Get a jumpstart on next spring's garden by attending the Fall into Gardening event hosted by OSU Master Gardeners

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Vertical gardening guru Harry Olson will share tips on the productive system he has developed over the past decade for getting the most out of vertical space at Fall into Gardening, the OSU Master Gardeners fall workshop.

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.

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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 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.

This event is offered in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener€z?¢ Program, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and the Milwaukie Center. Accommodations request related to a disability should be made by Sept. 30 to Jean Bremer, 503-655-8631, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harry Olson will share tips on vertical gardening at Fall into Gardening, taking place Oct. 7 at the Milwaukie Center. Gardeners can take advantage of the knowledge of Olson and other Master Gardeners by attending free workshops, having their soil pH analysized and more. The event is free and open to all.

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