Learn how to grow mushrooms at Green Thumbs presentation

Find out how to grow your own mushrooms with a Gardener Green Thumb Gardening Tips Zoom presentation set for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.

Mushroom hobbyist Lowell Dietz leads the presentation titled “Mushroom Cultivation, Carbon Sequestration and Regenerative Soil.”

Find out more on the soil and cultivation needed for growing fungi.

Get the Zoom link at extension.wsu.edu/clallam/master-gardener-calendar. Or, join by phone at 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 920 0799 1742, passcode: 709395).

Dietz is a carpenter who grows oyster mushrooms; a hobby that he says pays for itself. After moving to Sequim in 2006, he learned of vermiculture — the cultivation of annelid worms (such as earthworms or bloodworms) for use in composting — at a Master Gardener event. He started selling composting worms in 2008 and so far, he now says he has sold more than 109,000 worms.

Dietz’s mushroom farm also sells plastic bags stuffed with colonized straw, or “mushroom growing kits.” After learning that bacteria were responsible for healing a health issue, he became a “gut bacteria evangelist” and determined it was his mission in life to reveal natures “secrets.”

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education 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). Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar (extension.wsu.edu/clallam/master-gardener-calendar) for the latest information on upcoming presentations.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.