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Popular 10-Minute University, plus workshops and demonstrations are all part of the program

COURTESY PHOTO  - Wild food expert John Kallas will talk on foraging in your own backyard for edible plants. The presentation is free and open to all.

Oregon State University Master Gardeners invites the public to attend its annual Fall into Gardening event taking place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie. The theme for this year's event is Do-It-Yourself, and as usual, it offers the latest ideas through classes, demonstrations, educational displays, a clinic and soil pH testing service. In addition to the award-winning 10-Minute University classes, the event also features a lecture on Wild Foods of Yards, Gardens, Neighborhoods and Farms by Dr. John Kallas, which will teach attendees how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen.

Kallas founded the Portland-based Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants and Other Foragables in 1993, along with its educational branch, Wild Food Adventures. He is a trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher and teacher.

Attendees will also gain practical tools for use in ornamental garden and in growing vegetables. Best Bee Flowers will show how flower color, shape and arrangement determine their attractiveness to bees so that you gain confidence in differentiating best bee flowers from the rest. Those attending the Making High-Impact Plant Combination class will understand principles behind successful plant combinations and be able to identify changes to jazz up their gardens.

If you aspire to eating out of the garden more than just in summer, the Growing and Harvesting Vegetables Year-Round class is right for you. It introduces cold-hardy vegetables of the region and helps you identify actions that prolong vegetable production.

The Irrigation Techniques to Save Time and Money class will review how best to deliver water depending on soil type, weigh pros and cons of common types of irrigation methods and show steps for putting together a drip irrigation system.

Classes begin at 9 a.m., but doors open at 8:30 a.m. for those wishing to view educational displays and free handouts.

To view the complete schedule visit cmastergardeners.org. All the events and classes are offered free of charge.


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