September 2020 Beet

Thursday workers putting gardens back into shape

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Although Monday mornings are my usual time to be at Extension where I help out in the native plants nursery, I stopped by on a Thursday to see what the…

Help researchers track Oregon’s seasons

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Dear Gardeners, Happy September! Fall is just around the corner. I want to give a big “thank you” to all those who have been working so hard in the demonstration…

Giving our finances a boost, Chapter 2

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By Jane Moyer Master Gardener 2005 In the August Garden Beet, the need for finding ways to replace JCMGA’s usual fundraising efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic was explained along with…

Got Questions!??

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By Sandy Hansen Master Gardener 2017 We have just launched a new program to help you navigate all of those questions and help you, although get the answers you are…

Our honored long-term members

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By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 As many of you know, at our Annual August picnic, we always honor our “decades” members – those members who have been with JCMGA…

A guide to creating a healthy ecosystem in your yard

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Book review By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy Timber Press, 2016 Gardening…

Chinese mystery seeds: marigolds, weeds and a bug larva

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By Jack Ivers Master Gardener 2019 Noxious weeds and a bug larva have been found in the mystery seed packets from China that were sent unsolicited to thousands of residents…

September is the gateway to autumn

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About now you may be questioning why you love gardening so much. The heat, the weeding, the bugs, the inexorable growth of plants now hiding your garden pathways… Oh! Enough…

Geraniums give way to pansies

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By Lynn Garbert Master Gardener 2014 Summer and fall of 2019 were grand as three bright red flowering common geranium (Pelargonium spp.) plants and two poignant deep blue Lobelias filled…

A rose by any other name: Western Rose Garlic

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Gardening Gourmet by Sydney Jordan Brown Master Gardener 2000 A rose by any other name would smell like … Mama Mia! Now, “That’s Italian!” Even if you’re not a resident…

Help Wanted

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It takes a lot to keep us moving. 
Here are some of the ways you can 
pitch in and help. ••• Do you have skills in photography, video development and…

August 2020 Beet

Master Gardeners WANT YOU! on the JCMGA Board

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Master Gardeners WANT YOU! on the JCMGA Board   We are looking for new, and experienced member Master Gardeners to serve on our JCMGA Board of Directors for 2021. Could…

Jackson  County  Master  Gardener  Association Board  of  Directors Executive Committee  Meeting

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Jackson  County  Master  Gardener  Association Board  of  Directors Executive Committee  Meeting July 10, 2020   Announcements At the June meeting, the board approved getting a ZOOM subscription. However, Ronnie learned…

Directory photo contest begins

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Directory photo contest begins   By Patrice Kaska Master Gardener 2016 Will your photograph be on the cover of next year’s JCMGA Chapter Directory? The JCMGA Member Services Working Group…

Getting back in the Demonstration Gardens is a delight

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Getting back in the Demonstration Gardens is a delight President Ronnie Budge Master Gardener 2011   It has been a joy for me to be back working in the demonstration…

What did you do during quarantine?

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What did you do during quarantine? By Marcie Katz Master Gardener 2019 I have found that as gardeners, we seldom sit still, always looking for that stray weed, plants that…

This Rad is a Dish

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This Rad is a Dish Sydney Jordan Brown MG 2000 Nothing will dazzle your dinner salad or your dining guests like the ruby-fleshed root of the watermelon (also known as…

Master Gardener(s) of the Year

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By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 This year, we have chosen a team of FOUR individuals to be our JCMGA MG of the Year.  Steve Hassen, Bill Elliot, Doug Kirby…

Giving our finances a boost

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Grange graphicBy Jane Moyer Master Gardener 2005 WAIT! Before you decide you’re not interested in reading an article about finances, stop and ask yourself some what-if questions. What if the…

The garden checklist for a hot August

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Garden Guide by Janine Salvatti  Master Gardener 2019 It’s August and like the song says, it’s going to be Hot-Hot-Hot! Here are a few things to keep your garden in…

Erika

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Dear Gardeners, Can you believe August is already here? I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy while enjoying the beautiful weather. I will outline some program updates below, plus…

Reclaiming the Demo Gardens

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Reclaiming the Demo Gardens by Marcie Katz After a three month hiatus due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, the GEM’s slowly returned. It was a sight for sore…

Behind-the-Scenes Master Gardener of the Year: Dee Copley

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By Lynn Kuntsman Master Gardener 2012 Dee has been a Master Gardener for six years.  Her contributions during that time have been most impressive. For the last four years, Dee…

Barbara Davidson named OSU Master Gardener of the Year

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By Lynn Kuntsman Master Gardener 2012 Our very own Barbara Davidson has been honored by being named OSU Master Gardener for 2020. We are so happy that Barbara has received…

July 2020 Beet

Rah, rah, red shiso, boom, bah

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Gardening Gourmet By Sydney Jordan Brown MG 2000 No, not a typo. But more a gardener’s “Oh!” if it’s the first time you’ve heard about Perilla frutescens var. crispa, more…

The Garden Checklist for July

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By Janine Salvatti  Master Gardener 2019   Well, summer is now in full swing. I don’t know about you, but despite knowing it’s coming, it always surprises me to see…

Cora Lee sends thanks for Haydn’s remembrance

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Editor’s note: Cora Lee wrote this note to thank Ronnie and the Master Gardeners for the obituary in the May issue of The Beet about the passing of her husband,…

Extension, Demo Gardens resume modified activity

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By Erika Szonntag OSU Program Advisor    Dear Master Gardeners, Happy July! Summer is in full swing, and I hope this finds you and your families healthy and stable. I…

Gardening Gourmet | Rah, rah, red shiso, boom, bah

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By Sydney Jordan Brown | Master Gardener 2000 Garden Beet July ‘20 Get out for the pick-off, Every gardener go shout Decide on your shiso, Then plant some out. No,…

Working Groups Look at Ways to Rebuild Lost Income 

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By Ronnie Budge  Master Gardener 2011 JCMGA President   The frustration was palpable. When businesses reopened in Oregon and we could, if we chose, again visit museums, art galleries, and…

Jackson County Master Gardener Association: Board Meeting (by Zoom)

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Jackson County Master Gardener Association Board Meeting (by Zoom) 6/12/20 Announcements Jane Moyer announced that Practicum mentors who took seedlings home were able to get containers from the Practicum supply…

Mosquito-Proofing your Backyard

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Taking a few minutes to remove mosquito breeding habitat around your property can reduce your risk of mosquitoes spoiling your barbecues, or worse, spreading diseases such as West Nile Virus....

Rose Lovers, Watch for Trouble in Paradise

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By Janine Salvatti Master Gardener 2019 Rose lovers, are you aware of Rose Rosette Disease, RRD? There is no cure for this deforming and highly contagious virus transmitted by wind-blown...

Learning to Love Weeds: Beyond the War on Invasive Species

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By John Yuker Master Gardener 2019 Dandelions. Bull thistle. Kudzu. Japanese knotweed. Himalayan blackberry. From front lawns to woodlands, these are among the most despised of plant species. Species that,...

Unusual Raised Beds for the Garden

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By Lynn Garbert Master Gardener 2014 The sun was hidden a little, but not much on this May morning. The cloud cover brought the perfect weather for gardening in my...