometer, no guesswork is needed.

Spring is a good time to fertilize young trees and shrubs
When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall.

Build your own raised bed cloche
A cloche can increase crop diversity and early planting and extend the growing season and harvest.

Don't forget to fertilize houseplants in spring
All plants, including those kept indoors, need nutrients in the spring. But take care to not feed them too often or too much.


WHAT'S NEW (OR WORTH REPEATING)

Another mechanism discovered by which sulforaphane prevents cancer
Scientists have now identified a second mechanism by which broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables help prevent cancer through the power of epigenetics.

Natural Resources Leadership Academy: Pre-registration is open
The programs will be June 18-22 and June 25-29 on the university’s Corvallis campus and will explore conflict management, communication, sustainable natural resources and leadership.

Summer Agriculture Institute offered for teachers
This three-credit, week-long, graduate level course offered by OSU is for K-12 educators who have little or no agricultural background.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in March