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'Do-It-Yourself' event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Milwaukie Center

Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners invite the public to a morning of gardening classes and demonstrations at their Fall into Gardening event.

This year's theme is "Do-It-Yourself" and will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive.

Fall into Gardening 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 will feature a lecture on "Wild foods of yards, gardens, neighborhoods and farms" by guest speaker John Kallas on how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen.

Other topics will focus on practical tools for use in the ornamental garden and for growing vegetables. "Best Bee Flowers" will show how flower color, shape and arrangement determine their attractiveness to bees so that you learn how to differentiate flowers that draw bees from the rest.

Those attending the "Making High-Impact Plant Combinations" class will learn principles behind successful plant combinations and changes that will jazz up their gardens.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Master Gardeners rent space at Clackamas Community College to teach classes and donate produce to needy.For people who aspire to eat plants from the garden beyond the summer, the "Growing and Harvesting Vegetables Year-Round" class will introduce attendees to regional cold-hardy vegetables and identify actions that prolong vegetable production.

 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 guest speaker Dr. John Kallas that shows how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious, and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen.Watering is an essential yet time-consuming gardening task for summer-dry, winter-wet climates. "Irrigation techniques to save time and money" will review how best to deliver water depending on soil type, will weigh the pros and cons of common types of irrigation methods, and will show the steps for putting together a drip irrigation system.

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 get free handouts or visit with Master Gardener diagnosticians to identify mystery plants, diseases or pests. Bring photos and specimens to enhance problem description. Master Gardeners provide answers, including recommended remedial actions that same morning.

The 10-Minute University distills horticultural research down to essential gardening "know-how." To learn more, visit cmastergardeners.org/10-minute-university. For the full event schedule, go to cmastergardeners.org.


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