eNews February 2012


February 2012

(volume 11, no. 2)

THERE'S A LOT HAPPENING BEHIND WINTER'S GRAY VEIL

Purple tomato debuts as ‘Indigo Rose’
Indigo Rose is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit.

OSU plays key role in development of new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
OSU researchers used geographic information system (GIS)-based software to make an interactive map that is more detailed and useable than any previous model.

The subtle beauty of bark helps trees survive the winter
The function of bark — to help the plant survive drying winds and temperature extremes — leads to the wide variety in its appearance.

Drought-tolerant native evergreens give year-round interest
OSU horticulturist Linda McMahan recommends several evergreens to keep a Mediterranean garden green year round.

Public invited to observe spring lambing at OSU sheep center
Lambing visits will start on Feb. 20 and run through March 14. Groups of more than 12 should first arrange appointments.


A "HOW TO" WILL KEEP YOU BUSY

Booklet explains grafting and budding techniques to propagate plants
An 18-page illustrated book describes why gardeners and growers graft and bud and how to do it.

How to train and prune your home orchard
Detailed information and illustrations are in a newly revised publication that brings horticulture expertise from OSU Extension to the people of Oregon.

How to start garden seeds indoors
It's time to flex your green thumb and study seed catalogs if you'd like to grow your own veggies, fruits and flowers from seed this year.

It's best to start cukes, squash and pumpkins in containers
To have an easier time germinating cucumbers, squash and pumpkins, start seeds in containers, rather than in cold garden soil.


WHAT'S NEW

Oregon Master Beekeeper Program begins in early 2012
A cooperative effort between OSU and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association contributes to the health of honey bee colonies and practice of beekeeping.

Nyssa schools and SMILE students design native plant outdoor classroom
The Native Plant Outdoor Classroom that has sprung up on the grounds of the Nyssa School District is a tribute to water conservation and native plants to Native Americans.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in February