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2020 June Heads Up! Diagnostics Lab Newsletter

Newsletter of the Master Gardener King County Diagnostic Lab

 

Read in the June 2020 issue:

  • Should I fertilize? Should I mulch?
  • Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants – A quick visual study guide
  • Raised-bed Vegetable Gardening
  • Weather Station: do we have a temperature?
  • Nerd’s Corner: Broad-Leaved Evergreens
  • Verticillium Wilt – once more with feeling
  • Twigga Mortis: Weevils, cutworms and slugs
  • Weeds: Giant Hogweed vs Cow Parsnip

This newsletter is sent monthly to King County Master Gardeners during the active garden months from March to October. Look for the current issue in your email.

Miss a past issue? Find it here.

MGFKC Newsletter

2020 June MGFKC eNewsletter
MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection
Read all about what’s of interest in the June 2020 issue!

  • Read the Program Coordinator’s Call to Action
  • News from the Foundation: 2020-2021 Board by Jim Olson, Board President
  • Alison Johnson’s Shares Thoughts on her Time on the Board
  • MG Spring Plant Sales: Necessity is the Mother of Invention by MG Gary Scheider
  • Plant Sources: Perennial Potters by MG Cleo Raulerson
  • A’Key Grant Applications: July 1 Deadline by MG Bob Connor, A’Key Grant Committee
  • WSU Extension Foresty Program: Free Webinars by Mary Watts, Extension Coordinator, King County
  • Hort Book Selection: The Tree Book by MG Bruce Williams
  • News Shoots: Ask a MG Online Clinics are LIVE!
  • MG Volunteer Opportunities
  • CE Opportunities
  • What’s Happening News & Updates

more

This newsletter is sent monthly to King County Master Gardeners. Look for it in your email. Miss a past issue? Find it here.

Message to Our Master Gardeners

From: Mary Watts, WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Subject: A Call to Action
New! Date: May 29, 2020

This is a long email, I know. Please take the time to read it completely… Some of you may be thinking there isn’t a lot to do within the program during the pandemic, but I assure you that is not the case. Many things have been moved online and there are ample ways to participate from the safety and comfort of your home.

I would like everyone to do the first item on the list and then select one or more other items that you feel you would be suited for.

  • Confirm MG Directory Phone #’s
  • Clinics: Email Clinic, Virtual Online Clinic
  • Growing Groceries
  • Homegrown, an Educational Series for Today’s Gardener
  • Education Team
  • Garden Leadership Team
  • Plant Sales Committee
  • 2021 Intern Training Team

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Master Gardeners who have stepped into leadership roles and participated in the program at a higher level than the minimum requirements. This program would not exist without you.

My hope is that more will join these ranks so we can continue to be a world class program supporting the needs of our communities and having fun, rewarding experiences in the process. Please join the party!

Read this message and all the Program Coordinator’s messages on the Member Area page of this website (log in required).

WSU Ext Pubs website

We are all aware of the unintended consequences resulting from WSU upgrading their WSU Extension publication website and the adoption of a new web-based store platform for the Extension publications. Changes have recently been made to their new website. It is now possible to download copies of the free PDF publications without setting up an account.

Use the Download Now link for the digital version of a publication to access and download available PDF files.WSU Ext Publications Download Now feature

 

 

 

 

 

To purchase hard copy versions of publications, you will be asked to set up an account. Use the ADD TO CART button to begin that process.

WSU Ext Publications Add to Cart feature

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Hortsense and Pestsense links are not affected at this time. Links on the Gardening in Washington State site, http://gardening.wsu.edu/, have been updated.

The URL for that new WSU publications platform is:  http://pubs.extension.wsu.edu

We will continue to work to make access easier and more readily available to King County Master Gardeners in our clinics, gardens and at other events. Watch this website for these updates. [Oct. 22, 2019]

New Program Coordinator Announced

King County Master Gardener Program

 

Today’s message from our King County Interim Coordinators:

Fellow Master Gardeners,

We are very happy to announce on behalf of Todd Murray, WSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit Director, that we have successfully recruited Mary Watts as the new WSU King County Master Gardener Program Coordinator.  Her first day of work will be November 1, 2019.

Mary said:

I joined the Master Gardener program with the 2017 class of Interns and have been part of the Woodland Park Zoo Clinic in Seattle since that time. I love everything about the Master Gardener program and am thrilled to now make it my vocation.

I am deeply grateful to Penny Kriese and Carrie Hill for their leadership and hard work as interim co-coordinators and look forward to collaborating with them and all of you as we continue to develop and steward the Master Gardener program of King County.

We welcome Mary and look forward to working with her over the next several weeks as we make this transition in leadership. She will be joining us at the Recognition Event on October 27 at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Carrie & Penny

[October 22, 2019]

WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Week

2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Week

Congratulations WSU Master Gardeners!

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed September 22 – 28, 2019, as Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. The Governor commended WSU Master Gardeners for being the model of service emulated in all fifty states and numerous foreign countries. The program, founded by WSU, has been in place since 1973. He asked all citizens to join him in this special observance.

Read the Governor’s proclamation.

Vision, Mission and Values

The WSU Master Gardener program has recently reviewed and revised its Vision and Mission and developed values that are important to our program.

  • Our vision describes where we want to be in 10 years.
  • Our mission describes who we are, what we do and the value our work provides to the communities we serve.
  • Our values describe attributes, traits and behaviors that are important to the WSU Master Gardener program.

When considering long term projects, short term goals and daily tasks, use our vision, mission and values statements to guide your decision making. Ask yourself, how does this project help achieve our vision; how does the task I am working on right now align with our vision and mission; how do my behaviors and the things that are important to me align with our program’s values? Be certain that everything you do helps to achieve our vision, maintains our mission and aligns with our values to help lead our program into the next decade.

Read the WSU MG Vision Statement

Touch Base with Your Tillandsias

TillandsiasYou don’t have to strike out with Tillandsias.  These epiphytes stand out in many shapes, sizes and psychedelic colors.  My local nursery tells me they are a big favorite of the people living in all the new developments in the area because they can grow indoors so easily.   DispIay them creatively: glue a cluster of them to a piece of wood or a single one onto a small piece of driftwood, pop one in a teacup or hang them in various houseplants.

The best location to keep them is in a room with bright, filtered light.  I had a cluster of them for many years playing hardball and refusing to bloom.  I started experimenting with putting a small one outside in the summer hanging on a nail on my east-facing front porch.  It received some early morning sun (on the days the sun came out.)  Otherwise, it just got a good dose of bright light.

Read the full article by Wendy Lagozzino as published in the December 2014 The Dirt, MGF newsletter

Fasciation

Fasciated CelosiaSome of the most popular new variations of recent plants are mutations that cause the stem and other plant parts to grow wide and flats. Also, shoots can appear to be composed of several fused parts, flattened, elongated or misshapen flower heads with numerous flowers. This is called fasciation.

Fasciation can occur in just about any kind of plant. Everything from weeds to trees will produce this unusual growth given the right circumstances. Gardeners who love oddball plants have propagated some of these rarities. Grafting or cutting propagation is the usual means by which horticulturists propagate fasciated plants. Fasciation is especially common in cacti and succulents, but willows, cockscomb and foxgloves also frequently show this abnormality. Continue Reading »

Mason Bee Habitat Measurements

See additional resources at the bottom of this post.

From 3/8th inch Plywood – “Cut and Assemble

2 ea 9X8           Sides

1 ea 12X8         Back

1 ea 12X13       Top

1 ea 9X13         Bottom

This “box” will hold “six – ½ gal plastic milk cartons (just cut off the top, making a six inch plastic container)”.  This box will hold about 450 “Roll Your Own” paper Nesting Tubes, enough for about 4000, “Pollinating Bees”.  These Mason Bees pollinate your trees, March-May/June – when nothing else is out to pollinate.  They only live about 100 days, then die, but have laid their eggs for next year’s crop. Continue Reading »

Propagation Notes

Dividing dahlia tubers

Photo Credit: F D Richards

 

 

Spring is a good time to divide established plants, and many herbaceous perennials need to be divided every few years anyway to stay healthy.

Plan to dig on a cool morning, preferably one with cloud cover – not too hard around here.  Continue Reading »




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