Monthly calendars for Oregon gardeners are produced by the Oregon State University Extension Service. Each calendar provides reminders of key garden chores, such as fertilizing, pest control, planting, and maintenance. These calendars are developed for Oregon gardens. While some of the information may apply to other regions, the specific recommendations may not be appropriate for areas with different growing conditions or pest problems.
Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Preventative pest management is emphasized over reactive pest control. Identify and monitor problems before acting, and opt for the least toxic approach that will remedy the problem.
First consider cultural, and then physical controls. The conservation of biological control agents (predators, parasitoids) should be favored over the purchase and release of biological controls. Use chemical controls only when necessary, only after identifying a pest problem, and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label. Least-toxic choices include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides – when used judiciously.
Recommendations in this calendar are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon. For more information, contact your local OSU Extension Service office.
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