eNews April 2012


April 2012

(volume 11, no. 4)

APRIL: WHEN ROBINS LEAD THE WAY

Repair winter storm-damaged trees and shrubs promptly for best results
If recent storms damaged trees or shrubs in your yard, you may need to provide "first aid" promptly.

Plant bulbs this spring and summer for all-year color
If you plant summer-flowering bulbs, corms and tubers in the spring, you'll carry color through the summer.

Prune to keep ornamental shrubs healthy
Pruning is one of the most important tasks to keep shrubs and bushes healthy, yet it often gets neglected or forgotten.

Publication reminds how to stop spread of Sudden Oak Death
The public can help stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than a million oak and tanoak trees in 14 coastal counties in California and thousands of tanoaks in Curry County, Ore.

Asparagus rewards patience
Homegrown asparagus is one of the earliest vegetables of the spring.

Add organic matter to improve garden soils
Add organic materials to improve the ability of sandy soils to hold nutrients and water. For clay soil, organic additions improve drainage and aeration and help the soil dry out and warm up more quickly in the spring.

Soil quality test available for gardeners and farmers in the Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley gardeners and farmers can use a soil quality scorecard to do their own soil analysis and get results that are more thorough than traditional soil nutrient tests.


IF YOU ARE NEW TO GARDENING

Tips for first-time gardeners
If you're completely new to vegetable gardening and want to enjoy your own homegrown tomatoes and summer squash this year, the Oregon State University Extension Service can provide the information you need to get started.

Growing your own
Advice on a wide range of gardening topics, including composting, container gardens, fall/winter gardens, fertilizing, insect pests, plant diseases, planting guidelines, raised beds, site selection, slugs, soil improvement, tilling, warm-season crops, watering and weeds. Includes regional tips for various parts of Oregon.


WHAT'S NEW

OSU dean to lead top food and agriculture agency
Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University, will lead the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington, DC.

Two agriculture-inspired exhibits to feature Betty LaDuke this spring
Giclée prints of paintings by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke and the annual Art About Agriculture invitational exhibition will be on display.

Food Hero: Helpful messages for healthy eating
The idea is to use the Internet to connect with people and offer them tools for healthy eating.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in April