Green Thumb: Productive blueberry growing on Olympic Peninsula

Veteran WSU Clallam County Master Gardener Jeanette Stehr-Green will share her knowledge and experience on establishing healthy, productive blueberry plants in Clallam County at noon Thursday, April 27, in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The presentation is part of the Green Thumb Garden Tips education series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Stehr-Green has learned to overcome alkaline soil, as well as damage from deer, birds and drought, to produce a happy, healthy blueberry crop.

She will describe the ideal planting site for blueberries and soil acidity, fertilization and watering requirements. She also will provide tips for pruning blueberry bushes and identify good resources on growing blueberries.

Stehr-Green has been a Master Gardener since 2003. A frequent educational speaker for the Master Gardener program, she has written numerous articles for local newspaper gardening columns, appears monthly on the “Todd Ortloff Show” on KONP and may be heard on the KSQM “Garden Show.” She also leads summer garden walks at the 5th Street Garden in Port Angeles.

The Green Thumb Garden Tips education series is sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Port Angeles.

Attendees may bring a lunch. The presentations are free and open to the public. However, donations to help offset copying costs for handouts are accepted. For questions, call 565-2679.