June 2019

Editor - Linda Goldser (6.22..1)
Under Construction

 Our friend Pete Jacobson started and has edited the DemoGardenNews (DGN) for several years. He recently turned this task over to me. As with any job, when a new person comes onboard they have to “make it their own” and so we are re-structuring the DGN format from what it has been.  It is just a different view of the same thing.

 The DemoGardenNews is meant to be a monthly newsletter for our Multnomah County Master Gardener gardens and gardeners. I am still getting into the groove and need your help with content. Let me know what you would like to see covered in this publication.  Anyone wanting to send something in to be published in a future issue, please send to demogardennews@gmail.com . We are looking for anything that you might wish to share with other gardeners. Do you have expertise in something others would be interested in? Do you want to know about something that others might know about?  I am expecting this publication to morph over time with input and suggestions from you.

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General Garden Update - June

  • We have two gardens, the original Demonstration Garden and the more recent Annex Garden

  • On a normal workday, between our two gardens, we can have 8 to 25 Master Gardener Perennials, 3 to 8 Master Gardener Interns and now & then we get a community volunteer who will show up to help out.

  • Our cool weather crops are just about ending and will be replaced by summer crops

  • Soil temperatures in both gardens have been over 60ºF, so most warm season crops can be, or have been sown.

  • Seedlings are being thinned and direct & pre-sprouted bean seeds & pumpkin starts are being planted

  • At the main Demo Garden…..

    • We continue to harvest and work our magic on the many daily maintenance tasks it takes to make it the beautiful and productive garden that it is.

  • At the Annex…..

    • Much of the infrastructure is completed as far as the garden vegetable beds and irrigation are concerned

    • Perennial beds are looking beautiful with lush vegetation & many shrubs in bloom

    • We are currently in the process of working to complete the Herb Bed and the Children’s Garden and improving our storage options, washing station and continuing to work on our native beds.

    • Of course there are the ever-constant maintenance tasks that need to be completed on every workday to keep the garden looking good so we can put our best foot forward.

    • We always have to remember that at the Annex, we are a public garden on scheduled workdays.

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Our Harvest   

  • The produce we harvest at our gardens is donated to local nonprofits, clinics and schools. We have a few dedicated gardeners who make these deliveries on our scheduled workdays.

  • In June we are harvesting lettuce, green onions, peas, carrots, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, pac choi, some huge radishes and even some summer squash & blueberries.

  • Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash are setting fruit; beans are starting to climb their trellises and blueberries are beginning to ripen. 

Saturday workdays

  • Our Saturday workday for June was on 6/15. It started out slow but we did get some important work done - we are hoping for a better turn-out at our future Saturday workdays.

  • We hold one Saturday workday each month (May through October on the 3rd Saturday of the month) as requested by those who cannot make our weekday times.

  • Our next Saturday work day is planned for 7/20 from 9-12, we need you, so come have fun with us and let’s learn from each other.

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Classes at our Garden  

  • In June, Eleanor Burke has held a Garden Art Mosaic Class with great success

    • The class brought in 16 people, 12 who would not otherwise see our garden and a few of those have shown interest in coming back for a future garden class

    • Our next Garden Art Mosaic Class will be in held in August - email eleanor.burke.hardin@gmail.com for more information

  • In April we held our Propagation Workshops at the Demo Garden and we are currently working on future classes to be held at the Annex

Upcoming Events

  • July - Mt Scott Fuel Anniversary Celebration 7/20 - we will have a Master Gardener clinic table at this event which is being lead by Xuan Sibell

  • August - BackYard Habitat Open Gardens 8/17 & 8/18 - held at the Annex which was awarded the Silver Level last fall when our perennials were in their first year of growth, this event is being lead by Nancy Fine 

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Plant of the Month - Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'  

  • A unique and striking North American native with unusual two-toned flowers backed by very fine aromatic green foliage and is resistant to rabbits & deer.

  • This evergreen perennial thrives in sun, is drought tolerant once established and grows vigorously up to 3 feet. It can be propagated by softwood cuttings in early summer

  • The blooms appear late spring & continuously through the hottest of summers until the first frost.

  • Extremely attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

Bad bug(s) of the month

This month we have two bad, bad bugs - so far we think we have both under control in our gardens with diligent hand- picking, which seems, at this time, to be a reasonable control measure without harming our beloved pollinators. But diligence is a must as these critters can multiply when you turn your back, or between garden days. Look both of these guys up in your trusty garden books to find out their life cycles which will help you rid your garden of these pests the organic way. 

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The cabbage butterfly...those lovely white butterflies you see in May & June lay eggs which hatch into small green worms that love anything in the cabbage family and can grow quite large before turning back into those lovely butterflies again, so pick & destroy them when you see them, that is, if you can find them...they are the same color as the leaves they devour.

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The striped cucumber beetle is about ¼ inch of cute, but the adult beetle can turn a leaf into lace very quickly and can lay many, many eggs which turn into tiny larvae that chew up the roots and stems, so if they don’t get you one way, they can get you the other. Hand pick and destroy the adult beetles and be quick as they do fly. They love cucumber and squash and can also harm the flowers which can affect the crop.These beetles can also carry plant diseases….like I said….bad, bad bugs!

Garden locations & regular work days & times

Come join us on our Monday and Thursday work days from 9:00 to 12:00. No need to sign up, just come on out and get your hands dirty - rain or shine. Also join us for our Saturday work days which are the 3rd Saturday of the month through October.

  • The Demo Garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Ave, between SE Duke and Flavel Streets, across from Brentwood Park.

  • Access to the Annex garden is through a pedestrian gate at 6630 SE 57th Ave; look for the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden banner inside the gate; parking is on the street, follow the gravel path through the orchard to the garden.

Contact demogardennews@gmail.com for any questions, suggestions, ideas…..