News for the Horticulture Department

Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

Don’t buy seed-starting mix, make your own for less money (Oregonian)

Don’t buy seed-starting mix, make your own for less money (Oregonian)
Home gardeners can start vegetable and flower seedlings indoors from four to 12 weeks before the last average spring frost in their area, which means it’s time to get started. Making homemade planting medium can be more economical than buying a sterile mix at the store, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Seeds of dreams (Register-Guard)

Seeds of dreams (Register-Guard)
Cynthia Waters, an OSU Extension Service-Lane County Master Gardener, recommends planting marigolds around vegetable beds as a form of pest control. The flowers can be golden yellow, red or orange and require little care once planted, although they are not cold tolerant. Marigolds’ strong smell seems to discourage flying pests such as whiteflies, which attack tomatoes and peppers, and carrot flies.

EM 9132, Are Your Weed-control Products Damaging Nearby Vineyards?

EM 9132, Are Your Weed-control Products Damaging Nearby Vineyards?
Michael Kennedy, Patty Skinkis
New. A brief guide for anyone living near a vineyard to understand the damaging effects that common herbicides can have on grapevines. With the Oregon grape industry growing rapidly near urban boundaries throughout the state, herbicides used in home gardens and residential and urban landscapes can cause serious damage to local vineyards.

EM 8975, Recognize the Symptoms and Causes of Stunted Growth in Vineyards

EM 8975, Recognize the Symptoms and Causes of Stunted Growth in Vineyards
P. Skinkis, V. Walton, A. J. Dreves, C. Kaiser, S. Renquist, S. Castagnoli, R. Hilton, L. Brewer
Revision. Apps are new. Spring frost, herbicide drift, water or nutrient stress, diseases, and insect and mite pests can cause similar symptoms of stunting or distorted growth in grapevines. Recognizing the symptoms and distinguishing their causes is the first step in diagnosing problems and developing a management plan. With many color photos, this publication will help you identify probable causes of distorted shoot and vine growth in vineyards and direct you to other resources that can lead to solutions.

Gearing Up for Gardening: The Year of the Veggie, FREE talk series at the Corvallis Library

Gearing Up for Gardening: The Year of the Veggie, FREE talk series at the Corvallis Library: Mark your calendars! These talks will be held noon- 1 p.m. every Tuesday in January and February. Seminars are free and open to the public. Each talk will feature a different topic in vegetable gardening. Click here for the schedule. Hosted by the Benton County Master Gardeners.