Come join OSU Extension and the Coos County Master Gardener Association for an all-day learning experience on the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. Listen to the keynote speaker and attend your choice of classes in three different sessions. This is a first-come, first served registration, so grab your registration form here and return it to the Coos County Extension Service to complete your registration. Walk-ins are also accepted on the morning of the semianr, but some classes may be full. So don't miss this experience - get your registration form in now.
FERTILIZE YOUR MIND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
SEED SAVING TECHNIQUES with Tal Blankenship, Jackson County Master Gardener. Learn the importance of saving seeds from your garden. Take home techniques for proper collecting, drying and storing vegetable seed through a demonstration and list of common, inexpensive seed saving tools.
COASTAL GARDENING with Liza Ehle of By the Sea Gardens Landscaping. Participants will get an overview of the role of microclimates, the effects of salt and wind on plants, and creative ways to garden successfully in an extreme environment. Class notes will include a list of generally successful species, and some design tips for how to maximize garden design on the Oregon Coast.
VERMICOMPOSTING with Coos County Master Gardeners Renee Blom, Anita Straus and Carol Dominick. Learn the benefits of worms, how to build a worm bin, what they like to eat and how to harvest and use the finished compost.
WINTER GARDENING with Jennifer Ewing, gardening expert from Port Orford. Participants will learn how to winter garden in our temperate coastal-influenced climate. Winter gardening means starting seeds and planting mid-summer to enjoy a harvest in autumn, winter and early spring. Specific crops flourish and develop their sweet flavors in the cool of winter, with no need for cover or protection from the cold. You may never eat broccoli or Brussels sprouts from the grocery store again!
BASIC BACKYARD PRUNING FOR FRUIT, FLOWER AND FORM with Patty Driscoll, OSU Master Gardener and Pruning Specialist in Lane County. Learn basic pruning techniques; proper pruning cuts, choosing tools, maintaining tools and safety. You will learn how pruning cuts affect growth in plants. Learn to prune to encourage fruits, flowers, and maintain the form of the plant.
WATER-WISE LANDSCAPING with Liza Ehle. This class will give a brief overview of how to organize your landscape design for both ease of watering and for watering and maintenance efficiency. Liza will cover several simple techniques for improving water retention in plants, choosing good plants for low water use, and some simple irrigation options that minimize waste while maximizing efficiency in watering.
GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms with Jennifer Ewing. Jennifer will explain what a GMO is and what it means to your food security, your health, and the damage they do to the environment. She will show you how to read ingredient labels on packaged foods to avoid buying products that include GMO's under the guise of many other names.
GROWING STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES with Linda White, former Coos County Extension horticulture agent. Two separate classes: Growing Strawberries or Growing Raspberries; choose one or attend both sessions. Learn what you need to know to successfully grow strawberries and raspberries in your home garden: soil needs, variety selection, pruning, fertilization and other plant care.
KEEPING UP WITH THE HARVEST: CREATIVE PRESERVATION IDEAS with Coos County Master Food Preserver Katie Wash and friends. Participants will explore how to get the most from their gardens including creative options for using food fresh, frozen, canned (boiling water & pressure), dehydrated and fermented. The processes and associated equipment will be discussed as class participants learn inspiring ways to make use of every last bit of the produce they grow.
TOMATOES 101: GROWING ON THE OREGON COAST with Renee Blom. This class will teach you how to grow healthy, happy tomatoes on the coast of Oregon. Renee will discuss proper pruning methods, varieties, diseases and how to extend the tomato season.
BEEKEEPING 101 with Coos County Beekeeper Association members. This class will cover a brief history of honey bees as well as the problems encountered in recent years such as Colony Collapse Disorder - cause and effect, etc.