Master Gardeners: Is Your Dirt Healthy and Happy?

Did you know there are over 30 different soil types in San Juan County? Soils can differ over even a small landscape in physical, chemical, and biological properties, impacting what, when, and how we grow, and whether our efforts are successful. Fortunately, we can alter many soil properties to our benefit. Knowing what’s in your soil – its strengths and weaknesses – can help make you a better gardener and steward of your most important resource.

Join Stephen Bramwell, soil scientist, avid gardener, and Director of Thurston County Extension, at the San Juan County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop. His workshop, titled “Bountiful Soil,” will discuss the makeup of good soil, how to properly sample for a soil test, how to interpret the results, and how to amend with only what your soil truly needs. A good soil test can reveal a wealth of invaluable knowledge about your dirt, such as its pH and whether primary and secondary nutrients, including micronutrients, are lacking or overabundant.

The Annual Gardening Workshop is a day-long event, with noted authorities speaking on a wide variety of topics of interest to PNW coastal gardeners. Multiple choices allow you to plan your day to attend workshops of interest to you. The keynote speaker is Linda Gilkeson, noted Entomologist and gardening author, speaking on “Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate.” Additional workshops include planting for pollinators, restoring island wildflowers, dealing with wireworms, growing berries and fruit trees, small space vegetable gardens, camellias in our climate, and gardening with children.

Visit GardenWorkshop.org for complete descriptions of each workshop. Purchase tickets here. Tickets are $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance purchase recommended. San Juan County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop

Presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with San Juan County Washington State University Extension October 7 from 8:30 – 4:30 Friday Harbor Middle School 85 Blair Ave. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The Annual Gardening Workshop is presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with the San Juan County Washington State University Extension.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact the WSU San Juan County Extension office at 360-370- 7663 or http://[email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event.

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