Each workshop will have a pre-assignment that you will need to complete prior to attending Mini-College. This could include advanced reading, creating a small landscape design, collecting plants or insects, etc. The workshop time at Mini-College will be spent discussing and critiquing the assignments to further everyone’s knowledge of the topic.

Each Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Hydroponics, Grow Amazing Vegetables Indoors Year Round

Richard Bertram x400Workshop Leader: Richard Bertram

Friday

New methods make it easy to grow the best tasting green leafy vegetables in your own home. Use shop lights, storage tub(s) and inexpensive nutrients to grow the best tasting greens you will ever eat. Lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, basil and collards are among the vegetables that grow best.

Once you make your initial, very modest investment it only costs pennies to produce crop after crop of the best food that you can’t buy.  In this workshop you will learn how you can build and achieve success with a hydroponic system.

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Woody Plant Identification with the OSU Landscape Plant Database

Heather Stoven_x500Workshop Leader: Heather Stoven

Friday

Being able to identify plants is helpful for variety of reasons, including providing the knowledge to deliver the best environment for a plant’s needs, enabling it to thrive in your landscape.  This workshop will demonstrate how to use the OSU Landscape Plant Database for identifying woody plants in your yard, neighborhood, or for assisting the community at a Master Gardener Clinic Desk.

We will work together through an at-home activity and a Zoom session, so that you feel comfortable using this simple, but effective tool.

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Insect Identification with iNaturalist

Gail Langellotto_x500Workshop Leader:  Dr. Gail Langellotto

Saturday

Have you ever wondered about the identify of insects in your garden? Traditional methods of insect identification involve the use of taxonomic keys and often require mastery of highly technical skills and vocabulary. For these reasons, insect identification to anything lower than the taxonomic level of Order is beyond the reach of most people. Even with dedicated study, many people may struggle with Family level identifications. But, iNaturalist has made insect identification more accessible to gardeners and other nature lovers.

This class will provide an overview of the iNaturalist app, help you engage with the iNaturalist community, connect with other gardeners on our iNaturalist project page, and learn to use the app to identify insects in your garden, Gardeners will be given an assignment in advance of the workshop. During our workshop time, we will critique and identify images, to the lowest taxonomic level, possible.

Workshop Materials: participants will need a smart phone or tablet that can connect to the internet and that has GPS capabilities. To capture better images of small insects, participants may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive macro lens in advance of the workshop.

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Growing Pacific Northwest Native Plants for Pollinators

Signe Danler_x500Workshop Leader: Signe Danler

Saturday

Are you interested in growing PNW native plants in your garden? Are you also interested in attracting native pollinators? This workshop is for you! We’ll examine the latest research from OSU and other places on the best native plants for pollinators. You’ll discover which are commonly available and will do well in your garden, which are hard to find (but should be more widely grown), and which you should avoid. We’ll look at which native pollinators need native plants, and which also make use of non-native plants. Then you’ll have an opportunity to select a group of native plants for specific growing conditions.

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