Muriel Nesbitt discusses techniques for achieving benefits of tilling without damaging soil structure via Zoom on April 22. Photo by Amanda Rosenberg

Muriel Nesbitt discusses techniques for achieving benefits of tilling without damaging soil structure via Zoom on April 22. Photo by Amanda Rosenberg

Local gardeners invited to consider ‘To Till or Not to Till’

Ever thought of creating a vegetable garden that does not require tilling?

Muriel Nesbitt, an educator who taught biology for 35 years at the University of California-San Diego, will talk about the benefits and drawbacks of using soil-disturbing cultivation at the next Green Thumbs Garden Tips series presentation, set for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, on Zoom.

Join Nesbitt’s presentation, “To Till or Not to Till, That is a Question,” by going to extension.wsu.edu/clallam and selecting the crimson button. Or call 253-215-8782 (meeting ID: 926 8267 3924, passcode: 301011) to join by phone.

Nesbitt will explain what factors gardeners should consider when deciding whether a low tillage garden is right for their situation. She will also discuss some techniques for achieving some of the benefits of tilling without damaging soil structure.

Gardeners will come away with an understanding of what low till gardening looks like, tips on choosing mulch, managing nutrients and ideas for managing weeds and vegetable pests when using this system, event organizers say.

In addition to her tenure at UC San Diego, Nesbitt earned a PhD in genetics from the University of Washington.

She directed the Clallam County Master Gardener program from 2009-2012 and remains a community leader teaching courses, giving lectures, and sharing her knowledge.

Nesbitt is a recipient of Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners. Her interests include using science, experience, and experiment in her own garden to grow clean, nutritious food and, flowers for bees.

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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