Garden Clippings


    McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR         

                                  October 2017

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Next meeting:  October 16, 2017

9:30 social-10 business-11 speaker

New meeting location for the 2017-18 club year:

Falls Event Center, 510 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way,

at the Evergreen Museum complex on Highway 18

NoFte If you need time on the agenda, please let President Elaine know a week in advance of the meeting.



This month's speaker:


Our October speaker is Barbara Blossom Ashmun, author of How Gardening Has Changed My Life and also Love Letters to my Garden.  She will be selling and talking about her book as well as reading from Love Letters to my Garden.  Here’s an excerpt from her book, Married to My Garden, pages 46-47.

          “Our joy is in tending, even when circumstances are difficult, just as musicians play well even when the lights are hot, even when a string breaks, or a wrong note sounds.  Gardening is not a solo performance, for we collaborate with weather and wildlife, with soil and seasons.  We are limited by the strength and endurance of our own mortal bodies and the time allowed for gardening, which is never enough.  Still, we play on, doing our best and playing with feeling.”


Future meeting Dates: 

Nov. 20; Dec. 18; Jan. 15; Feb. 19; March 19; April 16; May 21; June 18; June 24 Garden Tour & Faire 2018!

Upcoming Events:

October 09 – Board meeting at Jan Clay's house 2pm

October 16 – Monthly meeting

October 17 – Corvallis arts & crafts junking trip and Garlands Nursery in Albany.  Meet at 9:30 at Baker Creek Church  Contact Patty S.

October 19 – Pioneer district luncheon

October 26 – Field trip Bush House Museum Salem  Contact Ann S.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE    October  2017   Elaine P.

 The autumn equinox ushers in a new season. Time to mulch, separate and prune. Some plants died after this year's very dry summer giving us a legitimate excuse to shop for new ones! As in our own gardens, assessments and new plans are being made at the Post Office and the West End.
We had our first meeting at our new venue, the Falls Event Center.  It is beautiful with the log walls and the gas fireplaces. There were a few stumbles.  We had to decide how to set up the room and there were problems working the microphone.  We will make some adjustments and next month will be smoother.
We had six new members join at the September Meeting. So many of the newer members have stepped up to join and chair committees letting those who have done so much for so long set down their responsibilities. We are so grateful for everyone 's contributions over the years.
We are looking forward to new places to visit on our field trips and new craft projects. Ann and Patty do such a great job.
We have prepared a budget for our new fiscal year. Please examine it and bring your questions. We will be voting at the October meeting.
All the newness does not change our basic principles. We are still dedicated to protect, conserve, educate and beautify.


September Grapevine Article from the Community Garden

by Alan Wenner


We are now in the midst of fall harvest and it looks very good with large amounts of great quality fresh produce being delivered to the Food Bank (YCAP). We are now over 10,000 pounds with many crops remaining to be harvested. Great help from many sources, including: YCMGA members, the McMinnville Garden Club members, Linfield College students and Coop Ministries’ members. Never have we had such a great response to our requests for assistance. We are super thankful for this awesome support and hope that it continues.

Fall planting is under way with garlic, lettuce and spinach being the primary crops now planted or growing. The lettuce and spinach are in the greenhouse to protect from the rain. These will be harvested through the end of October or later.

We have just added 18 new raised beds that we will begin using in the spring of 2018. In the spring, we hope to add our final 38 new beds to complete the raised garden portion of the expansion. If we can obtain the funding, we will add automatic drip irrigation to these 56 beds in the spring.

It has been a summer of great progress and achievements due to the incredible efforts of our volunteers and sponsors!   


Plant Ideas for Pollinators                   by Judy Eggers

Borage   Borago officinalis

If you want a classic cottage garden, this the plant for you!  Often planted near vegetable crops, it helps attract pollinators to your garden, which will boost your yield of tomatoes, squash and more.  And the bees aren’t the only ones who will enjoy this plant – the leaves and flowers are edible and can be used to garnish drinks or add a sprinkling of color and a slight taste of cucumber to salad.

Image result The easiest and least expensive way to start borage is from seed.  You can sow it indoors before the first frost to set out plants, but it comes up quickly from seed if you sow it outdoors after the last frost.  Once it’s established in your garden, you won’t need to replant, as it reseeds vigorously.

Annual Blooms:  Downward-facing blue in early to late summer

Light:  Full to part sun  Soil:  Average, well-drained  Size: 1 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide  Cold-hardy:  NA  Heat-tolerant: AHS zones 12 to 1  Source: Territorial See Company, 800-626-0866

TRY THIS:  Freeze individual borage blooms into ice cubes to add sparkle to a summertime glass of lemonade!

Blue Cushion English Lavender      Lavandula angustifolia

Lavande off FR 2012.jpgThis lavender, sometimes sold as “Lavandula Schola” combines the heavenly fragrance of lavender with a compact form.  And lavender is known as one of the most attractive plants for all kinds of bees!

A light deadheading as the blooms fade will keep them coming most of the summer.   Although this lavender stays more compact, with fewer woody stems, than some varieties, it’ll still benefit from being cut back hard, to half its height, every couple of years in early spring to maintain an attractive shape.

Perennial Blooms:  Blue-purple in early summer and rebloom through late summer  Light:  Full sun  Soil:  Well-drained  Size:  9 to 18 inches tall, 12 to 18 inches wide  Cold-hardy:  USDA zones 5 to 8  Heat Tolerant: AHS zones 8 to 1  Source:  High Country Gardens, 800-925-9387


Interested in learning a lot more about gardening?  Check out the 2018 Master Gardener Training Course information next.
















Websites to Explore                                                                                    by Patty Sorensen

 Pioneer District Website


State Garden Club’s Website


 McMinnville Community Garden


Dividing Perennials in the Fall


Getting Rid of Slugs


Putting Your Garden to Bed AND which Perennials to Prune in the Fall.


...I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 10th October 1842