Saturday, October 30, 2010


Voting is a privilege.


Another amazing day.
Fall and winter are coming and the signs are looking like a wet, cold winter so prepare.
Store empty hoses. Get tools out of the rain and the wet. Remove rust and cover in a little oil.
I am not quite ready to drain my irrigation system yet, but with the rain, maybe next week.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Continue racking leaves - mulch, mow, put into flower bed, around blueberries or raspberries.
Prune out dead raspberries.
Control weeds before mulching.
Lots of cutworms and army worms in lawns and on plants. Swish,spray with Bt. The excessive water is bringing them out of the lawns.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Rake leaves into the flower bed.
If dry mow leaves and use as mulch.
Harvest cole crops weekly.
Go get pumpkins - visit farm stands.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Clean the gutters.
Put tools away after cleaning.
Start putting hoses and sprinklers away.
Think about draining water lines.
Plan vacation!

Friday, October 22, 2010

What is happening?

Chard is growing good, nice red color. But lots of leaf miner in chard.
Cabbage - lots of head rot and white rot.
Brussels sprout doing very good- well aerated.
Pumpkins avoiding powdery mildew. Time to mow the lawn again.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Take time to get out ASAP to the local farmers markets and farm stores.
There is a lot of pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers and tree fruits.
Tree fruits will last thru the rain.
Tomatoes and grapes will suffer from the rain.
Hazelnut crops - many farms done.
Farm sales down.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another great day

Continue to grow the garden and fruits.
Harvest a few late raspberries.
Harvest and dry apples and pears.
Mow lawn - again. With the rain and sun, it is growing again.
Mow leaves on the lawn and use a mulch in the garden paths.
Cover compost soon to keep form getting tooo wet.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Extension office opens

The OSU Extension Service- Lane County Master Gardener/hort programs open to the public Monday, Oct. 18. The office hours are M-Th 10-2 and 3-5.

The MG hotline is 541 344-0265.

Bring in your samples!

Come visit the new office. Turn in your Master Gardener application ASAP.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Master Gardener Class- apply today

Deadline Monday, November 1, 2010

Application, More Information and Class Options at

OSU Extension Service Lane County
Master Gardener/Horticulture programs
783 Grant Street (between Garfield St. and Chambers St.)
Phone: 541-344-0265

The Master Gardener hotline is scheduled to open on Monday, October 18.
Hours will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Putting the garden to bed

Control weeds.
Leave the chickweed, it is a great cover crops.
Remove all unwanted weeds.
1- Remove all plants, add compost to keep the soil from being compacted.
2- Or do 1:, then replant cole crops, chard, garlci, cabbage, Brussellsw sprouts.
Mulch to keep soil from compacting. Control weeds.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall garden

Keep up with fall garden.
Decide to pit the garden to bed or keep going into the winter.
Control weeds, then heavily mulch.
Cover carrots, beets and potatoes.
Control aphids on broccoli and Brussell sprouts.
Replant garlic.
Basil still growing good.
Cut or pick chard and lettuce once a month.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More rain

With additional rain, it may be time to drain the irrigation system. During an Indian summer, the weather CAN be good until Nov. 15th.
Drain irrigation sprinklers and drain hoses.
Use sulfur on powdery mildew if good weather continues.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Watch for grape and tomato splitting. Harvest ASAP.
Lawns are growing again :( may need mowing.
Mow leaves that hit the lawn, they compost very nicely. If too may leaves, rake them into the flower beds and let the worms eat them.
Cole crops still doing nicely.
Found some very nice pumpkins out at the farm stands.
Don't delay!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Pick fall raspberries.
Pick figs.
Pick apples.
Fall crops still doing well.
Cabbage, beans, basil excellent.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Great weekend

Great time to make basil mixes.
Apples - dropping.
Pick fall raspberries.
Rain causing grass to grow.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Box elder bugs

Box elder bugs are back. The bug is beetle like, black and red. The babies are very bright red. They like white sides of houses and the south sides.
Garden spiders are out in big numbers and are quarter size. Still must be a lot of other critters around.