Class Act at Woodcock

Veteran Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardener Muriel Nesbitt will present information on cultivation potatoes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Master Gardeners Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road, Sequim.


Nesbitt will provide an overview of the history of potato growing, potato diseases and the importance of genetic diversity of potato plants. According to Nesbitt, climate change, disease and commercial marketing have decreased the number of potato varieties available to growers. She will explain the difference between growing potatoes from seed potato or tubers and growing them from seed balls harvested from fruit produced by the flowers. She will discuss common varieties that grow well on the Olympic Peninsula and how to select seed potatoes. She will also discuss collecting, preparing, storing and planting potato seeds.