Thanks for attending the presentation at the OMGA’s 2018 Growing Gardeners conference.

Presentation slides coming soon!

Here are the links mentioned in my presentation (current as of 7/9/18):

Oregon State University Department of Horticulture

Garden Ecology Lab (G. Langellotto)

Ornamental Plant Breeding Program website and Facebook (R. Contreras)

Eat Winter Squash project (A. Stone)

Culinary Breeding Network (L. Selman)

Barley World (P. Hayes)

OSU Master Gardener Advanced Training webinar series: 2018 & 2017

Reading about OSU Research:

Terra

Oregon’s Agricultural Progress

OSU Extension news releases

An important part of being a Master Gardener is staying current on the latest horticultural science.  With that in mind, OSU Extension has developed a webinar series to supplement other classes you may take this year.  The webinars will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and each topic is presented by OSU experts.  Remember, you need at least 10 hours of approved education by October 31 to be recertified.  Each webinar in this series is approved for 1 hour of continuing education.

What is a webinar?  A webinar is a seminar that is presented over the internet.  The presenter(s) will show slides and photos while they are speaking on their topic.  There is a Q&A box to enter your questions.  Each webinar will be ~40 minutes long and followed by a moderated Q&A session.

How do I participate? For more information on each session click the link below.
Once you’re there, click on the “Location” link to pre-register for the webinar and get emailed reminders.  There is no cost to participate and the webinars are open to all.  If you can’t attend the live webinar, a recording will be available at a later date.

Upcoming Live Webinars

5/31 at 11am PST Dealing with Darling Dastardly Deer presented by Dr. Dana Sanchez

6/28 at 11am PST Practical Food Safety in the Garden presented by Sara Runkel

7/26 at 11am PST Meet the New Neighbors: Emerging Pest Issues in Oregon presented by Robin Rosetta

8/30 at 11am PST The Latest Research on Bees in the Garden: Results from the OSU Garden Ecology Lab presented by Dr. Gail Langellotto

 

Recorded 2018 Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners

Frontiers in Slug & Snail Management presented by Dr. Rory Mc Donnell

Hybridization and Tetraploids and Chromosomes, Oh My! Understanding Plant Breeding for Disease Resistance presented by Dr. Ryan Contreras

Identifying & Managing the Bronze Birch Borer presented by Nicole Sanchez

Powdery mildew: Biology & Management in the Garden presented by Dr. Jay Pscheidt

 

Thanks to feedback from Master Gardeners across the state we have a great lineup of webinar topics & speakers for spring 2018.  Get a jump on your continuing education hours!

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An important part of being a Master Gardener is staying current on the latest horticultural science.  With that in mind, OSU Extension has developed a webinar series to supplement other classes you may take this year.  The webinars will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and each topic is presented by OSU experts.  Remember, you need at least 10 hours of approved education by October 31 to be recertified.  Each webinar in this series is approved for 1 hour of continuing education.

What is a webinar?  A webinar is a seminar that is presented over the internet.  The presenter(s) will show slides and photos while they are speaking on their topic.  There is a chat box to enter your questions.  Each webinar will be ~40 minutes long and followed by a moderated Q&A session.

How do I participate? For more information on each session click the link below.
Once you’re there, click on the “Location” link to pre-register for the webinar and get emailed reminders.  There is no cost to participate and the webinars are open to all.  If you can’t attend the live webinar, a recording will be available at a later date.

Spring 2018 Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners

1/29 at 11 am PST Frontiers in Slug & Snail Management presented by Dr. Rory Mc Donnell

2/12 at 10 am PST Hybridization and Tetraploids and Chromosomes, Oh My! Understanding Plant Breeding for Disease Resistance presented by Dr. Ryan Contreras

3/12 at 11am PST Identifying & Managing the Bronze Birch Borer presented by Nicole Sanchez

4/16 at 11am PST Powdery mildew: Biology & Management in the Garden presented by Dr. Jay Pscheidt

 

An important part of being a Master Gardener is staying current on the latest horticultural science.  With that in mind, OSU Extension has developed a webinar series to supplement other classes you may have taken this year.  This year, the webinars will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and each topic is presented by OSU experts.  Remember, you need at least 10 hours of approved education by October 31 to be recertified.  Each webinar in this series is approved for 1 hour of continuing education.

What is a webinar?  A webinar is a seminar that is presented over the internet.  The presenter(s) will show slides and photos while they are speaking on their topic.  There is a chat box to enter your questions.  Each webinar will be ~40 minutes long and followed by a moderated Q&A session.

How do I participate? Click on the graphic below which will open a PDF.  Then you can click on the links for more details and to register.  There is no cost to participate.  If you can’t attend the live webinar, a recording will be available at a later date.

 

Interesting find during the first Plant Problem Walk of the season for Linn & Benton County Master Gardeners.  I had pre-scouted problems at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture and identified rust on this Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium).

When we came back a week later for the tour the underside of the new leaves were covered with adult whiteflies! (Resource from the PNW Insect Management Handbook)

Here are a closeup of an adult and eggs taken with my new toy, I mean USB microscope.

Caught this one in action unfolding it’s new wings:

The first 2017 Garden Pest Update for the mid-Willamette Valley has some interesting finds.  This episode was filmed at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture on the OSU Campus.  Scroll down for resources on the problems mentioned in the video.

Sunburn on Rhododendron

Dealing with thistle: a perennial & hard to manage weed

Aphid Management Guidelines

Rust on Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

 

Not mentioned in the video but fun finds during the recent MG Plant Problem Walk:

Ash Anthracnose

Whitefly adult and eggs on new foliage of Oregon Grape (left). (Close up photos coming soon! New: Check out the blog post for closeup & video)

 

 

Interesting example of communicating research results to different audiences:

The original research paper studying genetics of tomato flavor

—–> The article for a science-minded (but not expert) audience 

—–> The general popular press article

—–>The video (What do you think about how they planted the tomato seed? I cringed a little bit!)

As a Master Gardener, what format(s) would you like to see more of?

This material was presented at the Oregon Master Gardener Association’s 2016 Mini-College.  

Microgreens are easy and fun to grow. They are great for garnishing sandwiches and salads.  Microgreens can be also be used in classroom settings to teach botany (and grow a snack!).   In this presentation, I covered:

  • The difference between sprouts, microgreens and baby greens
  • The uses for microgreens
  • How to grow in soil and hydroponically (Handout from class)
  • Troubleshooting common problems

During the talk, I refer to a published paper that discussed the health profiles of different microgreens.  You can view the entire paper here.  Keep in mind that the amount of total amount of published research on microgreens is small.  Most research has focused on growing & handling methods to avoid food borne illness or extend shelf-life.

When purchasing seeds, it is most economical to purchase in bulk.  You can find seeds locally at garden centers or online retailers.  Johnny Seeds is one possible resource.  They have a great catalog with color photos that compares growing characteristics and flavor descriptions.

Here is a shortened version of my presentation (complete slide set):

 

Ah, summer- the season of university field days.  These half-day events are a way for growers to directly connect with Oregon State University agricultural researchers.  Field days are actually held in fields-usually at an OSU research farm or an Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  Researchers lead tours to describe the latest results from their trial fields and demonstrate the latest equipment advances.

I was lucky to attend the strawberry, blueberry and ornamental plant breeding field days earlier this summer.  Most of the information presented is for the commercial grower (think large scale harvesting equipment, pesticide regulations, etc.).  But, there is quite a bit of information that you can use in your own garden, too.  It’s interesting to observe new cultivars that haven’t been released for sale at local garden centers, yet.  Key takeaways relevant to the home gardener are captured in the following short (<3 min) videos.  Enjoy!