Gardening News April 2021

OSU and Master Gardener classes for April

Oregon State University offers free webinars for those who are interested in gardening! All classes are free to attend and virtual. Please visit the OSU website, browse Events, and click “register” to receive the webinar link. Recordings of previous webinars can be found under the “Webinars (recorded)” tab in the navigation bar. 

Other information on gardening can be found at the Metro Master Gardeners Facebook page. Leave a like and follow for gardening tips!

Berries for the Gardener

Tuesday, April 6, 7-8 pm, free

Bernadine Strik, PhD, OSU Extension Berry Crops Specialist, presents “Berries for the Home Gardener.” Dr. Strik’s presentation will focus on blueberries and raspberries for gardeners. She will also share tips on growing, pruning, and mulching berry plants after discussing common pests of these plants. 

Epic Tomatoes From Your Garden

Tuesday, April 13, 7-8 pm, free

Gardener, author, and tomato breeder Craig LeHoullier presents this sumptuous, informative, picture-filled talk that takes the audience through the tomato firmament from seed to harvest. The first half of the workshop uses a bit of history, real time pictures, experiences, and a discussion of color and flavor characteristics to give gardeners guidance on choosing the right varieties. Following a breather for questions, Craig will shift from “what to grow” to “how to grow them successfully,” with a section loaded with tips—this covers information such as seed planting, culture and trouble-shooting, seed saving, and a few favorite recipes.

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Drip Irrigation—In the Garden Series

Saturday, April 24, 10-11 am, free

Join the Washington County Master Gardener Association’s ‘In the Garden’ Series as Jenn Peters, the Chair of PCC Rock Creek’s Landscape Technology Department, presents “Drip Irrigation.”

Thinking about drip irrigation but not sure where to start? In this session, we will cover the types of micro-irrigation systems and where to use them. We will also discuss steps for a new installation and the process of converting from an existing overhead system. Resources for information and supplies will be provided.

Can you guess which invasive plant this is? Find out by watching our online TWIST Weed Watcher Workshop!

Spring 2021 Weed Watchers Workshop

Want to learn more about invasive species threatening our rivers and streams? Need some help identifying that strange plant that keeps sprouting in your garden? Join the Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District (Tualatin SWCD) this spring at our 2021 Online Weed Watcher Workshop! 

Our online workshop is presented by invasive plant experts from Tualatin SWCD and Clean Water Services. The presentation provides EDRR species identification information and instructions on how to properly report them. 

Check out our events page in early to mid-April to register and view the presentation. The workshop recording will be available until the end of the year. 

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The Tualatin Watershed Invasives Species Team (TWIST), previously Tualatin Watershed Weed Watchers, is a partnership among residents, volunteers, non-profits, and government agencies. Volunteers and staff look for and report Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) species in the Tualatin River watershed. With your help we can locate known priority invasive weeds and respond to new EDRR species before they endanger our natural areas, streamsides, and gardens!