Tuesday, November 24, 2015


This week looks actually pretty good for the Willamette
Valley, with highs - 41 to45 and lows 25 to 31 so chilly. 
Early cold and later in the week cold but 5 days of sun,
which also means cold nights.  The roads are slick with
 road oil so be more careful.  If snow, let the crazies go ahead. 

Bend - really cold.  Highs  28-41 and lows  5 to 25,
snow early and then late in the week, two days cloudy
and 4 days of sun.

Final lawn mowing, rack leaves or use your mulching
lawn mower to pulverize the leaves and then place in
the garden or in the flower beds as protective much.

Many fruit trees are holding on to their leaves, so general
rule - wait until the leaves have fallen to ensure the trees
are dormant before pruning.

Friday, November 20, 2015

This week

For the Willamette valley
Lows 24-35 so cold;  highs - 41-47 so not very warm. 
Two days of rains with scattered clouds and sun.
Central Oregon - low 13- 38 and highs 26-48, sunny
with a few day of clouds.

Cole crops still kind of growing the in the cold weather.
Prolonged 24 will damage most cole crops. Evenings
need a hoop or green house of protection.

Continue to mulch tender plants.  Pruning can continue.
No. 24 - thru Dec. is growers vacation time.  Time to
kick back and rest for the year.

However, some will star the holiday market season usually
 starts right after Thanksgiving until Christmas on the
weekends.  Check local markets for times and places.

Check local farm stands as a few will be open through
the holidays.

Go to the OSU Lane County Extension web site for
 info on the local Core pesticide training times and
location for the local Extension offices.

Monday, November 16, 2015

This week

Cool weather again for the next 8 days.  Lows from 37 to 46 and highs from 47 to 56 degrees.  Good indicators that the growing season is coming to a close.

Most farm stands are closed but a few are still open.  Call to make sure they are open but mostly open during the weekends.

Pumpkins, winter squash, apples, pears and canned products.

Winter gardens still going strong.  Warm season veggies not doing well with the cold weather unless protected under plastic.

Mulch tender plants.  Mulch roses, blueberries.  Don't mulch raspberries as mulch will cause root rot unless for just a few cold nights.

Pruning tree fruits is in full swing.  Prune raspberries.  Wait until February to do grapes but depends on how much you have.  General pruning November thru March.

Drain water from equipment and add a little anti freeze.  Drain all irrigation systems now that it is raining.

Central Oregon - cooler; with lows 26 to 37 and highs 43 to 50.  Rained expected 4 out of 8 days and lots of clouds.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kyrgyzstan 2015

Kyrgyzstan – November 2015
Our trip to Kyrgyzstan has been a great one.  We visit different villages each day and get to teach local growers and women how to care for their orchards and do budgets, make hand creams, lip balms and home products. 
While here (Bokonbaevo village on the south side of Lake Issykul, Kyrgyzstan) we visited a felt factory where they make high quality felt AND the felt for what I call REAL yurts.
Reality – we needed to get a visa off for our next coming trip.  The visa in a PDF and can’t be saved.  I got the Adobe Pro but it wasn’t working.  So to the local computer shop.  I had saved the PDF and it was mostly done.  We printed off the form by wifi in the computer office.  Then Kate filled out the form, we scanned the form so we could send the form off for getting the visa.  The form couldn’t be saved as a PDF so had to be saved as a Word document.  Then my Flash drive I was told had a virus but I checked it the day before, but who knows.
So, if we were at home this would have taken 5 minutes, it took almost an hour to get this done.    Kind of like walking back in time.  But it got done.  This cost 75 coms or just over $1.00USD.
Out in the field we have run across some traditions that are not good traditions.  1 – many people STILL think that pruning their tree will kill or hurt the tree.  I have tried for 50 years to kill a tree, any tree.  Not been successful yet.  So they are very timid at pruning.  They ARE pruning but very timidly. 2- They irrigate the trees right against the trunk.  So the trunk and roots are wet a good portion of the time, PLUS they dig a hole to hold the water right at the trunk so we are seeing root rot AND what is called crown rot.  We explain that the tree roots that absorb the water and fertilizer are out at the drip line and the water and fertilizer needs to be absorbed at the drip line, not near the trunk.  Fortunately I see a lot of nodding heads.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Weather from around the area

From Rufus

Chilly start to a wet week ahead.
 The center low of our Friday the 13th storm is now
 progged to move onshore much farther north, this system 
will pack quite a heavy rain field. Windy, too, although 
not as strong as original expectations. Western WA will 
get the most impact from the storm. Brief interlude during
 the weekend before the second strong storm arrives overnight 
Sunday. HEAVY rain in western WA, with OR also getting
 moderate rain, as well. Breezy. Chilly and damp in the PNW 
Tue/Wed Nov 17,18 with plenty of mountain snowfall. More
 rain with the third system due in Thu.

Uncertainty remains for the weekend of Nov 21,22. The trend
 has been for drier days, but with the potential for a northerly 
flow aloft to usher in the colder air mass of the season.

Easy to get an overall picture of the next couple of weeks: on 
and off rain, with great mountain snow. Borderline concern
 remains for localized flooding - mainly for the coastal streams
/rivers in western WA. Even CA will get in on some of the
 precipitation.  Rufus

For Eugene Springfield - rain 7 out of 10 next days, with
 lows 33 to 47 and highs 48-58.

For central Oregon, rain 3 out of 8 days;  lows 33-43 F, 
and highs 43 to 58 F. 

So according to weather guru's similar temps in the 
valley as in central Oregon.

With the rain, the irrigation systems can go away.  With
 the cooler temps, begin to protect roses, camellia, and 
mulch strawberry and blueberry plants.

November thru March - time to prune blueberries and 
tree fruits.  If you have only a few plants, it is best to 
wait until March.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This week

It looks like our great Indian summer has come to an end,
with mostly rainy days, lows in the high 30's and highs in
the mid 50's for the Willamette valley.  Central Oregon looks
similar with a bit less rain, and cool temps; lows in the high
 20's and highs in the high 40's. 

Our long run of warm season crops are over.  As we get more
 colder temps, time to mulch any "tender" crops or plants.  For
the valley, cole crops are still doing well.

Time to put the irrigation systems to bed.  Drain they systems
 to prevent freezing.  I still think we are going to get some more
warm weather so keep on hose out or in a handy place.  Start
winterizing tools and equipment.  As in Bend the low 20's
freezes any water quickly.

Raspberries can be pruned.  Now that we are i n November,
 the typical pruning season is November thru March.  As long
as the leaves are off the trees and bushes.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weather upcomings - be prepared

Monday November 2

California is getting much needed rain from the leading
 edge of our Halloween weekend storm which dumped
 a lot of rain the Eugene – Springfield area. The system
 provided an amazing volume of water in a short period 
in many areas of the PNW, causing localized flooding 
including INSIDE a Portland light-rail train. For most of 
the days this week in the PNW, showers will pop up here
 and there. There remains the potential for FROST, should
 the sky clear overnight Tue or Wed.  Watch AM temp forecasts.

LOTS OF RAIN and mountain SNOW is coming. In fact, 
flood issues may very well be a key attribute of the upcoming 
wx pattern. The WET system following behind Thursday's
 'maybe rain' disturbance will arrive by Fri night. Colder air 
behind the storm will usher in a good amount of snowfall in 
the mountains, along with rain & progressively heavier 
showers in the lowlands on both sides of the Cascades. This 
is modeled for late Fri on through Monday night, Nov 9. 
'Southern and eastern OR could be slow to experience this 
particular storm serious, but by Sunday, everyone should be
 in on the action. Current charts do NOT indicate the weekend 
storm to be as wet as our Halloween Day storm.

Next will be a stronger front, timed to drop down from the 
NW Tue/Wed Nov 10,11. WINDY with heavy rain. A lot more 
SNOW in the mountains. It will turn notably colder at the 
surface for everyone. By Friday the 13th, a strong, windy, 
VERY WET "double punch" storm surge will arrive. With
 moisture training from Japan all the way across the pacific 
directly into the PNW, moderate-to-heavy rain bands will 
repeatedly slam into the region. The winds will be moderately
 strong, as well. Depending on which model run we accept, 
winds could approach damaging levels Sat/Sun, Nov 14,15 
esp given what will be saturated soils by that time.