A lucky day for Clallam County vegetable gardeners

Home gardeners can get timely advice from local experts about vegetable gardening from noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.

The event is part of Lunch in the Garden, an educational series sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners on the second Friday of each month through September.

Each month local Master Gardeners lead a fast-paced, one-hour walk through the community garden to show home gardeners what needs to be done in vegetable gardens at that time and what problems are likely to appear. During these walks, Master Gardeners also answer questions and share recipes that use fresh local produce.

This month veteran Master Gardeners Bob Cain, Laurel Moulton and Jeanette Stehr-Green will talk about growing tomatoes and potatoes, unusual food crops, slug control and more.  Meggan Uecker, Clallam County Waste Reduction coordinator, will join the Master Gardeners to talk about composting and Hugelkultur, a European gardening technique that builds on a base of woody debris.

Moulton has been a Master Gardener since 2006 and is the Master Gardener Program coordinator. Cain joined Master Gardeners in 2009 and was Clallam County Master Gardener Foundation president from 2011-2013. Stehr-Green has been a Master Gardener since 2003 and was the 2012 Clallam County Veteran Master Gardener of the Year. All three have been growing vegetables and herbs for many years.

Lunch in the Garden walks are free and open to the public. The walks are ideal for persons starting a vegetable garden for the first time and gardeners who are new to the Pacific Northwest but also are beneficial to the more experienced gardener. In addition, the walks are a fun and healthy way to spend your lunch hour.

The Fifth Street Community Garden is just off Peabody Streett, right across from City Hall. The garden includes over 50 individuals plots that are each 9 feet by 12 feet.

The garden was developed on city property in 2011 with a vision to connect people to the earth and their community through growing food.

For more information about Lunch in the Garden, call 565-2679.



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