eNews June 2012


June 2012

(volume 11, no. 6)

JUNE: SUMMER PULLS US TO THE GARDEN

Summer is a good time to renovate spring bulb beds
Spring bulbs will produce bigger flowers if separated, fertilized and given either compost or mulch to the soil.

How to prevent rose diseases
Black spot, rust and powdery mildew can challenge any gardener.

Coax tomatoes and peppers to maturity
Oregon's cool springs and cool summer nights can prevent tomatoes and peppers from setting fruit early enough.

How to prepare for the county fair
Now is the time to begin planning to enter some of your best produce in your county fair.


TIME TO POLISH BASIC SKILLS

Tips for first-time gardeners
"Growing Your Own," a practical guide for first-time gardeners, can be accessed online. Copies of a printed version may be purchased online, or contact your county Extension office.

Questions and answers on pest management
This systematic approach to identify pests gives tactics that are cultural, physical, biological or chemical. The least toxic methods are always considered first.

How to meet the watering needs of growing vegetables
Soil type is an important factor. Water soaks into and drains through sandy soil about twice as fast as it does clay soil.


WHAT'S NEW

Singing in the rain: technology improves monitoring of bird sounds
A new computer technology listens to multiple bird sounds at one time to identify which species are present and how they may be changing.

OSU unveils new seafloor mapping of Oregon’s nearshore ocean
The most immediate focus is the threat posed by a major tsunami.

New OSU-trained taste testers will evaluate experimental wines
Volunteers use a sensory method that allows them to use their own vocabulary to describe the color, aroma, taste and "mouthfeel" of wines.

New center will assess impact of Farm Bill and other policies
Research will assess how revisions to the Farm Bill will affect issues such as rural poverty, global competition, climate change and food safety.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in June