October Gardening Classes at SWOCC

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A class on Orchard Management will be held October 20th at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Jim Rundall, Master Gardener from Lane County, will teach the one-day workshop which will cover the basics of managing a home tree fruit orchard. Rundall will talk on which varieties to choose, soil preparation, watering and fertilizing, pruning, and pest and disease management.

The three-hour class will begin at 1pm in Empire Hall, Room Lakeview E., and the cost is $25.

This class, along with several others being offered this fall, is coordinated through OSU’s Open Campus program, a statewide community-based education partnership designed to provide local access to learning for Oregon residents.

Also in October will be a three-part series on berries, taught by OSU Extension horticulture expert Ross Penhallegon of Lane County. The first class, on strawberries, will be held Tuesday, October 16. Penhallegon will discuss the best berry varieties for the coast and how to care and maintain your plants for a healthy crop. Raspberries and blackberries will be the topic of the Oct. 23, class led by Penhallegon. He will cover the best varieties to grow in this area, and how to handle potential growing problems. Blueberries will be the final class in the series, set for Tuesday, Oct. 30. Penhallegon will discuss the unique requirements of blueberries, including soil needs, watering, fertilizing and pruning for healthy plants. Cost of each individual class is $15, or $40 for the three-part series. Each of the classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., in Empire Hall, Room Lakeview E.

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.