Veteran Master Gardener Bob Cain will discuss common pests and diseases in vegetable gardens at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road, as part of the Master Gardener Class Act at Woodcock educational series.
He also will make this presentation at noon Thursday, June 11, in the county commissioners meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, for the Master Gardeners Green Thumb Garden Tips Brown Bag series.
Cain will identify some of the most common pests and diseases encountered on the Olympic Peninsula and signs and symptoms of damage to vegetable crops. He also will address WSU recommended methods of prevention, treatment and control, including products to deal with each issue in the most sustainable and environmentally acceptable way.
Cain has grown vegetables since he was a teenager in Scotland, Ireland, Colorado and Washington. He is 2009 Master Gardener Intern of the Year and 2011 Master Gardener of the Year. He served as president of the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County and manager of the Woodcock Demonstration Garden. He writes a monthly article on plant disease and general plant problems, particularly with vegetables, for the Master Gardener newsletter. He is a frequent contributor to gardening columns in local newspapers and the gardening show on KSQM 91.5. He has provided many presentations through the Class Act at Woodcock Garden, Green Thumb Gardening Tips Brown Bags, the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show in Sequim and other venues.
The Class Act at Woodcock Garden is presented at 10 a.m. on various Saturdays throughout the summer. The Green Thumb Garden Tips brown bag series is held from noon-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Port Angeles.
The presentations are free and open to the public. However, donations to help offset copying costs for handouts are accepted. For questions, call 417-2279.