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Classes begin at 9 a.m. but doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for early birds who wish to view educational displays

COURTESY PHOTOS  - Make this year's garden your most successful yet by attending Garden Discovery Day March 7 at the Milwaukie Center.Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners invite the public to a morning of stimulating gardening classes and demonstrations at their Garden Discovery Day event, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. 

For the event schedule click here. Classes begin at 9 a.m. but doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for early birds who wish to view educational displays and free handouts, or visit with Master Gardener diagnosticians.

This free event is packed with essential gardening tips to help you jump start the 2020 gardening season. A wide range of topics will convey research-based gardening practices through 10-Minute University classes, demonstrations, and educational displays. Throughout the morning, a clinic staffed by veteran Master Gardeners will offer one-on-one advice on any and all gardening questions.  Bring plant specimens and/or photos that best illustrate the problem and put our ace diagnosticians to work.  

Another free service that morning is soil pH testing. Winter rain tends to wash out soil minerals and turns it acidic. Soil pH affects the availability of nutrients to plants and is especially important to success in growing blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, and vegetables. To get accurate readings of your soil, collect separate samples from lawns, vegetable gardens, rose gardens, and perennial beds. This free service will test up to four samples per client and give advice on whether amendments are needed.  Step-by-step instructions are in the "Testing Soil pH" handout found at www.cmastergardeners.org under the "10-Minute University" tab.

 Master Gardeners are volunteers trained in the science of gardening by Oregon State University to serve the local community. The award-winning 10-Minute University program exemplifies this spirit — each class offers gardening know-how that is proven and practical. Participants take home a handout which succinctly summarizes key points of the topic.  Aeration is an important aspect of gardening. Learn more tips for successful gardening at Garden Discovery Days.

Enthusiasts of edible gardening will benefit from six classes including growing blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and early-season vegetables. Each class will cover variety selection, soil preparation, planting techniques, and proper watering, fertilizing, and disease and pest management.

Some of the courses offered include "Growing Pretty & Delicious Containers," providing options if you are short of space; "Growing Great Vegetables with Less Water," a timely topic after hot and dry summers of recent years; "Spring Ornamental Gardening," which is just what gardeners need as local nurseries are beginning to fill with new plants; "Making a Shade Garden" is a new class that shows how to make that shady part of your garden shine; "Attracting and Hosting Mason Bees" helps gardeners welcome mason bees into the garden; "Growing Blueberries" becomes easy if you access the treasure trove of research by OSU scientists; "Best Bee Flowers" reveals the traits (color, shape and arrangement) in flowers that make them attractive to bees; "Gardening in Clay Soil" focuses on the common yet often frowned upon clay soil. While it presents a challenge to gardeners, it possesses some worthy attributes as well; "Raised Bed Gardening" reveals another viable and satisfying method for growing vegetables or flowers.

Garden Discovery Day is a free event of Clackamas County Master Gardeners. This event is offered in collaboration with and in support of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master University Program, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, and the Milwaukie Center. 


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