Correction: Apricot Alert
Last month we suggested using a lime sulphur spray on stone fruit trees with coryneum blight or peach leaf curl. Good advice, but not for apricots. This tree is sensitive to sulphur compounds and can be harmed by lime sulphur. Instead, use a copper spray, like tribasic copper with added spreader sticker, and following the directions for dormant spray schedule.
Another Word of Caution: Don't use sprays containing tribasic copper and lime sulphur on the same plant within six weeks of each other. Possible phytotoxicity may result.
Dreaming of spring gardens? Put the dream on paper or in a garden journal. Tear out photos from plant catalogs and gardening magazines. Match your plans to the time you have to install and maintain the garden and to the amount of money you want to spend.
Watering in winter??? Inadequate rainfall can be a problem, especially if you live in an area where decomposed granite soil does not retain much water. Winter winds also dehydrate plants. Water your garden if these conditions prevail over our typically soggy days.
the kitchen garden and orchard
Bare root fruit and nut trees become available this month. They can be planted now and in February. Choose disease-resistant varieties for low maintenance. If you have a small garden, different cultivars of the same species of fruit can be planted together in the same hole. Trees will be smaller and pollination is often improved. Dwarf stock is also a good choice.
Copper sprays in early January will help protect blueberry bushes, apricot, cherry, peach, plum and prune trees from bacterial canker. (Please see Apricot correction.)
Time to get out the grow light. Parsley, lettuces and early cabbages can be started mid-month. Seed racks at nurseries have the best selection now.
For brilliant color at the entrance of your home, add a cluster of primroses. Some even have great scent. They can be planted close together for a focused single-season display.
This is a great time to transplant roses - as long as you do not compact your soil by handling it when it is saturated. Protect the area from rain with a tarp, then dig, amend and plant.
Project FeederWatch: Birders from Rogue Valley Audubon Society count and identify birds at North Mountain Park Nature Center feeders. Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. Free. Alternate Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.: Dec. 31, Jan. 14 28. Contact the Nature Center at 488-6606 or register online at http://ashlandparks.recware.com.
For the winter, the plant clinic at the OSU extension center is open for questions and insect identification on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. Call 541-776-7371.
The 2006 Master Gardener Class will begin Jan. 11 and run through April 5, 2006 at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd. For additional information about Master Gardener programs, check online: http://extension.orst.edu/sorec/mg
Monday, Jan. 2
Program: Let's talk about trees;
CENTRAL POINT (664-1726)
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Program: Native shrubs that earn their keep
EAGLE POINT (830-0602)
GRANTS PASS (474-7121)
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Program: Landscaping & shrub pruning;
Thursday, Jan. 19
Program: Garden fitness/fitness tips;
Liz Braislin/Ruth Root
Friday, Jan. 20
Program: What grows in the Rogue Valley;
ROGUE RIVER (582-4432)
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Program: Getting ready for the spring
January garden calendar