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10-Minute University™ is the trademark of short classes on essential gardening information. All presentations are free and each is accompanied by a handout. Oregon State University owns the trademark and Clackamas County Master Gardeners develop and manage the program.


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February 8, Noon-1pm Growing Blueberries

This online seminar is free with advanced registration. A recording link will be sent 2 days after the class. Click here to register.

Everyone knows blueberries are delicious parcels of anti-oxidants, but how many are aware blueberry plants can live for decades if proper pruning keeps up the production of young fruiting wood?

We will share best practices worked out through years of research by Oregon State University scientists. This class begins with how to choose among different varieties. Then we discuss soil preparations and planting techniques, followed by cultural practices including fertilizing, watering, and pruning. Finally, we review pest and disease problems and how to manage them.

Our speaker Jane Collier is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. Jane’s expertise encompasses growing vegetables and small fruits, insect pests, and container gardening. Jane has many instructional videos to her credit.

Jane gained extensive experience with growing blueberries, having operated a ‘U-Pick’ blueberry patch on her farm. Today, she and her husband subsistence farm their five-acre home garden which yields a bounty each year.


February 15, Noon-1pm Growing Caneberries

This online seminar is free with advanced registration. A recording link will be sent 2 days after the class. Click here to register.

Fresh berries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley are delicious and easy to grow. Among our famous cane berries are: Marionberry, Boysenberry, Loganberry, and raspberry.

This class will share best practices worked out through years of research by Oregon State University scientists. Beginning with how to choose among different types suitable for garden cultivation, we introduce terminologies to familiarize you with the world of berries!

Next comes soil preparations and planting techniques, followed by cultural practices including fertilizing, watering, weeding, and pruning. Finally, we review pest and disease problems and how to manage them.

Our speaker Jane Collier is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. Jane’s expertise encompasses growing vegetables and small fruits, insect pests, and container gardening. Jane has many instructional videos to her credit.

Jane gained extensive experience with growing blueberries, having operated a ‘U-Pick’ blueberry patch on her farm. Jane also grows strawberries, raspberries, and Marionberries. Today, she and her husband subsistence farm their five-acre home garden which yields a bounty each year.


February 22, Noon – 1pm Growing Tomatoes I: Variety & Seed Starting

This online seminar is free with advanced registration. A recording link will be sent 2 days after the class. Click here to register.

This class is the first of three sessions on tomatoes. The first session focuses on variety selection and seed starting. Session 2 (3/29) will cover buying a good tomato start and what to do with it before the soil warms up. Session 3 (5/3) will cover planting out into the garden or container, supporting plants of various sizes, cultural practices (watering, fertilizing, pruning, etc.), and disease management.

We begin with strategies for selecting from among the thousands of available varieties so you enjoy a long season of harvest. Then we show you, step-by-step, how to start tomatoes from seeds. Using images and discussion, we will cover how to select growing media, the traditional method of planting in cells as well as the method of making and planting in soil blocks. The session continues with when to sow seeds, what supplies are needed, how to care for seedlings, and how to minimize diseases.

Our speaker Amelia Wilbur is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She and her husband once co-owned a tomato grafting business. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruit plants in their 3.5-acre home garden and annually harvest more than 500 pounds of tomatoes.


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