Get the scoop on gardening with 10-Minute University handouts

Ten years ago, the Clackamas chapter of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners came up with the idea to offer gardeners research-based information in small, digestible pieces. The result was 10-Minute University, which was unveiled at the annual Spring Garden Fair where gardeners are hungry for guidance. “We thought maybe we should do […]

Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom

When it comes to plants, bulbs are about as easy as it gets. “You plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall, they grow over winter, flourish in spring and go dormant in summer,” said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Once they’re in the ground, they do quite well over multiple years with […]

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables, here’s a tip. Consider letting some plants go to seed so you can harvest them for planting next year. “Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State […]

Fall into Gardening with OSU Master Gardeners™

Clackamas County Master Gardeners™ invite you to a morning of stimulating gardening classes and demonstrations at their annual Fall into Gardening event. The event will take place on Saturday, October 5, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Fall into Gardening offers the latest ideas through classes, demonstrations, educational displays, a clinic, […]

Create gardens accessible to all

Gardening is one of the more therapeutic things a person can do — emotionally, mentally and physically — but for some it seems out of reach. Good design and practices can make gardening accessible for everyone. “We all have challenges if we live long enough,” said Corinne Thomas-Kersting, a retired speech-language pathologist and five-year Oregon […]

Tips for keeping rats out of home and garden

Seeing rats in the backyard — or, worse yet, in the house — can send people into panic mode, and for good reason. “There are definite social norms that say if you have rodents living near you it’s associated with dirtiness, garbage and waste products,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension […]

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