Gardening News and Links from Oregon State University

E-News for Northwest Gardeners, November 2009 (volume 8, no. 11) Gardening News from OSU Extension Service and the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station The November 2009 issue of OSU's E-News for Northwest Gardeners is just a click away. You can forward the subscription to gardening friends. Ask them to send an email to: It's free and easy! TIME TO CLEAN, MULCH, COVER, PROTECT, STORE — WINTER'S ON THE WAY IN THE GARDEN

Take care with fresh apple juice and cider
If you plan to squeeze your own apples for cider or juice, precautions might be in order.

Compost to recycle in your own backyard
You can start a recycling factory in your own backyard by re-thinking the leaves at your feet and withered tomato plants in the garden as valuable organic materials.

Match houseplant needs to their environment
As hours of daylight grow fewer, gardeners can turn their focus indoors to house plants that are sometimes neglected, or at least overlooked, during Oregon’s outdoor summer dance.

The easiest way to control plant disease
You can save yourself heartache and money next year if you choose disease-resistant plant varieties for next year’s garden.


OSUgardeners Twitter site “tweets” helpful information
If you like to “tweet” on Twitter, check OSUgardeners every week for new and popular OSU information on gardening, as well as nutrition and healthy living.

Special food issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress debuts
The special Food in Oregon issue of the magazine Oregon’s Agricultural Progress is getting rave reviews and is available online.

Fruit fly, Spotted Wing Drosophila, identified in wine grapes
Fruit growers and researchers are concerned about the recent discovery of a Spotted Wing Drosophila fly in a sample of Willamette Valley wine grapes.

Video shows Keizer family becoming Food Heroes
Color has become the main attraction in chicken tacos and on pizza at the Matthew and Brittany Powell home in Keizer.

Prepare now to survive a West Coast tsunami
Patrick Corcoran teaches people who live in or visit Oregon coastal areas three key things they need to know about tsunamis.

Poor in rural Oregon face ‘double binds’ when getting food
A new study by OSU researchers shows that those in poverty in rural Oregon face tough choices between eating well and spending less money for meals.

Things to do in your garden this month.

Gardening tips from OSU Extension’s radio archive. Turn on your speakers and visit the links below:

Pressing apples for cider

Chamomile tea

Note to media outlets: At the beginning of each month, we send out these timely garden and natural resource articles as OSU Extension’s monthly electronic “Northwest Gardeners e-News” magazine, which can be accessed online at:

Also, the OSU Extension Service sends out one new “Lawn and Garden Notes” article every week. To receive this weekly OSU gardening article, e-mail your request to:

You may also want to bookmark the OSU Extension Service’s “Gardening Encyclopedia” webpage. From one spot, you can link to hundreds of OSU garden articles; publications; online guides to weed, pest and disease control; garden calendars; radio programs; the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program; local county Extension offices; and urban entomology Web sites.

Feel free to contact Peg Herring or Judy Scott with questions or feedback. They can be reached by mail at Extension and Experiment Station Communications, Oregon State University, 422 Kerr Admin. Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331-2119, by telephone at 541-737-3311, and by e-mail at or

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