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.
Back for 2022 – our series of informative Noontime Chats running now through May
May 11, Noon-1 pm– Gardening with Wildlife: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat
This free webinar requires advanced registration. The session will be recorded, and a recording link will be sent to all who registered within two days. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pJGf1FC6T1msQj6_zJtR0g
The presence of wildlife creates a thrilling element of life and color in our gardens. The focus of this class will be on creating an inviting and healthy environment for all manner of wildlife – birds, pollinators, reptiles, beneficial insects, and bats.
We will provide ideas for yards big to tiny. We will study the best plants to provide food and shelter and how to create water features that are easily used by birds and insects. We will also explore the many types of nesting boxes and feeding stations for birds and take an in-depth look at providing shelter for creatures all year around.
You will learn the five elements needed to become a National Wildlife Foundation certified habitat: Food, Water, Cover, Places to Raise Young, Sustainable Practices
Our speaker Leah Puhlman is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. Leah has years of experience working with mason bees, hosting them in her own garden and elsewhere. In 2021, she hosted 30,000 mason bees.
May 18, Noon-1 pm– Tomatoes – Planting & Cultural Best Practices: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat
This free webinar requires advanced registration. The session will be recorded, and a recording link will be sent to all who registered within two days. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZZfvYEjHS5myA97uMegg0A
This class is the final installment of a series on tomatoes, each is perfectly timed for what you need to know. We will pick up from planting out tomatoes into the garden – where we ended last time, and share best practices in fertilizing, watering, pruning, and disease management.
Questions that will be addressed:
- When should I plant the tomato start in the garden?
- What are the best ways to support my tomato plant?
- How do I grow for better health?
- How do I prune, water and fertilize tomatoes?
- What are the common tomato diseases and disorders? And how do I manage them?
- How to best meet weather challenges, environmental problems, and insect pests.
- What will help me get an early harvest?
- How do I maximize the harvest?
- Can tomatoes be stored well?
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 fruiting plants on their 3.5-acre home garden and annually harvest more than 500 pounds of tomatoes.
May 25, Noon-1 pm– Year-Round Vegetables: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat
This free webinar requires advanced registration. The session will be recorded, and a recording link will be sent to all who registered within two days. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SRAzbKLWQp-7UmMMflFKbA
Most gardeners are familiar with growing summer vegetables, but not many know how to keep up the production through fall, winter, and into next spring.
This class will answer five questions:
- How are cool-season crops different from warm-season crops?
- Which vegetables are best suited for growing during fall and winter?
- What are the benefits of growing vegetables year-round?
- When should you sow seeds or put transplants in the garden for the fall/winter crop?
- How to protect your tender plants through fall and winter?
Our speaker Sherry Holley is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. Sherry’s expertise spans growing vegetables, fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines, and raised bed gardening. She has many educational videos to her credit. Sherry and her husband subsistence farm their home garden and several plots at a community garden.
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