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Beet 2023 09 September

Jackson County Master Gardener Association Membership Options Available

By Beet 2023 09 September

Did you know that you have JCMGA Membership Options?

If you have successfully taken the OSU Master Gardener Course, you can be an Active Member of the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association by either

  • Paying your $25 annual dues – nothing else required


  • Paying your $25 annual dues, recording 20 hours of volunteer service on approved projects, and 10 hours of approved continuing education. This allows you to be an Active JCMGA Member and be recertified as an OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer.  The recertification allows you to teach gardening topics.


Winter Dreams Summer Gardens 2023 Registration

By Beet 2023 09 September

~~~ Registration Is Open ~~~

The Jackson County Master Gardener Association is back, virtually!


Dates: Fridays, October 27 and November 3 and

Saturdays, October 28 and November 4, 2023

9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Comfort of your own Home via Zoom


We have a variety of top-notch speakers who will be speaking on many interesting

and time relevant topics.

All sessions will be recorded and available for a limited time for paid participants.

Cost is $30 for 14 presentations.

Landscaper Board CEH re-certification available.

Email us at if you have any questions


Make it a family reunion & invite friends, family

and all your known far flung Gardening Enthusiasts!

OSU Extension Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs, services, activities, and materials.



Radishcal Choice

By Beet 2023 09 September

Raphanus sativus, radish (from the Latin word “radix”, meaning root), specifically the winter radish, is sure to spice up your cold weather recipes.

Although the radish’s origin isn’t exact, it has a heated history.  Ancient literary and archeological evidence points to China as this spicy root’s origin.  However, given the diversity of types, some believe radishes were first cultivated between the Mediterranean and Caspian Sea. This could explain the differences between winter and spring radishes.  While spring radishes trace back to European cultivation, winter radishes have Asian lineages. The Black Spanish radish, a winter variety, is the exception, originating from what is now Syria.

Radishes were valuable seed crops in Egypt 4000 years ago. Roots and leaves were consumed; seeds were put inside Egyptian tombs. Roots may even have been used for currency, along with garlic and onions.

One of the first European crops introduced to the US via Mexico in the early 1500s, radishes were valued for hardiness and storability. They were essential to the colonists’ winter survival and served as valuable fodder crops for livestock.

Why sow winter radishes?

In China, sweet winter radishes are prized as fruit substitutes – two varieties are the green-tipped Shawo that sweetens after frost exposure, and Red Beauty. Winter radishes have many attributes beyond their spring cousins, including expanding varieties and extending the season to enjoy them.  Properly stored, winter radishes can keep for months in the fridge, or in the ground if winters are mild, until a ravenous gardener gleans them from garden to the table…unless indulging before they get there! Sweet and mild winter radishes are delicious. They spice up salads, add texture and zest to soups.  Enjoy them sautéed, stir fried or roasted, grilled to a caramelized sweetness, pickled, or dried.

Looking for “clearing your sinuses” heat? Substitute Japanese wasabi radishes for wasabi roots. They’re also way easier to grow. Radish roots and leaves offer rich sources of ascorbic acid, folic acid, vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper and calcium.

Need a plant companion?  Cucumbers, carrots, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, lettuce, nasturtiums, pumpkins, turnips and peas love radishes for neighbors.  (However, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, summer savory and grape hyssop hate them.)

Winter varieties also come in a wide range of large shapes, from baseball sized to 60-pound sluggers!  In 1921, the Oriental Seed Company of San Francisco catalog boasted a single Sakurajima could feed a family of 5!

Winter radishes are best sown in mid-August to early September, ½” deep with rows 6-8” apart, in moderately fertile soil. Use lightly amended soil with well-rotted compost, as too much makes for too many leaves and stunted roots. After covering the seeds, lightly tamp down and generously moisten.  Expect sprouting in a week or less.  Once sprouted, thin seedlings to 6-8” apart.  The key to success is to keep them consistently moist and weeded. Winter radishes can take up to two months to be ready for harvesting, but winter in the ground until ready to use. They’re easily tugged from moistened, not dry, soil.

Interesting Fact: Every December 23, thousands attend Mexico’s annual unique and whimsical “La Noche de Rabanos” or “Night of the Radishes Festival.” Amateur and professional artists carve radishes into myriads of shapes, including wildlife, people and architecture. Displays of the nativity scene pay tribute as well showcasing the winter radish as a “true work of art.”

So, make a Radishcal choice! Spice it up with some winter-sown radishes.



Roasted Winter Radishes

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Line a low sided baking pan with heavy foil.


6-8 winter radishes (Red Meat, Black Spanish)

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced fine or pressed

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary minced

1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

1/3 cup fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Trader Joes Quatro Formaggio


Slice off tips and tops from radishes. Cut each into 8 wedges.  Place radish wedges in a zip-type bag with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and salt. Close bag and turn over several times until the wedges are coated.  Place wedges on a baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes until golden.  Remove from oven to a heat proof bowl.  Add cheese and honey. Toss until coated. Serve hot. Makes about 6 servings as a side dish.



Rare Seeds

Terroir Seeds

Seed Sources:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

They have Round Black Spanish; Chinese Shawg Fruit; Chinese Red Meat; Sakurajima Giant, Japanese Wasabi and Japanese Daikon.



JCMGA Working Groups Summaries

By Beet 2023 09 September



Community Outreach Working Group

  • Have been working with the Member Services WG to create a “Friends of the Garden” proposal.
  • There have been more Master Gardeners who are interested in being a part of the Speakers Bureau.
  • We are continuing to investigate how to better support the Spanish speaking community in our valley.
  • We are looking at how to rejuvenate the Community Gardens and also provide them with support.
  • JCMGA has been invited to participate in the 2024 Josephine County Home Show at the Grants Pass fairgrounds (Feb. 16, 17, and 18) and the Southern Oregon Home Show at Expo in Central Point (May 3, 4, and 5). The COWG thought these both may be feasible, especially if JCMGA partnered with the Josephine County MGA. Although the May dates overlap the Spring Garden Fair, which will be held on the SOREC campus again, master gardeners who are less physically active may want to staff an information table at the home show instead of assisting at the SGF.



chair is Sandy Hammond

The Fundraising Working Group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 1:00 in the conference room at the SOREC Extension. We sure do welcome newcomers to attend with brainstorming ideas. Our next event will be the Fall Festival on Oct.14th at the extension. We are planning a native plant sale, Christmas items including wreaths and other decorations. We will also be selling beautiful garden art made by the Fundraising folks. We hope to have food and other plant vendors join us. We love new ideas and fun participation.


Garden Enhancement Working Group

Chair, Janine Salvatti

The “ART-IN, the Gardens – A plein air event for artists of all skill levels” was cancelled because of the air quality.  We hope to reschedule it later.

We have been busy planning the Glass Art Class for September 15th from 9-12 p.m.  The location has been changed to the greenhouse.


Marketing and Technology Working Group

chair is Marcia Harris

Working Group members gave updates on what they have done this past month in regard to technology and JCMGA.

Keltie Nelson will be stepping down to send out MailChimps – starting January 2024.  Nicole Smith will take over at that time.

At this point, there will not be a September meeting for this working group.


Member Services Working Group

chair is Barbara Low

The Annual JCMGA Picnic was a success.  We had 65 people respond that they would attend the picnic, but only 50 attended.  This may in part be due to the adverse weather and air quality.  We had several awards/recognitions to hand out (State, County, and Special JCMGA).

The Community Outreach Working Group and Member Services Working Group have worked together to create and fine tune the “Friends of the Garden” proposal.  We will be presenting this proposal at the September Board meeting.


Winter Dreams Summer Gardens Working Group

chairs are Colet Allen, Susan Koenig, and Barbara Low

We have been busy organizing the Winter Dreams Summer Gardens 2023 Symposium.  This virtual event will be October 27, 28, November 3, and 4.   We have updated the registration form