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The OSU Master Gardener™ Program in Central Oregon
The OSU Master Gardener™ program is entering its 37th consecutive year, serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. Over the years, this program has trained hundreds of volunteers and they, in turn, have reached thousands of clients within our communities.
The program targets individuals interested in learning and sharing research-based gardening information. Currently, the program has over 90 active volunteers who find the program educational, fun and very rewarding.
Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener™? Master Gardeners are people like you, interested in learning more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants in the garden, the landscape, and the home. In exchange for classroom instruction, Master Gardeners agree to help local Extension faculty and staff extend horticultural information to people in their communities.
Master Gardeners Help People
Your commitment after training is to be a volunteer staff person for the OSU Extension Service. The program coordinator will help you to schedule your volunteer time. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information; others staff plant clinics at garden shows or local events. Master Gardeners might also work on projects with local schools, give talks to area garden clubs or complete an approved project of their own design.
The Training of Master Gardeners
Master Gardener™ training classes are taught by OSU extension agents and horticultural experts. The program offers basic, practical courses in plant science and home horticulture. Classes include basic botany, methods for growing vegetables, lawns, fruit trees and landscape plants, pest identification and control methods, soil management and plant nutrition, and diagnosis of plant problems. The actual courses offered vary depending on local needs and interests. Classes are held during the winter months from February through April.
Central Oregon Featured Content
PublicationThis guide is intentionally limited to grasses commonly found in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. It does not begin to include all the grasses in Central Oregon and it does not include the sedges or rushes.
Online ResourceThis is the handbook. It details identification, control and management of over 90 species of wildlife, written by almost as many authorities in their respective wildlife areas.
PublicationIn general, woodchucks prefer open farmland and the surrounding wooded or brushy areas adjacent to
open land. Burrows commonly are located in fields and pastures, along fence rows, stone walls, roadsides, and near building foundations or the bases of trees.
CollectionThe OSU Extension Service no longer tests soil samples.
You can take your soil samples to the following locations to be sent out:
• Midstate Fertilizer Company, Redmond 541-548-2318
CollectionA collection of articles for growing vegetables in Central Oregon. Include general information, recommendations, soil temperatures, rhubarb, potatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, tomatoes and tomatillos.
NewsletterThe High Desert Gardening Newsletter is published 5 times a year. A sample copy is available for you to view. The cost is $10 per year for a color, mailed copy and a one-time set-up fee of $5 to receive it by email.