By Margaret Bayne, OSU Extension Staff-retired, OSU Master Gardener

January 2018

Snow laden branches
Shake snow off branches to keep them from being damaged.
Photo by Denise Rattan, OSU

8 tips to gear up garden for cold weather.
(Kym Pokorny, OSU)

The International Space Station had a bright pop of orange, thanks to Astronaut commander Scott Kelly’s green thumb. “Last year, Kelly had to fight off mold that threatened to kill all the flowers in the space station’s mini-greenhouse.”
(Marcia Dunn, Associated Press, Seattle Times)

Honey bees fill ‘saddlebags’ with pollen. Read how they keep them gripped tight.
(Katherine Kornei,

A Systematic Approach to Diagnosing Plant Damage”.  While this was written almost 30 years ago, it is still used as the standard for diagnosing plant problems.
(James L. Green & Joe Capizzi, OSU, Otis Maloy, WSU)

Lady Beetle pupae
A Lady Beetle pupae.
Photo courtesy of Joseph Berger,

Don’t miss this webinar: 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Misidentified Pests in the Landscape.  Mark your calendars for March 2!

How to store pesticides over winter.
(NPIC, National Pesticide Information Center)

Watch as a man dismantles a giant wasps’ nest while they swarm around him!  This yellow jacket nest was so large it had multiple queens.  Scary!(Grace Lisa Scott, Inverse; via Business Insider)

Caterpillar attacks allow aphids to sneak up on plants.  A new study indicates that plants prioritize the protection of flowers over leaves and that simultaneous attack by aphids, caterpillars and bacteria leaves plants vulnerable to aphids but more protected from caterpillars.
(Wiley, via Science Daily News)

Moss in grass.
Moss in Grass.
Photo by Brian McDonald, OSU

Watch this informative video from OSU experts that demonstrates how to identify and eliminate moss from your lawn. It is a companion to OSU Extension publication EM 9175, “Managing Moss in Lawns in Western Oregon”.  See next entry for link to pdf.
(Brooke Edmunds, Alec Kowalewski, OSU, Youtube)

NEW PUBLICATION: “Managing Moss in Lawns in Western Oregon”.
(Brooke Edmunds, Alec Kowalewski, OSU, EM9175)

Revered, then reviled: Tracking the rise and fall of ivy.
(Adrian Higgins, Washington Post)

Take a listen! A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting and inspiring.

What’s the largest terrestrial organism?  It’s not what you think!
(Jesse Morrison, Mississippi State University, Soils Matter, Word Press)

In the Pacific Northwest, many new potential threats to natural landscapes and forests have emerged. Read about recent detections, including new species of whiteflies, lace bugs, sawflies, beetles, and earthworms.
(Robin Rosetta, OSU via, USDA Forest Service)

Are Traders and Traffickers Winning the Orchid Battle? “Orchids are wanted for everything from decoration to food and medicine, but illegal collectors could be wiping out species before we even know they exist.”
(Rachael Bale, Wildlife Watch, via National Geographic)

Poison ivy an unlikely hero in warding off exotic invaders?
(Pensoft team, Pensoft Blog)

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