eNews May 2012


May 2012

(volume 11, no. 5)

MAY IS A DELIGHT FOR THE SENSES

OSU recommends colorful potatoes for home gardens
Colored potatoes have phytonutrients, natural compounds in fruits and vegetables that promote good health.

Fragrant sweet peas please the gardener more than the bee
Sweet peas flourished in English gardens, and have transplanted well to all parts of the world, especially throughout Oregon.

Plant in spring for summer and fall color with water wise flowering perennials
Keep a colorful and low maintenance flower garden with water-efficient perennials.

Night-blooming gardens make for scented summer evenings
Smell the sweet scent of night-blooming flowers after dark while you sit on a porch or in the yard after dinner.

Oregon tree names keep people guessing
Learn to understand why Oregon Trees are named as they are.

How to troubleshoot problems with carrots and cabbages
Jim Myers, an OSU vegetable breeder, gives tips on how to overcome the challenges this season.


GUIDEBOOKS ARE HERE TO HELP

Guidebook identifies good bugs and the bad bugs they love to eat
Teach yourself to identify beneficial insects that prey on garden pests.

Guides help with managing weeds, insects and plant diseases
What are the best ways to manage insects, weeds and plant diseases? Three research-based guides, updated every year, give reliable answers.


WHAT'S NEW

Registration opens for Oregon Master Gardeners Mini College
Registration has opened for the 29th annual Mini College for Gardeners, which this year will be in Salem July 25–28 at Willamette University.

OSU names Dan Arp as dean of Agricultural Sciences
Dan Arp, has been appointed as the Reub Long Dean of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at OSU.

Oregon posts record $5.2 billion in agricultural sales in 2011
Oregon's farmers, ranchers and fishing industry grossed a record $5.2 billion in 2011 – thanks to higher commodity prices.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in May