Yakima County Extension
Master Gardener Program The Weekly Dirt!
April 14, 2010
"The best time to plant a tree Arbor Day An Hour with
was 20 years ago. The next
best time is now." Master Gardeners
We are celebrating Arbor Day
---Chinese Proverb and Arborfest this week. That is the theme for all our
Felicia Faringer has her summer classes in the garden.
Fungal, Viral and volunteers lined up for Last Saturday was the first
Saturday's fun day with family
Bacterial Diseases and kids. There will be
class for this growing season.
Thanks so much to Becky
hundreds of those little ones Lang-Boyd and Carol Barany
Are we talking about our learning along with Felicia.
doctor's office? No, this is the who taught us how to prune
Bring your kids and come to roses. They are such a good
MG Plant Clinic where our the Yakima Area Arboretum
clients bring samples, and teachers. There are so many
and enjoy the day. kinds of roses from hybrids,
questions about cankers, wilts,
mildews and blights. This teas, and floribundas to
Wednesday's topic will be climbing and rambling. Each
plant diseases. We have Plant Sale takes a special kind of
learned at our classes that pruning. If you missed the
many plants become The countdown is on! Only a class, the clinic has the book,
susceptible to these problems couple of more weeks and our Pruning, which shows how to
when we stress them. That Plant Sale will be here. All prune roses and is from the
might mean planting them in those babies that so many of American Horticulture series.
the wrong place, or taking you have nursed since way
care of them improperly such last fall will be for sale. The "Don't grumble that roses
as too much or too little water. greenhouse is bursting at the have thorns; be thankful that
Enjoy today's class. seams and will be emptied thorns have roses."
quickly by all those customers ---Unknown
who wait each year for this
event. Susie and her crew Our next Saturday class is just
The Soup Line will be working long hours to a week and a half away, April
take in all that revenue that 24th, where we will hand out
Remember that this week is supports those programs pumpkin seeds and journals to
also our Free Lunch! Come at which are dear to all of you. the first 100 kids who come.
12:00, bring your appetite, Sign up to be a part of the
and enjoy the good cooking action. This is a fun weekend Thanks to member, Tom
and baking done by MG. with plenty of jobs to go Kerns who provided the list of
around. Most MG who work MG Demo Garden sites
the Plant Sale make it an throughout the state. Wouldn't
annual event. Remember, that it be fun to see them summer?
hours can be used as payback
to the program. Front page by Diana Pieti
Clinic Connection Herbed Oil Herbed Vinegar
By Marge Greenwood
Last week Carol Barany wrote Use only fresh and perfect herb
about growing herbs. The leaves, seeds, or flowers singly
I don’t really know how to say following are two ways to use all or in combination. Pick the
thank you to all of my those herbs that are so easy for herbs in the morning after the
wonderful friends with MG. you to grow. dew has dried but before the
The e-mails, cards, visits, sun drives off some of the
food and blessings have been It is easy to make herb or spice essential oil that gives the most
unbelievable. infused oils at home. They make flavor. Use about ½ cup of
wonderful gifts for all occasions. herbs for every pint of vinegar.
I’m doing pretty well under Bruise the herbs slightly before
the circumstances. I have a Wash and dry your choice of herb putting them in a glass bottle
physical therapist coming in branches and lightly bruise them with a tight fitting top. I
several times a week to get me to release flavor. Place them in a recycle 25 oz. lidded glass
back into shape (now that’ll clean decorative glass container, bottles from flavored syrups for
be a challenge!), a nurse each cover with warmed oil, and seal coffees and Italian sodas. If
tightly. Leave in a cool, dark you don’t have any, ask an
day to check my incision and
place to infuse about two weeks. espresso stand to save a day’s
do a coumadin blood check.
Taste. If not strong enough, add worth for you to get started.
Berk has been a real blessing
more fresh herbs and let stand
in taking such good care of another week. You can either
me. So things are looking up strain the oil or leave the herbs in.
and it won’t be long before If you do not strain the herbs out,
you will see me bouncing the flavor will become stronger.
around Master Gardener
territory. Mild flavored oils like sunflower
oil and safflower oil work best to
My biggest hug and a great give a more prominent herb
big THANK YOU to you all! flavor. However, extra-virgin
olive oil is also a good choice.
Now follow one of two
“Friendship is what gets you If you begin with mono-
unsaturated oil such as olive oil traditional methods. You can
through the bad times and
or peanut oil, the infused oils pour the vinegar over the herbs
helps you enjoy the good in a clear glass bottle, close
times.” ---Anonymous should be refrigerated as these
tightly, and then sit the bottle in
are highly perishable and can turn
rancid quickly. a sunny window for two weeks,
turning it frequently as you
You can also add garlic, but allow the sun to do the work.
remove the garlic cloves after a Or you can pour hot vinegar
couple of days so as to not over herbs in a bottle and let
overpower the flavor of the herbs. them steep overnight.
If you choose to leave the garlic Whichever method you use,
cloves in the oil, be sure to strain and rebottle the vinegar
refrigerate the oil to avoid the after the steeping time and use
threat of botulism. use a fresh sprig for decoration.
From Herbs, by Emelie Tolley and
Get Well Soon, Marge! Chris Mead.
MG Demo Gardens Around Washington…………………….……………………..
Time for a road trip? As you travel in Washington this season, why not take a rest and rejuvenation stop at one of these
WSU Master Gardener havens? You can find more information at the wsu.edu extension website.
Adams / Grant: Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden located at the Moses Lake Public Library, 418 East Fifth
Benton / Franklin: "The Place to Grow", MG Demo Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick, WA.
Chelan: Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Riverfront Park, Wenatchee.
Callum: Woodcock Road Demo Garden located at 2711 Woodcock, Sequim, WA
Robin Hill Farm is situated between Sequim and Port Angeles off Dryke Rd., 0.25 miles north of Highway 101
Clark: Two demo gardens at County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield, WA 98642
Cowlitz: Expo Center (fairgrounds), 430 Washington St., Longview, WA. Phone: (360) 577-3121
Franklin: (see Benton County)
Grant: (see Adams)
Grays Harbor:Fairgrounds Demo Garden, 32 Elma-McCleary Road, P.O. Box 1229, Elma, WA 98541.
Community Garden Demo Plot, Marenko Park, Cosmopolis, WA
Island: Jim Davis House, Greenbank Farm, 765 E. Wonn Road, Greenbank, WA, 98253.
Jefferson: Dahlia Garden, City of Port Townsend, WA.
Native Plant Garden, Port Townsend, WA. Around the Extension office.
Jefferson County Jail Garden, Port Townsend, WA.
King: Bellevue Demonstration Garden, SE 16th Street between 148th Avenue SE and 156th Avenue SE
Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden, El Centro de La Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S in Seattle
Native American Ethnobotanical Trail at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, in Maple Valley at 22520 SE 248th Street
Neely Homestead Historic Demonstration Garden, 5311 South 237th Place in Kent.
Thyme Patch Park, 2853 NW 58th Street in Ballard
Wedgwood/Picardo Demonstration Garden, 2601 NE 82nd Street in Seattle
Kittitas:The Healing Garden at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, 603 S. Chestnut, Ellensburg, WA
Lewis: Borst Home Heritage Garden located in historical Borst Park, the MG Demo Garden is situated between the Borst
House and the One-Room Schoolhouse.
Providence Place is a HUD Senior Residence in Chehalis is open to the public at any time. To arrange a guided tour
contact Jen Annan, 748-8294.
R.E. Bennett School Garden is an outgrowth of a classroom project that teaches all second graders about how plants grow.
The school is located at 233 So. Market Blvd. in Chehalis.
Mason: County Fairground Demo Garden, 751 W Fairgrounds Rd., P.O. Box 2286, Shelton, WA,
Native Plant Demo Garden, Extension Office, N. 11840 Highway 101, Shelton, WA 98584
Theler Center Wetlands, Belfair, WA. The Hood Canal Wetlands Project is located on Highway 3 south of Belfair.
Okanogan: County Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden, Okanogan, WA. Next to the Horticulture display building.
PIERCE: MG Demo Garden, 7711 Pioneer Way, Puyallup, WA, 98371.
Pend Oriell: Waterwise Demonstration and Research Garden, Newport, WA.
Skagit: WSU Discovery Garden located at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650
State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA.
Jennings Park, 7027 51st Ave. NE, Marysville, WA.
Legion Park, 146 Alverson Blvd, Everett, WA.
JVM Garden, Village Road, Monroe, WA.
McCollum Pioneer Park, 600 128th SE, Everett, WA.
Spokane: Extension Office Demo Garden, 222 North Havana, Spokane, WA 99202.
Thurston: Dirt Works, Alta Drive, West Olympia, WA. Connected with Yauger Park.
Closed Loop Park, (formerly known as the Hawks Prairie Landfill), Hogum Bay Road, Lacey, WA.
Gallucci Garden, Olympia, WA. Located at the waterfront Farmer's Market.
Wahkiakum: MG Butterfly Garden at Strong Park, Cathlamet, WA.
Whatcom: Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale http://whatcom.wsu.edu/mastergardener/hovander
Change… A Letter from Sara Columbines
Continuity gives us roots; I will be in town until the MG can be proud of our
change gives us branches, middle of June. However, I regular contributions to the
letting us stretch and grow am at an end with my Yakima Herald Republic and
and reach new heights. involvement with the MG Yakima Magazine. To see
- ---Pauline R. Kezer because of time constraints past articles written by MG in
now. I had so much fun the Yakima Magazine go to:
teaching the Workshop! It http://www.yakimamagazine.com
Change is inevitable and was a fun end to my MG /category/home-and-
many are taking place in work. I will maybe see
MG. Sara Perry is moving to everyone at the Plant Sale, but
Richmond, VA. We’ve other than that I'm essentially
always been able to count on gone. I will take you all to Special Thanks
Sara to get the job done on Richmond in my heart. I have
deadline and this is no worked with lots of wonderful Thanks a bunch to Debra
different. She has recruited and talented people in my life Kroon for her work in
members to take her place, and count this MG group as creating a wonderful poster
and has made some excellent among the best! I may send to advertise our Hour with
choices. out some communications Master Gardeners, classes
along the way. The magazine in the Demo Garden on
Sharon Fisher has agreed to asked if I would be interested Saturdays. The poster is
chair our writer's group the in maintaining a blog that they beautiful!
Columbines. It will be her could link to. I am
responsibility to make sure considering that, but don't Last week Ray Yates worked
columns are done on time and know if I will have time once so hard in the Demo Garden
sent in to the paper. we get to Richmond. I do digging up one of the big
enjoy the writing so it would clumps of reed grass.
And the writing responsibility be a way to continue, although Although the reed grass put
for Yakima Magazine will not attached to MG. up a mighty struggle, Ray
now be Carol Barany's won the battle. It was such
assignment. We have all read A special thank you goes to hard labor that needed to be
Carol's wonderful column in Diana. You have been the done. Thank you Ray!
the Weekly Dirt! Now all of well spring of so much energy
Yakima will have the good with this group. You were
fortune to do the same. always my best and kindest National Garden Month
cheerleader. Love you!
Thank you to both Sharon and
Carol for taking on such big
Sara April is National Garden
Month and is a reminder that
responsibilities. there are many ways to share
If nothing ever changed, a love of gardening with those
there'd be no butterflies. around us.