eNews November 2011


November 2011

(volume 10, no. 11)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE BOOK: FREE GUIDES FOR WINTER READING

'Growing Farms' planning book is available to the public
The 44-page planning book for the "Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management" workshops is available free online. Or, call 541-737-2513 or 800-561-6719 to purchase a printed copy.

Build a compost worm bin to enrich soil and recycle waste
A new13-page booklet tells how to compost with worms in a process called vermicomposting and how to make a vermicompost bin. Download the booklet free of charge.

How to successfully replant riparian areas
Six steps are detailed in a new OSU 28-page booklet, "A Guide to Riparian Tree and Shrub Planting in the Willamette Valley: Steps to Success."


IN THE GARDEN THERE'S ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN

Wild strawberry plants can cover a lot of ground
If you're looking for a groundcover that is native to Oregon and doesn't require much water, three native wild strawberries are available.

Mature green tomatoes can ripen off the vine
If you pick green tomatoes before frosts or heavy rain hit them, many will ripen off the vine.

Sign up now to become an OSU Master Gardener!
Previous gardening experience is not required to become OSU Master Gardeners, expert gardeners who share what they learn with their communities.


WHAT'S NEW

New OSU scientist will make fruit quality top priority
OSU has hired a scientist in Hood River to help area growers produce fruit that can travel the globe and still look and taste like it was just picked.

The fall issue of the award-winning magazine Oregon's Agricultural Progress is online
View the table of contents or select from the stories below.

Fermentation: It's the culture
A story of the yeast that launched a thousand industries

Branding Oregon beef
From marbling to marketing, research helps brand Oregon beef

Special treatment
OSU makes sure fancy foods are safe to eat

Urban horticulture
Reconnecting people and their landscapes

Sauced and juiced
Oregon cranberries float to the top of the market

Local food to local jobs
An economic engine for rural communities

Farming for the future
The Amstad family grows potatoes, research and community

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in November