Master Gardeners to talk growing tomatoes

Get advice about growing tomatoes successfully in the North Olympic Peninsula’s maritime climate at the next Green Thumbs Garden Tips, set for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

Master Gardeners Audreen Williams and Jan Bartron will talk about meeting those challenges and providing optimal care so that each tomato plant yields abundant, vine-ripened fruit.

View the presentation at extension.wsu.edu/clallam/events.

Bartron and Williams will discuss cultivar selection; planting and plant care; and the basics of soil nutrition, adequate irrigation and pruning of tomato plants. Learn about support systems like staking, trellising, and caging and techniques for extending the growing season with hoop houses, walls o’water and the Oregon State University model.

Bartron and Williams are both graduates of the 2012 WSU Clallam County Master Gardener program. They share responsibilities for the double plots and blueberry patch at the 5th Street garden in Port Angeles which they care for on Mondays from 10 a.m.- noon; gardeners are welcome to stop by with questions while maintaining social distancing.

Williams has gardening experience in a variety of climates which include Hawaii, with its unlimited sunshine and heat, and Vancouver, WA with summer temperatures 10-20 degrees warmer than those on the Olympic Peninsula. However, she has found ways to alter her current environment to produce tasty fruits and vegetables.

Bartron’s life in the Pacific Northwest has provided her with opportunities to grow tomatoes in various home gardens and containers on her patio or deck. She looks forward to a new year and the opportunity to get growing again.

First-time users of Zoom are asked to login 10 minutes early to ensure the connection is working properly, speaker volume is adequate, microphone is muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise and video is off.

The Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series, sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, is held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December and January, one lecture is offered.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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