Fall into gardening with OSU master gardeners in Milwaukie
A special bulletin from Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners for local 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.
According to Sherry Sheng, chair of the 10-Minute University program run through OSU, Olson perfected his system over the past 10 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.
Master Gardeners' Fall into Gardening event also will offer the latest gardening know-how through classes, demonstrations, educational displays and a soil pH testing service. 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 identify the problem and offers effective, sustainable solutions.
? 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 need Garden Design 101.
? Want to garden in raised bed but don't know what best to fill it with? Building and Filling a Raised Bed outlines how to make a raised bed and provides a recipe for the ideal 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 a.m. Master Gardeners will work on the problem while clients attend classes and offer remedies before the event concludes.
Fall is the ideal time to test soil pH, Sheng said. Each Fall into Gardening attendee 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.
"Soil pH affects availability of soil nutrients to plants and is especially important to success in growing vegetables and blueberries," Sheng said. "If adjustments are needed, amendments can work over winter to jump-start spring planting."
For the full event schedule, go to cmastergardeners.org.