Monday, September 23, 2019

Cover Crops: October 1 at Cottage Grove Garden Club

A cover crop is a crop of plants grown primarily to benefit the soil rather than yield a crop. They are often used in the off-season, after harvesting, and may grow over the winter. Cover crops can help increase your soil fertility and can bring many improvements to the health of your garden.

Crimson Clover
On October 1st, Christina Bixel with the OSU Extension Master Gardeners will join the Cottage Grove Garden Club to talk about cover crops. In this program, Christina will discuss how a small investment in a cover crop can bring a myriad of benefits to your soil. She will also discuss the best varieties to grow, when to sow them, and different methods to incorporate these amazing “green manure” crops into your garden planning schedule. Come join us and get a whole new perspective on cover crops!

Christina has been an OSU Extension Master Gardener since 2012, with a specialty in plant diagnostics and additional training in composting. She is the past president of the Lane County Master Gardeners Association and provides lectures throughout the county on a wide range of topics.

The Cottage Grove Garden Club is a local organization with the mission of expanding our interests and building lifelong friendships while bettering our community and the environment through sustainable gardening practices.

Christina will present Cover Crops Tuesday October 1, at Cottage Grove Garden Club, meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (enter off the garden on 3rd Street). The Garden Club’s informal business meeting begins at 6PM and the presentation begins at 7PM. Guests and visitors welcome.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Gardeners and Climate Change

When gardeners maximize carbon storage without making too much global-warming pollution in the process, we slow the pace of climate change. Here are some ideas:

Protect your soil and keep it healthy 

• Cover exposed ground to decrease water use, curb erosion, and protect soil microbes. Try using mulch, leaving plants after they’ve died back, growing ground covers, strategically allowing weeds, or planting winter vegetables.
• Read instructions on fertilizers. Improper use can damage beneficial soil.

Plant trees 

• Trees can absorb/store as much as a ton of atmospheric carbon pollution.
• Shade trees planted near a home can reduce energy used for summer cooling.

Grow your own food 

• Try inter-planting veggies in the ornamental garden, planting fruit trees, or growing food in containers.

Compost 

• Composting reduces waste going to landfills, increases soil quality, and improves nutrition levels in the foods you grow.

Reduce or eliminate use of synthetic chemicals 

• Synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers kill beneficial organisms in the soil. Gardening chemical-free also reduces your costs.

Reduce the use of gas-powered garden tools 

• Use human-power more often (for example, use a rake not a leaf blower).
• Reduce or eliminate the need for gas-powered tools (for example, remove your grass lawn altogether).

Be a curious, informed gardener 

• We can all learn more. Talk with other gardeners, experiment, pay attention to changes in the garden, be curious.
• Join Cottage Grove Garden Club, where we often talk about these topics.


The Cottage Grove Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, from 6-8 pm, in the Friendship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon.


References
NWF: https://www.nwf.org/Our-Work/Environmental-Threats/Climate-Change/Greenhouse-Gases/Gardening-for-Climate-Change

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gardening Forum and Succulent Exchange: Tuesday Sept 3


We all have questions about gardening, whether we are new to gardening or have been gardening for decades we all have questions. We all, also, have answers and experiences to share.

Back by popular demand, on Tuesday September 3, Cottage Grove Garden Club will be hosting a Gardening Forum. After a summer of gardening, you probably have some questions on your mind, so bring them to garden club as well as your ideas, experiences, and answers, because at this round-table discussion we will be answering each-others gardening questions.

We'll also be hosting an informal succulent exchange, if you've got succulents or cacti to share, please bring them down to garden club, making sure to note if they are indoor or outdoor plants, as well as any other characteristics.

Please join us, as we gather for our first meeting after the summer break.

Garden Club's informal business meeting begins at 6 PM and the succulent exchange will happen during the refreshment break, before the Gardening Forum at 8 PM.

All guests and visitors welcome. Light refreshments provided. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon, enter off the garden on Adams Street.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Keeping Your Garden Healthy: June 4 at Cottage Grove Garden Club

For gardeners, spring brings the excitement of preparing for another season of fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. With the warming of the soil and longer daylight hours, seeds and bulbs sprout and trees bud into bloom. Gardeners around Cottage Grove envision an abundant harvest as we shop, till, and plant.

Soon we will be easing into summer, and our goal will shift to keeping our gardens healthy and sustainable. We want the maximum yield possible from the fruits of our labors -- large and vigorous vegetables to fill our tummies and bright flowers to gaze upon.

On Tuesday, June 4, Cottage Grove Garden Club will welcome Christina Bixel, who will talk about ways to keep our gardens healthy. Christina will discuss small daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that will maintain optimum yield and help gardeners achieve success, growing both flowers and vegetables.

Christina has been an OSU Extension Master Gardener since 2012, with a specialty in plant diagnostics and additional training in composting. She is the past president of the Lane County Master Gardeners Association and provides lectures throughout the county on a wide range of topics.

The Cottage Grove Garden Club is a local organization with the mission of expanding our interests and building lifelong friendships while bettering our community and the environment through sustainable gardening practices.

Christina will present Keeping Your Garden Healthy Tuesday June 4, at Cottage Grove Garden Club, meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (enter off the garden on 3rd Street). The Garden Club’s informal business meeting begins at 6PM and the presentation begins at 7PM. Guests and visitors welcome.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Firewise Gardening: May 7th Program


The Willamette Valley is known for its abundant rainfall and lush landscapes, but summer heat and the abundance of fuels can leave the valley just as vulnerable to wildfire as any other fire-prone area of the state. Especially this year, with the damage caused by the snow storm and heavy April rains.

Gardeners in Cottage Grove can decrease the potential for damage to their home and property by incorporating Firewise USA principles. These principles include maintaining a 30’ flammable-free area around the home and using fire-resistant plants in the landscaping. Fire-resistant plants are those with moist, supple leaves and low resin content. They are slow to ignite, slowing or stopping the spread of a fire. Fire-resistant, however, does not mean fireproof. All plants have the potential to burn if they are neglected.

On Tuesday, May 7, Cottage Grove Garden Club welcomes Kristin Babbs from Keep Oregon Green to talk about Firewise Gardening. Keep Oregon Green is a statewide association that has been educating the public on fire prevention for the past 75 years. This presentation will highlight the Firewise USA program, the need for defensible space, and the use of fire-resistant plants that thrive in the Willamette Valley’s weather conditions.

Kristin Babbs is the President and CEO of the Keep Oregon Green Association, where she develops partnerships and coordinates activities to help Oregon’s residents and tourists become aware and knowledgeable of their role and responsibility in the prevention of wildfires.

Ms. Babbs will talk about Firrewise Gardening to the Cottage Grove Garden Club on Tuesday May 7, at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (enter off the garden on 3rd Street). The Garden Club’s informal business meeting begins at 6p.m. and Ms. Babbs’ presentation begins at 7p.m. Guests and visitors welcome.