Hear Masters Gardeners’ take on growing tomatoes

Though the North Olympic Peninsula’s short growing season and cool summer temperatures can prevent tomato plants from setting fruit or keep fruit from ripening before the weather turns cold, locals can still can grow vine-ripened tomatoes here.

Veteran Clallam County Master Gardeners Jan Bartron, Betsy Burlingame, Laurel Moulton, David Rambin, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Audreen Williams will talk about growing tomatoes on the North Olympic Peninsula from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road.

During the presentation, the Master Gardener team will share tips on growing tomatoes successfully in the short, cool growing season. Participants will learn what tomato varieties grow best in our area and how to plant tomatoes to optimize available heat. They will learn how to care for tomato plants through the growing season and about the benefits and challenges of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse or hoop house.

The workshop will include demonstrations and displays on planting and pruning tomato bushes, the use of season extenders and trellises, and common tomato problems.

The presentation “Growing Tomatoes Well Here” is part of the Digging Deeper Saturdays’ Educational Series and will occur rain or shine. Attendees are asked to dress appropriately and wear shoes suitable for standing and walking around the Demonstration Garden.

For more information about “Growing Tomatoes Well Here” or the Digging Deeper series, call 360-565-2678 or 360-565-2679.