Master Gardener Bob Cain looks to educate locals about fungicides at the next Green Thumb Garden Tips session, set for Thursday, April 8. Photo by Amanda Rosenberg

Master Gardener Bob Cain looks to educate locals about fungicides at the next Green Thumb Garden Tips session, set for Thursday, April 8. Photo by Amanda Rosenberg

Garden talk to offer ‘common sense’ guide to using fungicide

Veteran gardener Bob Cain presents “A Common Sense Guide to Fungicide Use” at the next Green Thumbs Garden Tips event set for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, on Zoom.

Join Cain, whose master’s and doctoral theses were based on how plants produce their own fungicides in response to infection, and how soil fungi produce antibiotics, to learn about common fungal disease issues on the Olympic Peninsula and how to treat them with organic and conventional fungicides.

To join the presentation, on a computer, go to and select the crimson button=. To join by phone, call 253-215-8782 with meeting ID 922 3655 1514 and passcode 649304.

Cain will discuss the environmental conditions which create susceptibility for fungal disease and ways to mitigate the environmental triggers. He will explain what a fungicide is and what it is not, how fungicides work, and how to apply fungicide safely.

Cain has more than 40 years of gardening experience in Scotland, Ireland, Colorado, and Washington. He writes a monthly article on vegetable growing for the Clallam County Master Gardener newsletter, “Between the Vines,” as well as articles on plant disease and pests.

He has been and continues to be a frequent contributor to local newspaper gardening columns and local radio gardening programs.

Cain is the 2009 Master Gardener Intern of the Year, 2011 Master Gardener of the year and has attained Lifetime Achievement status for continued service to Clallam County Master Gardeners.

He served as Manager of the Woodcock Demonstration Garden for seven years, is a past President of the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County and has overseen the Woodcock Orchard and garden spray program for the last seven years.

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series seeks to provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County.

The series is offered via streaming presentations from noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one program is offered).

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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