When it comes to growing tomatoes, a little knowledge can do a lot of good.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners want to help you sort through the choices and map out your season of growing tomatoes with success.

Learn about successful strategies for growing tomatoes at the Secrets of Tomato Masters workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. April 12. This free event will be held at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

It is offered in support of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program and in partnership with North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and the Milwaukie Center.

The workshop will offer a blueprint for growing tomatoes, featuring information tested by science and adapted to the region. Topics include choosing between determinate versus indeterminate types, comparing grafted and own-root plants, transplanting tomato starts, contrasting planting in trench versus vertical method, improving quality and plant health through pruning and support structures, managing disease and pests and how to get an earlier harvest.

Go to for a free 10-Minute University handout on growing tomatoes.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners will present the annual Spring Garden Fair at the Clackamas County Event Center May 3 and 4. The event brings together 16,000 gardeners and 200 plant and garden-art vendors.

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Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Oregon State University in the science of gardening. They provide free advice that is research-based, reliable and localized for the area. They promote sustainability by encouraging gardening practices that conserve water, improve soil health and protect the environment.

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