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Free gardening workshops offered in Lyons

Master gardeners Diane Hyde and Cindy Barnes are offering free gardening workshops in Lyons through OSU Extenstion Service and Linn County Master Garden program.

The workshops are 9 – 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Santiam Community Gardens, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. 

All workshops are followed by optional hands-on practice in the garden.

Registration required by calling or texting 503-859-2517 or emailing [email protected]. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed handouts and free gardening items.


Jan. 21: Care and repair of garden tools. Bring your experienced tools for a facelift.

Jan. 28: Pruning grape vines and fruit trees. Demonstration and practice on grape vines and apple trees. In the Garden: Dress warmly with gloves. Shears, loppers and electric saws.

Feb. 4: Planning your personal garden. Create a garden diagram and planting calendar. In the Classroom: Seed swap party at 10:30 a.m. Bring saved seeds to share.

Feb. 11: No local class. There is an “Insights into Gardening” conference at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus. Carpool for a day of garden talks, plant shopping. Preregistration and fee required online.

Feb. 18: Starting seeds and understanding plant needs. Successful seed germination and transplanting. Indoor temperature and lighting control on a budget. In the Greenhouse: Starting seedlings of early cool crops. Free pots, compost, seeds.

Feb. 25: Preparing soil for planting.   Soil pH, texture and nutrient testing, amendment. Raised beds, mulching. Free tools, testing supplies and wood chip mulch.

March 4: No local class. “Beevent Pollinator Conference” in Albany from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Effects of changing climate on plants and pollinators. Carpool. Preregistration and fee required

March 11: Weather watching and work scheduling. Extending the growing season, time management in the garden, succession planting. In the Garden: Plant early crops. Free vegetable starts, plant markers, row covers, and gauges.

Saturday workshops through May will focus on timely gardening topics.  Summer topics include harvesting and food preservation.

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