Continuing Education OSU Webinars for MG Recertification
The items below are recommended for Master Gardeners.
Any 3 modules count toward LCMGA recertification
Upcoming live webinars in 2019
Update on Sudden Oak Death in the Pacific Northwest
Presented by: Sarah Navarro (Oregon Department of Forestry) and Norma Kline (OSU Extension)
January 29, 11am PT
Details & pre-registration info: https://learn.extension.org/events/3581
Demystifying Grafted Tomatoes: The Why & How for Gardeners
Presented by: Dr. Cary Rivard (Kansas State University)
March 15, 11am PT
Details & pre-registration info: https://learn.extension.org/events/3604
Any 3 modules count toward LCMGA recertification. Recordings from 2018 webinars:
“Frontiers in Slug & Snail Management” recording, slides, and a resource for slug & snail ID here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3294
Participants will learn the basics of identification of slug and snail species in home landscapes. Dr. Mc Donnell will cover current IPM strategies and also share his recent research findings on novel management methods.
“Identifying & Managing the Bronze Birch Borer” recording here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3289
“Hybridization and Tetraploids and Chromosomes, Oh My! Understanding Plant Breeding for Disease Resistance” here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3287
“Powdery Mildew: Biology and Management in the Garden” https://learn.extension.org/events/3290
Probably best known for making our squash leaves white, powdery mildew is an ever-present plant disease in the home garden. Dr. Jay Pscheidt will take us to the microscopic level to understand the biology of the fungi that cause powdery mildew and provide practical advice to manage this common nemesis in our gardens.
“Dealing with Darling Dastardly Deer” https://learn.extension.org/events/3430
Join OSU Extension Wildlife Specialist, Dr. Dana Sanchez, as we learn to identify the common deer species in the Pacific Northwest, explore deer behavior, and understand the different ways deer utilize our gardens and landscapes. Dr. Sanchez will share ideas for conflict management techniques including resources for deer-resistant plants.
“Practical Food Safety in the Garden” https://learn.extension.org/events/3431
Concerned about recent food safety issues associated with fresh produce? Sara Runkel (OSU Extension) will help you understand how to minimize the risks related to specific edible garden practices such as composting, water sources, harvesting and more. You will learn practical tips that can be shared with community and school gardens and be better equipped to answer questions from the public.
“Meet the New Neighbors: Emerging Insect Pests in Oregon” https://learn.extension.org/events/3434
Join Robin Rosetta (OSU Department of Horticulture and OSU Extension) for an introduction to emerging pest issues such as rose stem girdler, European chafer, and daylily gall midge. You will learn basic biology, identification, and how to recognize damage . Learn how and where to make reports of unusual insect activity. Additional resources will be provided to supplement this session.
“The latest research on bees in the garden: an update from the OSU Garden Ecology Lab” https://learn.extension.org/events/3443
In this behind-the-scenes peek, research entomologist Dr. Gail Langellotto (OSU Department of Horticulture) will share results from the OSU Garden Ecology Lab. Gail will discuss her team’s latest findings in garden bee research including the species of bees that visit home gardens, attractiveness of different genera of native plants, and practical tips for building gardens for bees.
“First Look: OSU Research on Native Plants in the PNW Garden” https://learn.extension.org/events/3494
In this ‘first look’, Aaron Anderson (Ph.D. student in the OSU Department of Horticulture) will be introducing his research on gardening with native plants. Under the direction of Dr. Gail Langellotto, Aaron is researching native plants that support ecosystem services; that gardeners find attractive, and that they would want.
The Weird and Wonderful World of Plant Galls. https://learn.extension.org/events/3493 Join Melodie Putnam (Chief Diagnostician at the Oregon State University Plant Clinic) for a visual tour of common plant galls found in the PNW. Learn how these unusual plant growths are formed, who the common culprits are (fungi, bacteria, insects or mites?) and if the gall is of concern or just an interesting oddity.
"Weed Management in the Garden & Landscape: Understanding Herbicides": https://learn.extension.org/events/3501. Kaci Buhl (OSU Extension) focuses on understanding how herbicides work, how to choose the 'right' herbicide, debunking myths, and sharing safe application techniques. Resources for further reading are shared.
Any 3 modules count toward LCMGA recertification
Recordings are available for these 2017 Oregon Master Gardener Advanced Training webinars:
Never doubt how a small, thoughtful and committed pollinator habitat (in your garden) can change the world,
Pollinator populations are under stress from all sides. Be it from habitat loss and fragmentation, pesticide exposure, or the spread of new diseases, pollinators face many challenges. The good news is that these damaging effects can be reversed through the retention or restoration of small bits of natural habitat.
Managing the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug with Biological Control
Ongoing efforts to manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in the Pacific Northwest will benefit from the arrival of the samurai wasp, a specialist parasitoid of BMSB eggs. This presentation will identify evidence of BMSB damage, describe management options, and identify how to recognize biological control from the samurai wasp.
Organic Pesticides in Home Gardens
Lean about organic pesticides available for home gardeners, and what makes them "organic." Topics covered will include insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides for edible and ornamental plants, including biological pesticides.
In 2016, Japanese beetles were trapped in high numbers in the Portland area. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is working to eradicate Japanese beetle hot spots in Portland, and OSU Extension is helping with outreach, identification, and management information for this potential pest.
Boxwood blight continues to be a problem in more landscapes and nurseries in the PNW. Learn about where this fungal disease has moved to, how to recognize it from other disease problems and run a model to determine when it might show up. Master gardeners are our first responders to help limit the impact of this threat to our boxwood plantings.