Fall into Gardening with OSU Master Gardeners
Heads up, backyard vegetable gardeners: Vertical gardening guru Harry Olson will share his productive system for growing vegetables on Oct. 7 at the Fall into Gardening event. The event begins at 9 a.m., at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.
Olson perfected his system over the past ten years while living and gardening in a small city lot in Salem. An active OSU Master Gardener, Olson is part of the team that won a first place international competition for their research into the performance of grafted vegetables at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference.
Staged by OSU Extension Master Gardeners of Clackamas County, Fall into Gardening offers the latest gardening know-how through classes, demonstrations, educational displays and soil pH testing service.
For the full event schedule, go to www.cmastergardeners.org
The event features four 25-minute classes cover a wide range of topics.
Not confident with handling diseases and pests? The Fall and Winter Diseases and Pests class helps you to correctly identify the problem and offers solutions that are effective and sustainable.
Feel hesitant about pruning? Pruning Made Easy shows how to deal with common pruning challenges in many shrubs and trees and reviews the best time to prune.
Those wishing to add aesthetic punches to their garden should plan to attend Garden Design 101. It is packed with design tips, just in time for making plans for next year.
Want to garden in raised beds but don't know how best to fill them? Building and Filling a Raised Bed outlines how to make a raised bed and provides a recipe for the best growing medium.
New this year is an extended "clinic" where Master Gardeners will identify your plant, disease or pest issues. Clients may submit samples beginning at 8:30 am. MG experts will work on the problem while clients attend classes and offer remedies before the event concludes.
Soil pH affects availability of soil nutrients to plants and is especially important to success in growing vegetables and blueberries. Fall is the ideal time to test soil pH. If adjustments are needed, amendments can work over winter to jump start spring planting. Each client may submit up to four soil samples taken from different areas of the garden for customized analysis of the lawn, vegetable patch, rose garden and perennial bed. Consult the "Testing Soil pH" 10-Minute University handout at www.cmastergardeners.org for step-by-step instructions.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers, educated through Oregon State University Extension Service, to offer the local community reliable, relevant and reachable gardening information.