Lincoln County Master Gardener Association brings back its popular Gardeners Roundtable Series starting August 23. The first session features a demonstration on how to build your own Raised-bed Cloche.
Cloches started out as glass jars placed over individual plants to protect them from cold weather. Now they refer to many types of structures that shelter plants from wind and cold. Gardeners growing vegetables on the coast will benefit from a longer growing season and the options to growing a wider variety of crops. Any plant that is frost-sensitive or requires a longer growing season, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, and citrus do much better in a cloche.
“Using some wood boards, pvc pipe, UV-treated plastic and a few tools that most people have around the house, it will only take a couple hours to build a 8 x 4 foot cloche,” says Cathi Block and Jeff Olsen, the two Master Gardeners who will build the cloche. “We will provide a detailed materials list and go over all the steps necessary. This is a fool-proof way to learn how to make your own cloche in time for the cold season growing period.”
The cloche building session will take place on the lawn outside of the Community Room at Oregon Coast Community College, South Beach on Aug 23 from 9:30 to 11:30. Participants should bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on the berm for a good view of the action.
Call the LCMGA office at 541-574-6534, ext. 57410 or go to orcoastmga.org/roundtable to reserve a seat. Your RSVP ensures adequate seating and handouts. Attendance is free but donations to offset facility fees are welcome.
The 2018 Fall Roundtable Series takes place each 2nd and 4th Thursday from August 23 to October 25. Go to the LCMGA website at orcoastmga.org/roundtable for a full list of topics and locations.
About Lincoln County Master Gardener Association (orcoastmga.org)
The Lincoln County Master Gardener™ Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the statewide Master Gardener™ program administered by Oregon State University Extension. Its primary goals are to:
* Help Lincoln County residents become familiar with best practices developed by university researchers.
* Promote the benefits of growing vegetables, herbs, natives, and other ornamentals.
* Help gardeners understand and overcome Oregon coastal gardening challenges.
* Provide scholarships for college students to pursue scientific study related to gardening topics.
* Develop demonstration gardens to showcase techniques and provide real-life examples of gardening methods.
Foster gardening activities and learning opportunities for all ages.
About OSU Extension (extension.oregonstate.edu)
The Oregon State University Extension Service celebrates over 100 years of educational outreach. The OSU Extension mission is to convey research-based knowledge that is reliable, relevant, and reachable for Oregon residents to improve their lives, homes, and communities. OSU Extension manages the Oregon Master Gardener program which delivers research-based horticultural information through a network highly-trained volunteers.
To learn more about the Roundtable Series, please contact:
Ann Geyer, LCMGA Education Coordinator
Lincoln County Master Gardener Association