Thank you for attending the session at the 2020 Insights Into Gardening conference! Here are links to the resources mentioned during the presentation:

View the presentation slides here:

Your favorite flavorful varieties (crowd sourced during the presentation):

Harry’s Tasty Tomato Page (Univ. of Florida):

Organizing a taste test:
Seed Savers has good tips:

University of Florida tomato breeding program:
Garden Gem

Dry Farming/Gardening:
OSU Master Gardener webinar from 2019:
OPB story:

Location: OSU’s Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

Samples found in the landscape:


Whitefly on landscape plants


Spittle Bug


Samples that were brought from the Plant Clinic:

Recognizing Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Extension publication and MG Webinar) Note: all the webinars can be found here (scroll down for previous years).

Azalea Bark Scale


European Pine Sawfly

Azalea with Leaf and Flower Gall

Azalea Bark Scale


Thanks for attending the 2019 Insights into Gardening Conference and the Growing Peppers presentation.

Here are the resources shared during the presentation:

PDF of Slide Presentation


OSU Extension Catalog:

  • EM-8777-17 Vegetable Variety Trials 2017
  • EC 1227 Grow Your Own Peppers
  • EM 9027 Growing Your Own (general guide for veggie gardening)


Pacific Northwest Pest Management Handbooks:

Place to research pepper pest problems (diseases and insect issues)


OSU Extension Master Food Preserver publications

  • Preserving Foods: Peppers


Still need help? Contact your OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers!


OSU Extension Benton County

4077 SW Research Way

Corvallis, OR 97333


OSU Extension Linn County

33630 McFarland Road

Tangent, OR 97389




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)


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:

Oregon Forests & Climate Change blog:

Citizen Science on Plant Phenology:

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:  Local training from OSU Extension on potential invasive insects affecting trees:

What to spray to treat Azalea 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: