Get essential gardening tips on March 3
Join OSU Master Gardeners for gardening tips at the free Garden Discovery Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive.
"This fun event covers a wide range of topics through classes, demonstrations, educational displays and soil pH testing service," said Sherry Sheng, a Master Gardener from Clackamas County. "In one morning, you'll gain all you need to know to jump-start the 2018 growing season."
Enthusiasts of edible gardening will benefit from classes on growing blueberries, tomatoes and early-season vegetables. Ornamental gardeners will enjoy talks on garden design and ornamental gardening. Other topics include pruning, attracting mason bees, and managing slugs, pests and diseases. Participants take home handouts that capture the key points of each subject.
As temperatures begin to rise this spring, learn how to attract mason bees to help with early pollination. "Managing Slugs and Snails" is a session that offers suggestions for ridding your garden of these pests before they become active.
Winter rain tends to wash out soil minerals and turns local soil acidic.
"Soil pH affects availability of soil nutrients to plants and is especially important to success in growing vegetables and blueberries," Sheng said. "We will test your soil pH and give advice on amendments. Don't wait, because amendments take time to work."
This event is offered in collaboration with the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener Program and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District. For more information, visit cmastergardeners.org.