Master Gardener Muriel Nesbitt will discuss growing potatoes from seed on Thursday. (Amanda Rosenberg)

Growing potatoes from seed topic of Port Angeles lecture

PORT ANGELES — Veteran Master Gardener Muriel Nesbitt will discuss “The Sex Life of Potatoes” at noon Thursday.

The presentation will be in Room 160, the county commissioners’ meeting room, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

It is part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips” education series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners. This presentation replaces the lecture on garden beetles, which was originally scheduled for this date.

Nesbitt will talk about how to grow potatoes from seed.

She will describe the reproduction system of potatoes and the difference between planting true potato seed and seed potatoes, or tubers.

She also will explain how to sow, cultivate and harvest the potato crop and save seeds, and how cultivating seeds contributes to the biodiversity of potato crops.

She will talk about potato varieties, the history of potato domestication and potato diseases.

Nesbitt, who earned a doctorate in genetics from the University of Washington, retired from teaching biology at the University of California, San Diego.

She directed the Clallam County Master Gardener program from 2009 to 2012 and is a frequent speaker on sustainable growing and an instructor for the Master Gardener intern training.

This presentation replaces the lecture on garden beetles, which was originally scheduled for this date.

The Master Gardener Green Thumb Garden Tips education series is on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.

For questions, call 360-565-2679.