ASTORIA — It’s time to give garden beds, pots, perennials and trees a rest by “winterizing” them. Winterizing helps plants survive winter and promotes a healthier, more productive growing season for all plants the next year.
Clatsop County Master Gardeners will show people how to do this through lectures, demonstrations and advice for individual garden problems 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
In addition, an all-day plant sale will feature plants ready for fall transplanting.
Bring your garden soil in plastic baggies for soil pH testing.
• 10:30 a.m. “Winterizing Your Garden”: Teresa Retzlaff is an organic farmer whose farm, 46 North, specializes in produce, edible plant starts and flowers. She will teach the most effective methods for soil protection with mulching and cover crops, how and what plants to cut back, overwintering edibles, transplanting and what to plant in the fall.
• 12:30 p.m. “Dahlia Care & Winter Protection”: Joanie Chapel, also known as “The Dahlia Queen,” grows more than a hundred varieties of Dahlias. She will share her expertise on preparing Dahlias for winter survival, basic care methods and the best dahlia varieties for our growing region. Throughout the day, Joanie will demonstrate dividing tuber plants for overwintering.
• 2 p.m. “Cleaning, Sharpening and Storing Garden Tools”: Chuck Meyers longtime Master Gardener and garden tool expert will discuss the importance of caring for and readying garden tools for next year. Meyers will also demonstrate effective tool sharpening. Bring your personal garden tools; Meyers will be available between noon and 2 p.m. to sharpen them for a small donation.
Plant sale: The all-day Plant Sale will feature a variety of native plants, perennials, bulbs and trees — all locally grown. These plants are known to thrive in our coastal growing areas and are ready for fall transplanting. Sedges, silver weed, coastal strawberries, mature zebra and maidenhair grasses and herbs are a few featured plants. Master Gardeners will help you select the best plants for your growing conditions.
Garden “treasure sale”: Everyone needs more “treasures”: gently used garden tools, wood planters, books, art and even items for the home. How about a vintage outdoor water pump or decorative bicycle? It’s all here, waiting for a new garden home.
Garden fun for kids: Crafts and learning activities to inspire growing interests in gardening. Kids will have several choices to create and take home garden crafts and mini gardens.