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):

 

Slides & Resources from 6/18/2016 presentation in Lane County for the Home Orchard Management class series.  This presentation focuses on the fundamentals of pest & disease management for home orchard production.  Emphasis is on IPM and introducing Extension resources.

Slide set:  Slide deck (online show at Slide Share)

Resources:

Cultivar Susceptibility to select diseases from PNW Disease Handbook (Apple, Cherry, Hazelnut, Pears)

OSU Extension publication: Managing Diseases & Insects in Home Orchards

OSU Extension catalog: Fruit & Nuts category

Online Phenology & Degree-day Models

PNW Handbooks (Diseases, Insects, Weeds)

 

Slides and resources from my presentation to the OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners.  Covered an overview of climate change and how that can affect the phenology of garden plants as well as changing pest pressures.

Slide deck:


Resources:
http://climate.nasa.gov
https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/
Oregon Forests & Climate Change blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/orforestscc/

Citizen Science on Plant Phenology:
https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook
http://oregonseasontracker.forestry.oregonstate.edu

Gardening in the Global Greenhouse (from UK scientists): Summary  Full Text

Follow-up on audience questions (if I missed one, just click ‘leave a reply’ above)

Is there a list of ash tree alternatives? Choose anything but ash (Fraxinus sp.) to avoid loss to Emerald Ash Borers.  Good general source of information: http://www.emeraldashborer.info  Local training from OSU Extension on potential invasive insects affecting trees: http://pestdetector.forestry.oregonstate.edu/programs/registration-and-online-course

What to spray to treat Azalea Lace Bug? http://insect.pnwhandbooks.org/hort/landscape/hosts-and-pests/azalea-rhododendron-azalea-and-rhododendron-lace-bug Robin Rosetta with the OSU Extension Nursery IPM program has indicated that the nymphs are emerging.  This stage in the life cycle is especially vulnerable to contact insecticides (this is different from the systemic insecticide that the questioner mentioned).  Labeled insecticidal soaps and neem-based products may be a good choice.  Good coverage of the underside of leaves will be necessary.

Recent change in USDA Hardiness zones-does that indicate global warming? “Climate changes are usually based on trends in overall average temperatures recorded over 50-100 years. Because the USDA PHZM represents 30-year averages of what are essentially extreme weather events (the coldest temperature of the year), changes in zones are not reliable evidence of whether there has been global warming.”  From: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/AboutWhatsNew.aspx