Volume 24 Number 5 May 2011 21st Annual Polk County Master Gardeners Plant Sale May 6 and 7, 2011 9:00-5:00 Invite friends and neighbors! There’s something for everybody to do, starting with setting up tables on Monday, May 2 and going through clean-up on Saturday May 7. If you haven’t already volunteered or been contacted or have questions about how you can help, call Darlene Gowen or Lois Martin. Whether or not you’re on the schedule for a specific area, if you find you have some extra time, drop in and check with Darlene. It’s always good to have Master Gardeners available to assist customers or fill in so those who are there all day can take a break. Be sure to sign in and out on one of the green sheets. Bill and Creta Lenzke are coordinating the refreshments. Everyone is encouraged to bring something to share or give Creta money to buy food for lunch or snacks. On Friday and Saturday, the 4H building will be used, but during the rest of the week everything will be in Building C, with no cooking or refrigeration facilities. The Country Store crew needs “muscle” help on Monday and Tuesday when they have several large items to move from storage. When you come to work at the sale, please wear your Master Gardener nametag and shirt or apron if you have one. Shirley Sloan (503-838-3355) has a few shirts on hand if you would like to get one for the sale. Call her to check on sizes. If you have garden carts or wagons that can be used to help customers take purchases to their cars, let Darlene know. They should be clearly labeled with your name and need to be picked up on Saturday afternoon. Donated plants must be brought to the building by noon on Thursday to allow for proper identification and placement. Yard signs should be returned to the Fairgounds on a workday or to the Extension Office. We have a high level of participation by the chapter for this one fund-raiser. It’s an important event for the community and fun for us…a win-win situation! 2 Polk County Master Gardener Office Schedule May 2011 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Lynne Rainwater Al May Kelly Morales* Diane Watne Darrell Ward* Farrys Ostendorp* Linda Ellingson* 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 John Young* Teresa Othmer Janelle Graham William Vanacek* Fred Burger* William Vanacek 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Linda Yerbick Eileen Shaffer Nick Yerbick Diane Anderson* Jill Washburn* Tim Branaman* Cecilia Tracy* Helen Kanode* 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Janice Ames Barbara Park Diane Watne Polly McCrea* Myrna Curzon* Amy Lyn Tucker* Lori Brannigan* 29 30 31 Please sign in the log book and call the next duty crew when you arrive at the MG desk. If you can’t work on the day you signed up for, you are responsible for finding a replacement and notifying Gail Miles (503.623.8395) of the change. We need two MGs at the desk from March Memorial Day through September. * indicates Trainee. observed Office Closed Master Gardener hours at the desk are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to Noon. Trainees must work at least twice with a mentor or veteran. After that, you will be scheduled with a veteran or, if you choose, another trainee. Neil Bell and his family will host the annual Polk/Marion County Master Gardener potluck at their home on June 11th, from 4pm till ??? We would love for you to join us for this event at our home and garden, which to this point has always been blessed with decent weather, which is good, since it is an informal, outdoor, garden-tour type affair. It’s a bit earlier this year than it has been; hopefully the weather will continue to be cooperative! If you plan on joining us, please bring a potluck dish to share with serving implement. Also bring a chair for yourself and guest(s), as these are in short supply at our place. Family is of course welcome. We will supply plates, utensils and various beverages. Our house is located at 14980 Ferns Corner Road. This is 6 miles west of Monmouth, and 6 miles south of Dallas. From Dallas, drive south on Kings Valley Hwy and when you reach the Falls City turnoff, go left, you are then on Ferns Corner, which is a gravel road. Go approximately 1.25 miles, the driveway is a gravel one with an aluminum gate on the right. From Monmouth, drive down Main Street, go through the stop sign at Monmouth Ave, and then 2 blocks later turn left on Whitman St where you see the Falls City/Kings Valley sign. Follow the highway from this point 4.5 miles, then turn right on Cooper Hollow Road. After 0.5 mile, go left onto Ferns Corner Road, which is gravel. Go up about 0.9 mile to the driveway on your left. Parking is at a premium at the top of the driveway, you may need to park on the road. I will be there to assist with parking! Could those planning to attend please RSVP to 503-623-6916 or email@example.com by June 8th, please! See you there. 3 Notes and from Gail Observations… OMGA Mini College from Neil Be sure to check the OMGA website after May 1st and register for the OMGA Mini-College in Well, even if the weather Newport at steadfastly refuses to admit that http://www.oregonmastergardeners.org/MiniCollege20 it’s spring, it’s still spring. It 11.htm . Some of the classes qualify for Recertification seems that a number of weather Credit. The website also lists local accommodations at records were approached or special rates. The Polk County Master Gardeners offer broken in March, including total scholarships to cover class costs. Think Newport in rainfall which was January-like July, great garden classes and tours, and a scholarship. (over 7‖ compared to the normal What’s not to love! 4‖) and number of days with measurable rainfall (27 compared to the usual 17). And MG Desk—There are openings at the MG Desk from it took until March 27 for the temperature to reach June on. Trainees and Certified MGs contact me if you 60oF-the latest on record! are available. Sheesh, you would think that things would have dried Reporting your hours Each Master out and warmed up by now but by mid-April it still Gardener and Trainee, is required to keep looked quite cool and wet. Well at some point a track of their hours and turn them in each gardener has to simply give in and try to get something year to be recorded. All hours contributed by done to prepare for warm weather, whenever it chooses the Chapter are sent as part of an annual to arrive. Last weekend I got ambitious and hand-dug Chapter report to OSU and OMGA in November, so our vegetable garden, and in the areas with better soil accurate recording is very important. quality actually managed to plant peas, spinach and Yellow Trainee Hourly Report Forms – Trainees lettuce. The rest of the garden, without such good soil, received these in their notebooks at the beginning of will require further work to get it ready to plant as it is the training. They list the required hours and locations distinctly chunky at this point. It was excellent exercise for payback. These should be turned in when 60 hours turning it over though, a task which I have learned to of payback have been completed or by November 1st in do with a spading fork rather than a shovel. order for me to plan for Graduation. You still have In the flower beds we have quite a bit of bittercress until the end of December to complete your payback. I (Cardamine edulis) to deal with, which is also known just need an idea how many will be graduating. as ―popweed‖ for the way the seeds fly off when the Green Hourly Report Forms – These are filled out at seed pods are mature. One good thing about cool, wet the different projects. Every MG and Trainee should weather is that it gives more time to pull this weed, sign in when they work at a project. These are also since as seems that as soon as you get a 70oF day, then turned in by November 1st. Please be sure to enter how the soil dries out and the seeds on this weed pop off in many hours you worked, especially at the Plant Sale. all directions. So I have been dutifully pulling this and I’d rather not guess. planning to put down more bark mulch, which I have not purchased or spread for several years, and as a Orange Hourly Report Forms – These are individual result, in a lot of places our flower beds are reduced to record sheets. Veterans or trainees who volunteer at bare soil, which is an open invitation to weeds like this. Junior Master Camp or another project that is not So now is a good time to plan to spread that around to listed on the back of the form, should enter it here. trap all that helpful moisture in the ground! Veterans who have signed in on the green forms at the projects do not need to enter it here. Trainees who have completed their payback can turn in their yellow form and receive one of these to keep track of more hours. These should also be turned in by November 1st. 4 from Dolores: Derek will determine which requests to include in the budget he will present to the Budget committee on May 18. They will give their recommendations to the Neil, Gail and I met recently to Polk County Commissioners who in turn will decide organize the challenges and the exact budget. priorities gained from the Home Horticulture Focus Group during Please attend the May 18 meeting at 1:30 p.m. and our February Chapter meeting. give Derek and Extension your support. It will take As the representative of this place in the Board of Commissioners Conference Focus Group, I was presenting room. the issues to the PECAN Committee—Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network. This group met on April 19 to finalize the information for Derek, Extension Staff Chair. OSU Scholarships Awarded Proceeds from our Plant Sale support two All of the five areas within Extension provided lists of scholarships for OSU students majoring in a the challenges they face, their priorities and requests horticultural area. They are selected by a for funding to provide certain services. If you don’t scholarship committee at the university. This year remember the areas they are: Home Horticulture, 4-H; the two who will receive assistance from the Polk Family and Community Health; Agriculture and County chapter are: Forestry. Alex Moeller, Polk County. The Home Horticulture challenges to the community He will be a junior next year and maintains a 3.51 were: food insecurity; teach people to help GAP. Alex is studying Viticulture and Enology and has themselves; job skills; protect soil and water resources; worked at the OSU Woodhall Vineyard for two years, invasive species; pesticide/fertilizer misuse; marketing; where he has provided outstanding support for many outreach to better reach all communities; alternative research programs. Alex has also worked as a training format to reach new audience; government vineyard supervisor at Willamette Valley Vineyards, crews lack training for planning/maintenance; Neil is Vinetenders LLC and Premier Pacific Vineyard. Alex 0.375 for Polk. is interested in providing sustainable and ecological management of vineyards – increasing quality while Our priorities were: maintain existing volunteer reducing cost, environmental inputs and adverse training/support that serves citizens; enhance media effects. Alex is also an active member of the Vitis outreach; enhance educational opportunities through Student Club. clinics; farmers’ markets; community gardens; libraries; presentations; basic gardening education; Robyn Shepherd, Marion County. consider alternative time/method of training—video, Robyn graduated from Silverton High School, in internet; training for County/Urban maintenance staff; Marion County. Robyn will be a senior next year and enhance Junior MG program; better serve ―under- is a committed student, currently with a GPA of 3.42. served‖ communities; create demonstration garden. She is studying Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production. Her goal is to enter the Peace As to funding, Derek instructed us to proceed from a Corps following graduation and to work in the clean slate. So our first priority was to keep the half- agricultural sector and help poor communities improve time Program Assistant position. This did not come their nutrition through better crop production. She from our Focus group meeting because we thought that would then like to work within the K-12 school system position was already included in the budget. Our next and develop programs to improve the nutrition and budget priorities were: create resources and training health of school age children. MG for outreach; increase outreach/marketing efforts; resources to help create demonstration garden; money to pay for experts to help design/training for 2011 Directories are now available. demonstration gardens. Pick up your labeled copy at the office or the Plant Sale. 5 Chapter Would you enjoy helping to create displays that Activities could be used to help publicize Master Gardener programs and projects? For example, we will have a table at Mini-College in July that will be used to ―showcase‖ the Polk County Chapter. If you’re interested, call Lois Martin, 838-2131, for more Brunk House Gardens information. Contact is Marsha Graciosa, 503-581-6357 Work days in May: 9-12 each day if not raining Gentle House Workdays: Tuesdays: 3, 17, 31 Thursdays: 12 and 26 Second and Fourth Thursdays Saturday the 21st May 12 and 26, 9:30-noon Gardening continues with soil Information: Sarah Chamberlin, 503-399-9436 preparation, weeding, dividing of perennials This month there will be pruning, deadheading, and planting of cool weather crops. Come be planting annuals in the flowerbeds, and the always- a part of planning and planting and enjoy an important weeding to maintain the appearance for opportunity to give back to the community. summer weddings and other events. Fall Fling Planning meeting May 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m. Academy Bldg. Room 210 Volunteers always needed. April Chapter Meeting Highlights March minutes approved Join the committee in making this year’s Fall Fling the best ever! Three workshops are in March Treasurer’s report filed the planning stages along with great vendors, OMGA Mini-College information delicious food and lots of fun! Plant Sale—posters available, yard signs Linda Yerbick, Committee Chair handed out, signed up for work and food, 503-623-2983 firstname.lastname@example.org Darlene will be site manager during Sale Fall Fling---September 17, 2011 Dallas Library sent thank you for our donation Keynote speaker: Ciscoe Morris Need co-chairs for Fairgrounds Gardening celebrity, author & columnist. Showed Master Gardener ad in Who’s Who in The Good, The Bad and Polk County Why Did I Ever Plant That? Need nominations for Master Gardener of the Year and Behind the Scenes turned into Gail or Bob Denman the Board by end of April Red Pig Garden Tools Ergonomics for Gardeners Board recommended purchase of 3‖ slotted baffle new chipper, motioned passed Derek Godwin unanimously OSU Ext. Water Shed Mgmt Specialist No Chapter meeting in May because of Plant Rain Garden Design — Sale Landscaping for Healthy Streams April Board Meeting Highlights Staff Chair covered: Fairgrounds updates; Fairgrounds Work Parties… need for MOUs; Extension budget are now Mondays, 9-12 March minutes approved If you are unsure about going out to work because Banking switched to OSU Federal Credit of weather, please call Al May, 623-9496, to see Union—has locations in Dallas, West Salem whether the crew will be there. and Monmouth 6 Motion to purchase 3‖ slotted baffle for new Master Gardeners are invited to tour chipper passed unanimously, Al took small chipper home to try to repair it Hardy Plant Society members’ gardens Strategic Planning Committee updates, Mini- in Polk County on May 21, from 10 to 5. College display There are 6 gardens to tour. Two of them belong Need nominations for Master Gardener of the to Master Gardeners: Year and Behind the Scenes turned into Gail or the Board by end of April Alice Kirk, 888 E. Jackson St., Monmouth So many of the plants in this garden are here in honor Mini-College door prizes and Silent Auction of the woman who got me started. This was originally items purchased part of her property- a strange ivy, the trillium, yellow Next Board meeting April 28, 1:30-4:00 pm, violets, a camellia grandiflora. Our garden is also a location to be arranged showcase for artwork by friends and colleagues. Bobbie Dolp, 12745 Fishback Rd, Monmouth OPEN GARDENS IN MAY My one-acre garden, sitting on an east-facing slope, is surrounded by woods and a cherry orchard. Over ten years the plant selection has evolved into that The Cecil and Molly Smith Garden, world overlapping subset of plants that I like and the deer renowned for its collection of species and hybrid don’t; many more in the first category. My garden is a rhododendrons, will be open during the blooming source of great joy to me which I enjoy sharing with season, Saturdays and Sundays, through May 22nd, others. 11:00 - 4:00. This three-acre natural woodland setting Thornhill Gardens. Alan and Janelle Graham ,13020 also features choice trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and Fishback Rd., Monmouth (Master Gardener) bulbs, including Cyclamen, Trillium, Erythronium and The Graham garden of about 1 ¾ acres on 5 acres of Narcissus which complement the over 600 deer-fenced property has evolved over the last 16 years rhododendrons and azaleas. A selection of plants almost to the point of maintenance. One of the featured in the garden are available for purchase. There problems of stretching out like this is that no one is a modest admission fee of $3.00. Due to the sloping garden ever seems to be finished. Visit us and see how site the garden is not considered handicap accessible. we cope with too much garden. The garden is located at 5065 Raybell Road, St.Paul, Oregon, 7/10ths of a mile west of Highway 219 Quail Run, Bob & Alma Irish, 13530 Fishback between St. Paul and Newberg. Turn west on Rd.,Monmouth. We have a very spacious country Champoeg Road (look for the blue Heirloom Roses garden amidst 55 acres, which we grudgingly share sign) and continue straight on to Raybell Road to the with deer, moles and gophers. Our view of the nearby garden. Parking and entrance are on the right just past forests and Mary’s Peak remain our primary assets. By the house with the garden address. For more May, there should be lilacs in bloom and lots of information, call Ginny Mapes at 503-647-2896 or see foxglove scattered throughout the garden beds. We http://www.smithgarden.org also keep some blooming pots on the deck for color. We love sharing our garden with others! Guided tours at Deepwood. The Lord & Schryver Conservancy is pleased to announce docent- Diana and Rob Goings, 17655 Gardner Rd, Dallas led tours of both the historic Lord & Schryver gardens (Master Gardener) and the contemporary gardens at Deepwood in Salem Our property is quite diverse in its landscape. Beyond on May 7, May 21 and June 4. Tours will begin at 10 the house, check out the fiberglass hobby greenhouse and 11 a.m. Registration is not required. The cost of a full of plant treasures. Edible plant areas include a 45 minute tour is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. More veggie patch, trellised grapes and raspberries, my new information is available on the Conservancy website: honeybee hives and two fruit tree areas. The very Lord-SchryverConservancy.org. or at 503-581-0774. adventurous folks in their walking shoes may enjoy a The gardens are located in Salem at 1116 Mission St walk down past the barn and through the tree farm to SE and the corner with 12th Street. Tours start at the our native plantscaping on beautiful Teal Creek! parking lot. 7 Excerpts from the OSU Gardening Calendar Dancing Oaks, Leonard Foltz and Fred Weisensee 17900 Priem Rd. Dancing Oaks Nursery, nestled in the foothills of the May coast range maintains an extensive display garden Planning filled with unusual trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials Prepare and prime irrigation system for from all over the world. The garden is a testing ground summer. for plant hardiness and performance as well as a palette Use a soil thermometer to help you know when for design and companion plantings. to plant vegetables. Wait until the soil is consistently above 70°F to plant tomatoes, Directions beginning with the Kirk garden: squash, melons, peppers and eggplant. Place pheromone traps in apple trees to detect From 99W and Highway 22, proceed south aprox. 4 miles. presence of codling moth. Plan a control program After Monmouth city limits, watch for the second street to of sprays, baits, or predators when moths are the left, and turn left (east) on E. Jackson St. Go three short blocks and the Kirk Garden is on your left at 888 E.Jackson, found. at the corner of Sacre Ln. Enter from the Jackson St. side. Pest Monitoring and Management Return to Hwy 99W and turn left. At the signal light, turn Leafrolling worms may affect apples and right and proceed on Main St. to the stop sign. Then go blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves. straight 2 blocks, turn left on Whitman and follow the signs Monitor aphids on strawberries and ornamentals. If to Falls City Hwy. Travel around the ―S‖ curves, then drive present, control options include washing off with 2 miles WSW into the countryside on Falls City water, hand removal, or using registered (Monmouth) Hwy. insecticides labeled for the problem plant Spittle bugs may appear on ornamental plants as Please be careful not to block the narrow country roads. foam on stems. In most cases, they don't require management. Control cabbage worms in cabbage Turn left on Fishback Road. Bobbie’s home is on the right and cauliflower, 12-spotted cucumber beetle in side, about 3/4 mile up the hill from the junction. She asks beans and lettuce, maggot in radishes. Control that you park on the property and not on the road. can involve hand removal, placing barrier screen The Graham home is approx. 1/4 mile further up the road, over newly planted rows, or spraying or dusting also on the right behind a 400 ft. run of cedar fence. There with registered pesticides, labeled for use on the are 3 parking areas: The lower driveway, the main house, problem plant. Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, and the shop. Please pull well in- if you want to leave we black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and will cheerfully find the drivers of any cars behind you. potato indicate flea beetle attack. Treat with For the Irish garden, continue on another ½ mile. (The road Neem, Bt-s, or use nematodes for larvae. Prevent turns to gravel at the top of the hill) Park at the house or at root maggots when planting cole crops by the barn area. Also, pull in. They will find drivers if you covering with row covers or screens, or by want to leave. applying appropriate insecticides. To reach the Goings’ garden and then Dancing Oaks turn Monitor rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and left(west) out of the Irish property and drive down the hill on other broadleaf ornamentals for adult root the gravel road about ½ mile until you reach Cooper Hollow weevils. Look for fresh evidence of feeding Road, the first on your right. Turn right. Drive a short way (notching at leaf edges). Try sticky trap products back to Monmouth/Falls City Hwy (you’ve missed a portion on plant trunks to trap adult weevils. Protect by being on Fishback Rd.), then turn left. Drive west to against damaging the bark by applying the sticky Kings Valley Hwy. Turn left (south). material on a 4-inch wide band of poly sheeting For the Goings’ garden, drive south about 3 miles to Gardner or burlap wrapped around the trunk. Mark plants Road on your right (It is Airlie Road if you look left). Turn now and manage with beneficial nematodes when right and continue on 9/10 of a mile until you see the soil temperatures are above 55°F. If root weevils Going’s open garden signs. are a consistent problem, consider removing plants and choosing resistant varieties To find Dancing Oaks Nursery, follow Gardner Rd. back to (Seehttp://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb0970e/e Kings Valley Hwy and drive straight across- you will be on b0970e.pdf for list of rhododendrons exhibiting Airlie Rd. Follow Airlie Rd. ESE a few miles(7?) until you resistance to adult root weevil feeding) reach Maple Grove Rd. turn right, and in about ½ mile turn right again onto Priem Rd. (gravel). There is a Dancing Oaks sign. Polk County Master Gardeners™ Neil Bell, OSU Extension Polk Soil and Water Conservation District - Horticulture Agent www.polkswcd.org Gail Miles, Program Assistant Dolores May, President Master Gardener Merchandise Shirley Sloan: 503-838-3355 Board meeting, April 28th at 1:30p.m. in the Academy Building, Room 108 Coco bricks, package of 2 $3.00 No chapter meeting this month: PLANT SALE! Pronouncing Dictionary of Plant Names $6.00 Cuttings Through the Year $7.00 Membership dues - $20.00 per year. Mac’s Field Guides: Please send inquiries, address changes, and membership NW Trees $6.00 renewals to: NW Wildflowers $6.00 Gail Miles Master Gardener Program Assistant NW Good/Bad Garden Bugs $6.00 Polk County Extension Office NW Park/Backyard Birds $6.00 P.O. 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