2017 Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens

Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association presents
Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens
A 1-day gardening symposium!
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This is Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association’s 20th year of offering classes on all aspects of gardening, for beginners, all the way through professionals in the landscape field.

This event includes over 30 different classes on subjects ranging from the wonders of soil, to gardening in raised beds, to propagation from cuttings, and many more. To see the entire 2017 Program Schedule, visit the Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association site at:

http://jacksoncountymga.org/winter-dreams-summer-gardens-symposium/

You must register to attend. The cost is $45 for a full day of classes.

Date:  Saturday November 4th, 2017
Time: 9am – 4:30
Location: Higher Education Center a SOU/RCC Facility
101 S Bartlett St. Medford, OR 97502

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Jackson County Master Gardener: A Garden Tour in Seven Acts

Saturday September 16th

Time: 10-11-30am

Location: Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

569 Hanley Road – Central Point, OR

Roses, lilies, violets, grapevines and orchard trees – If you enjoy stories about the plants featured in Shakespeare’s plays, plus tips on how to care for similar plants in your garden and landscape, then sign up to attend the “Flowers and Plants of Shakespeare: A Garden Tour in Seven Acts.

Cost of the tour:

               $10 if preregistered at least 24 hours in advance,

              or, $15 the day of the tour

Preregister and pay by calling 541-776-7371 or online at http://bit.ly/JacksonMG2017.

Gardening Tips

February:  Preparing to plant in the Rogue Valley

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Soil: too wet

Grab a handful of your soil, if you can form it into a ball, the soil is too wet for planting and chances are the seeds will rot in the ground. Plant only when the soil crumbles and falls apart after you squeeze it.

Soil pH: Use a pH soil test kit to test your soil. Kits are available at most garden centers. If you soil is too alkaline, above ph7, then incorporate lime into your soil. Lime is best added in the fall, but you can still do this in early spring. Apply Lime early in February, then a week later add in fertilizer.  Both materials should be incorporated into the soil 6 to 8 inches. Wait at least a week after applying fertilizer before planting seeds.

More about modifying soil pH here…
http://www.sunset.com/garden/garden-basics/acid-alkaline-soil-modifying-ph

You can direct sow the following seeds in your garden mid-to-late February, if the soil is no too wet and temperatures are staying above 20 degrees!
Peas, non-enation resistant varieties
Early varieties radish
Spring Spinach
Fave beans
Mustard
Spanish Onions (the most common onion is the USA),

Sow the seeds listed below, indoors or in a greenhouse in February for transplanting into the garden in 6-8 weeks:
Lettuce
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Bok Choy
Pac Choi
Mustard
Cabbage
Kale
Leeks

Article by Carlotta Lucas
Reference: Gardening Year ‘Round, Month by Month in the Rogue Valley and environs, A guide for Family Food Production by the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association
Wet soil photo courtesy of The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden, Wichita KS

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Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens

Jackson County Master Gardeners Association
18th Annual Gardening Symposium
When: November 5th (Saturday) 9am-4:30pm
Where: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford, Oregon
  Jackson County Master Gardeners  offer 35 different classes, for beginners to professionals, to help you learn and grow as a gardener. Parking and lunch are free. Pr-registered cost  $45 for a full day of classes.
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