eNews October 2011


October 2011

(volume 10, no. 10)

AUTUMN: THERE'S STILL LOTS TO DO

Plant salad greens now for fall and winter harvest
The end of summer is a perfect time to sow salad greens for harvest throughout the fall and winter months.

Renovate your lawn after summer dormancy
As your summer lawn comes back to life, Robert Golembiewski, OSU Extension turf grass specialist, offers advice on how to renovate it.

Gardeners can help control the great escape
Alert gardeners can avoid and guard against invasive plants.

Plant or move plants in the fall to prevent shock
Autumn is a good time to plant or move plants in most places in Oregon. Wet and mild conditions can help prevent transplant shock and water stress.

Clean bird feeders can prevent disease
As birds crowd to feeders during the winter they can spread disease. It's important to clean their feeders regularly and take precautions as you feed them.

Bring your plant questions to the Master Gardeners at your local OSU Extension office


OCTOBER: OUT OF THE GARDEN

Take caution with unfamiliar berry plants
Many weeds have flowered and the "fruit" can look tasty but should not be eaten.

Home-heating energy sources and their costs
An OSU publication compares several types of fuels based on their cost per million BTUs of available heat at a given price.


WHAT'S NEW

Educator's guide uses gardening as a learning tool
A new publication from OSU Extension shows how a full-circle approach to gardening on school grounds.

Inmates grow vegetables and earn credentials for life
Inmates can earn an OSU Extension Certificate of Home Horticulture and can eventually do volunteer work to complete their Master Gardener designation.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in October