eNews September 2011


September 2011

(volume 10, no. 9)

MAKE FOOD PRESERVATION AN EXERCISE IN SAFETY

Food safety starts in the garden
An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in fresh strawberries sickened at least 10 people in Oregon in July and reminds us that food safety starts in the garden.

OSU Extension food safety/preservation hotline expects more than 3,000 calls
Forty-five volunteers trained as OSU Extension Master Food Preservers answer hotline questions about food safety and preservation.


SEPTEMBER NOTES

Pears can be ripened to perfection
Pears must go through a series of changes after harvest before they can deliver their full splendor.

How to avoid and treat tomato problems
The OSU Extension Master Gardener program tracks the most common tomato problems and offers advice on what to do about them.

Harvest those veggies!
Regular picking encourages vegetable plants such as sugar peas, cucumbers, squash, bush beans, peppers, broccoli, and eggplant to produce more.

Store winter squash and pumpkins
Winter squash won't survive the first frost. Storing techniques, however, can keep winter squash for several months.

Fall webworms arrive in tree branches
These caterpillars are considered to be a pest by many people, but are primarily a cosmetic nuisance, according to OSU entomologists.

Prevent water pollution when treating a mossy roof
If crops of moss or lichen have sprung up on your roof, it's important to keep chemicals that kill them from polluting the environment.

Check drainage to avoid salt build-up in planters
Whitish deposits, composed of salts from hard water and fertilizer, usually indicate insufficient drainage or not enough flow-through of water.


WHAT'S NEW

After three decades, invasive tansy ragwort once again threatening Oregon
This year tansy ragwort has flourished through a combination of weather conditions and a “down cycle” for three insects used to control it.

Online Master Gardener course taking applications
Register now for the Option 1 online course Sept. 12–Dec. 18, 2011. This is the no-volunteer option. Volunteer and no-volunteer options will be Jan. 2 to April 1, 2012.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in September