Zoom into fall, winter vegetable gardening

The mild, maritime climate of the North Olympic Peninsula allows local gardeners to grow vegetables in all four seasons, local gardening experts say. With good timing, careful crop selection and steps to protect plants from the cold and rain, you can harvest vegetables from your own garden for Thanksgiving (or even Christmas) dinner.

From 10:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 16, Clallam County Master Gardener Bob Cain will teach local gardeners how to grow vegetables in fall and winter on the North Olympic Peninsula with his presentation “Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening,” available on Zoom.

Part of the Clallam County Master Gardener’s Digging Deeper educational series, this live presentation is free, open to the public and accessible via a link at extension.wsu.edu/clallam/master-gardener-calendar. To join by phone, call 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 920 0799 1742, passcode 709395).

Cain, who grows vegetables year-round in his garden in Sequim, will identify crops that produce well in fall and winter and the necessary timing of planting. He will describe common materials that can be used to insulate plants from cooler temperatures and methods of active and passive solar capture to provide supplemental heat.

He will also touch on the pitfalls of fall and winter gardening — including common diseases and pests and how to avoid them.

Cain joined Clallam County Master Gardeners in 2009 and is a frequent contributor to local newspaper gardening columns and radio programs. He was the Manager of the Woodcock Demonstration Garden for 7 years. Cain was the 2009 Master Gardener Intern of the Year and the 2011 Master Gardener of the Year. Cain has attained the Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners. He has more than 40 years of gardening experience in the cooler climates of Scotland, Ireland, Colorado and Washington state.

For more information about “Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening” or the Digging Deeper series, call 360-477-0116. To learn about other Clallam County Master Gardener events, visit extension.wsu.edu/clallam/mg/educational-activities.