As we all tend to our much loved lots, this page will be a resource to stay connected and potentially get some ideas for your own gardening endeavors! May they be plentiful!
👏🏽👏🏽 A big applause to Overdale neighbors bravely working to remove English ivy (Hedera helix). It’s so pretty! Why remove it? English ivy is a non-native, invasive plant originally brought to N. America by English and European settlers for ornamental purposes. It’s invasive vines and seeds have caused it to spread so rampantly in the Pacific Northwest that it is now on the noxious weed list in WA and Oregon, in fact it can’t be sold or imported into Oregon anymore. Mature ivy smothers native plants and habitat, creating ivy deserts and diminishing important biodiversity. Trees have been known to topple from the weight of the heavy climbing vines.
Some (irresponsible) nurseries still sell it because it grows quickly and takes no maintenance. People toss their old Mothers Days baskets into the wilds thinking the remains will compost but the ivy takes off and becomes the neighborhood bully.
We often think it looks attractive on walls but the aggressive vines can creep into gutters, lift tiles and provide habitat for rodents. The roots can burrow into masonry compromising foundations. Once removed, the fibrous vines leave a footprint on buildings that is difficult to remove.
To remove from trees., the vines must be cut at the bottom and allowed to die back before pulling down. The roots need to be dug out and monitored regularly as it will return for years.
Overdale is home to at least 5 present and past Master Gardeners. In past years Master Gardeners had a booth at Squak Mt. Nursery and at Pickering Farmers Market. They shared science based gardening information on all gardening topics and sent plant specimens into their lab, at no cost to the public, if they couldn’t identify the problem or plant.
Read below for information for the 2020 Pandemic Season:
The WSU Extension Master Gardeners of King County have closed their in-person Plant Answer Clinics for the 2020 season because of the pandemic. Home gardeners still have questions; now there are two ways to Ask A Master Gardener. Home gardeners may still send questions to http://www.mgfkc.org/e-clinic. In addition, the Plant Clinics are now online! We will be answering gardening questions during clinic hours on Zoom. These online clinics will continue on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 17. Here’s how to connect to the online Master Gardener Clinic:Paste https://zoom.us/j/98451002603 into your browser, hit enter, and follow the prompts. The clinic password is 490023. During your “clinic visit” you will be able to show us your plant, pest, or disease concerns. Or you may simply phone in: Dial 1 253 215 8782. Enter Meeting ID: 984 5100 2603 and Password: 490023, when prompted.*****