May 2021

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Hurray for May! Spring has fully arrived 
in the Rogue Valley!

This time of year always brings to my mind a line from Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll: “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! He chortled in his joy.” I have been chortling…

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May 3, 2021 in Beet 2021 05 May

Master Gardener activity updates 
and fun dates for your calendar

Dear Gardeners, As many folks are probably feeling, this is such a beautiful time of year. The fresh pops of green on the trees and bright wildflowers really invigorate the…

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May 3, 2021 in Beet 2021 05 May

May in the garden: A race to the beginning

May is the busiest month in the garden. You can run yourself ragged watering and fertilizing everything you’ve already planted, direct sowing new crops as the soil warms up, weeding,…

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May 3, 2021 in Beet 2021 05 May

Book review: The $64 Tomato

The $64 Tomato 
 by William Alexander Book reviewed by Maxine Cass, Master Gardener 2015 What if you’ve always wanted a garden, craved fresh produce produced organically, and were prepared…

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May 3, 2021 in Beet 2021 05 May

To the Moon and Stars with watermelon

To the moon and stars and back, you’ll love planting this again and again, and again. Who doesn’t love a slice or wedge? If you’re thinking cake, Italian pie or…

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April 2021

April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

Spring brings out the gardeners in us

The spring equinox has passed, meaning our days are now longer than our nights. With the sunny days and longer daylight, all of us are getting out into our gardens…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

Program updates regarding COVID-19, 
and a new Josephine County appointment

Dear Gardeners, As I write this column in mid-March, the hellebore and daffodils have been in full bloom, the days are longer, and that spring-time quality is in the air!…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

Dates set for native plants garden tour

By Sherri Morgan Master Gardener 2008 This first annual native plants garden tour sponsored by the Jackson County Master Gardener Association is happening in May! The tour focuses on gardens…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

April in the garden

If March was the time to “start your engines,” then April is the time to zoom away from the starting gate. There is so much do this month and so…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

OMGA Recognition Awards for JCMGA

By Marcie Katz Master Gardener 2019 A huge congratulations to the nine 2021 Jackson County Master Gardeners who received Recognition Awards from OMGA this February! Normally, we would have an…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

Fred Meyer contributes to JCMGA when you shop

By Keltie Nelson Master Gardener 2016 Great news! If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can now reward JCMGA at the same time as yourself, at no cost to you!…

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April 2, 2021 in Beet 2021 04 April

Snap! Crackle! Pop!

No, it’s not Rice Krispies, but something way better that will never get soggy at the bottom of the bowl! We’re talking peas, please! The French term them mangetout, meaning…

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March 2021

February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Spring!

Greetings, Master Gardeners! And happy spring! As we wait impatiently for reopening, your Jackson County Master Gardener Association is hard at work doing the daily business of the association. Our…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Update on the 2021 Elevated Skills Training

Dear Gardeners, Happy March!  I would like to start by sharing an update about the 2021 Elevated Skills Training from Gail Langellotto, statewide MG Program Coordinator and Professor of Horticulture…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Free well testing offered to wildfire victims

The Oregon Health Authority will provide free well water testing vouchers to private or domestic well users impacted by the 2020 Oregon wildfires. Applications will be open until May 15,…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Heartfelt ‘thank you’ to 
Janice Alderman, our Facebook master

By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 The Jackson County Master Gardeners Association wants to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Master Gardener, Janice Alderman, who is stepping down from running…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Blue Heron Park Community Garden restoration

By Mary Foster  Master Gardener 2007 and Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 The Jackson County Master Gardeners Association is helping restore gardens and landscapes around the valley that were damaged…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Better know a gardener!

By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 Mary Foster has been a Master Gardener since 2007 and is the chair of the Community Gardens Committee for JCMGA. While Mary has long…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

March: Start your engines

If January is the month to get ready, set, and plan, then March is the month to start your engines to put that grand plan into action. March is one…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

What is a Master Gardener?

By Ronnie Budge Master Gardner 2011 The mission of the Master Gardener Program in Oregon is: Cultivating resilient and healthy communities through sustainable horticulture education and gardening projects that are…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Pie in the plant

Who would have thought one could produce a premium pie from an edible plant stalk? Apparently, no one. But be forewarned – the leaves are toxic and should not be…

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February 28, 2021 in Beet 2021 03 March

Award nominations due April 15

By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 Have you noticed that one or two of your fellow Master Gardeners have been doing exemplary work “above and beyond” what might be expected?…

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February 2021

February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

What’s in a lawn?

By Sherri Morgan Master Gardener 2008 Do you have a large, mowed green space around your home? That space is an artifact of landscape design imported from the British Isles,…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

Grow a living landscape

By Lynn Kunstman Master Gardener 2012 Want more birds and butterflies in your life? Want to support pollinators and wildlife? Here’s some information for small and large property owners to…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovage

It’s finally February – when gardening hearts are struck by Cupid’s trowel. Once Cupid smiles upon you, it’s time for a new romance – falling in and for lovage. You’re…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021, Uncategorized

New for 2021 from JCMGA: Horticultural Study Groups

By Susan Koenig Master Gardener 2016 Have you ever wanted to take a deep dive into a gardening topic such as growing tomatoes, succulents, native plants, mushrooms, house plants, herbs…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

2021 resolutions of a Master Gardener

I’m not much on resolutions…but this year I cogitated through January and there are a few things I really want to do: 1. I have a few plants that have…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

Looking for the Plant Clinic? It’s gone virtual

By Maxine Cass Master Gardener 2015 When the SOREC Plant Clinic closed last March 12 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, four volunteer mentors, supported by Master Gardener Program Coordinator…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

My friend, Kate Hassan

By Jane Moyer Master Gardener 2005 My friend, Kate! How lucky am I to have Kate Hassen as a good friend! I first met Kate when she took the Master…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

Updates on learning online

Updates on the Oregon Flora Project, volunteer resources, and 2021 Level-Up and Elevated Skills Training Dear Gardeners, If you’re already familiar with the Oregon Flora Project, or if you haven’t…

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February 9, 2021 in Beet February 2021

Reaching out in a pandemic

In the darker days of winter, spring can sometimes seem far away. But I have kale, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, mixed greens, peas and cilantro started in my greenhouse: a sign…

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January 2021

January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Homage to JCMGA Demonstration Garden gardeners

By Janine Salvatti Master Gardener 2019 Our JCMGA gardeners are amazing in their dedication to seeing the Demonstration Gardens not just survive but thrive. Looking back on 2020, we were unable…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

A call to action

Happy New Year, Master Gardeners. I hope everyone is well and staying safe while we await an end to the COVID-19 crisis. I am a bit nervous about taking the…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Thank you notes to Ronnie

When Ronnie Budge took over the reins of JCMGA as President in January, 2020, she could not have foreseen what a topsy-turvy time we would experience this year due to…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Lynn Kunstman: A teacher finds her tribe

By Maxine Cass Master Gardener 2015 “Keep ’em flying!” Lynn Kunstman, Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association President, signs her emails. Cheering on Monarch butterflies mirrors her ardent approach to gardening….

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Watch JCMGA on YouTube

By John Yunker Master Gardener 2019 If you missed the recent virtual Winter Dreams Summer Gardens event, you’re still in luck – the presentations have been recorded and are live…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Training and volunteer opportunities for 2021

Community Science Projects (adapted from the OSU Master Gardener Coordinators’ blog, December 2020): Community science projects, such as climate or invasive species tracking, are reliant on observant volunteers on the…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

January: The ‘ready, set – wait’ month

“Plant so your own heart will grow.” – Hafiz 
*** We are greeting 2021 with more hope than we’ve had in nearly a year. Although Gardeners have not been spared…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

The pine connection: Currants, gooseberries and white pine blister rust

By Katy Mallams Master Gardener 2012 Currants and gooseberries, members of the genus Ribes, are all hosts of the non-native and virulent fungal pathogen Cronartium ribicola, cause of white pine…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Devyn Schneck appointed to board

Devyn Schneck is a current student in the Master Gardener class of 2020. We were fortunate to have Devyn qualify, with completed hours, to run as a member at large…

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January 8, 2021 in Beet January 2021

Membership renewals due this month

By Patrice Kaska Master Gardner 2016 JCMGA membership renewal for 2021 is now in progress. Although members can renew at any time during the year, please renew by Jan. 31,…

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December 2020

December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

Git yer learnin’ on! Master Gardener training ahead

One of the most frustrating aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic is our inability to attend master gardener and community education classes. If you are like me, you are missing…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

New board to take the reins

Voting is completed and results are in. Returning to your JCMGA Board of Directors in their elected positions are: President Lynn Kunstman; Past-President Ronnie Budge; Recording Secretary Jane Moyer; Membership…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

2020 was not what 
I expected when 
I started my term

When I volunteered to run for the office of JCMGA vice-president/president-elect in August 2018, it was because I’d been a little bored. I figured a couple of extra meetings a…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

The indoor gardener’s winter playbook

This morning (Nov. 20) when I got up at 7 a.m. it was 27 degrees and promising to be a beautiful day…except, did I mention it was 27 degrees? I…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

JCMGA membership renewals due

JCMGA membership renewal for 2021 is just about to begin. You will soon receive a Mailchimp letting you know how and when to renew. If you want to be included…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

Lots of training in store for Master Gardeners

Dear Gardeners, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. It probably looked a little different this year than in past years, but I hope you all had the chance…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

Your goose is cooked

Gardening Gourmet Sydney Jordan Brown Master Gardener 2000 In case you’re wondering, this is not a story about that golden-grilled-gander that graces many holiday feasts, nor those supplying feathers for…

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December 2, 2020 in Beet December 2020

A year (of change) in the gardens

By Marcie Katz Master Gardener 2019 2020 – A year most of us will never forget. It was a year of historic change. Our everyday life became stay-at-home with no…

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November 2020 Beet

October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Gardening as a mental health benefit

When your Board of Directors met via Zoom a couple of weeks ago, we remarked at how well everyone was looking. We seemed like a pretty cheerful bunch too, despite…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Art in the garden

By Janine Salvatti Master Gardener 2019 Art in the landscape runs the gamut from simple to the sublime.  Rustic, whimsical, modern, English, or French garden style? Mine is decidedly eclectic,…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

November Garden Checklist

Goodnight, sweet garden… Except for cool weather veggies, November heralds the end of the gardening season for most folks. The dazzling leaves of orange, yellow, and red that caused us…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

A tale of five chicks

As President Ronnie Budge reported in the September Garden Beet, I’m keeping busy and entertained these past months by a small flock of chickens. Last March when COVID-19 hit, I…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Have you voted for JCMGA?

If you have not yet voted in the JCMGA election for 2021 Board members, today is the perfect day to do so!  At least it is if you are reading…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Happy New Year! (for Master Gardeners)

Nov. 1 is the first day of the Master Gardener year and November signals the beginning of our membership renewal season. This year, in an attempt to make renewing as…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Around the globe

Although some claim it may well take 80 days to take a world-wide trip, for this particular globe, one need only proceed to their nearest garden plot. The globe artichoke,…

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October 30, 2020 in Beet November 2020

Virtual Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens planned

The annual Winter Dreams Summer Gardens (WDSG) fall symposium cannot be held at our typical Rogue Community College venue. But, we don’t want to completely nix this popular fall event….

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October 2020 Beet

Photo contest winners

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By Patrice Kaska Master Gardener 2016 Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for our first annual photo contest! The JCMGA Member Services Working Group is pleased to announce the winners….

Reaching out to underserved communities

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We were delighted to have Gail Langellotto, Master Gardener Coordinator for the state of Oregon, join us for the JCMGA Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 11. Gail updated us…

2021 Volunteer Training Program announced

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Dear Gardeners, I hope this finds all of you well. As I write this, it has been almost 3 weeks since the devastating fires began. I hope that you, your…

October garden checklist

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This is still a busy month for gardeners with some harvesting to do and lots of readying the garden for winter. The garden never sleeps. The leaves may be falling…

Not just a Jack … O’Lantern

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By Sydney Jordan Brown Master Gardener 2000 Even if it’s unlikely that you won’t find any little tricksters tempting you to toss them treats this Halloween, it doesn’t mean that…

October is also an election month

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October has arrived and that means that the election to choose the 2021 JCMGA Board of Directors begins this month. Similar to last year, the election will be held online…

Art in the garden

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By Janine Salvatti Master Gardener 2019 Our creative muse has time in the Winter months to create garden art, be it sublime or whimsical. I’m planning a November Beet article…

Joan Long steps back from Member Services Working Group

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By Ronnie Budge Master Gardener 2011 If you’ve ever received a note of thanks or condolence from JCMGA, it probably was sent to you by Joan Long of the Member…

Mulch ado about something

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By Janine Salvatti Master Gardener 2019 Mulching is a perfect task for October and November. You’d think that’s enough said but not so quick! There is a lot of discussion…

Arugulably the best

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Gardening Gourmet By Sydney Jordan Brown Master Gardener 2000 While maybe not the top green, it’s “arugulably” the best leafy green. An annual herb in the mustard family (Brassicaceae), arugula…

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...