Jefferson County Master Gardeners to conduct plant clinic on Saturday

PORT HADLOCK — Jefferson County Master Gardeners will conduct their “Ask a Master Gardener” plant clinic series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The free clinic will be in the Humphrey Room at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave.

The library hosts the plant clinic on the second Saturday of each month through Oct. 12.

Preceding this week’s clinic, at 12:30 p.m., master gardener Dianna Wiklund will present “WSU Garden Know-How: All About Growing Potatoes.”

During the clinic, master gardeners will be available to answer questions on selecting the right plants for the environment, composting, insect infestations and unknown pathogens damaging plants.

Attendees may bring a sample of an afflicted plant, or bring plant and insect specimens for identification.

Samples of plant problems should include both the healthy and affected tissue, the cut end of the stem should be wrapped with a moist paper towel and the cut plants should be kept in a cool and dark location to prevent wilting.

For plant identification, include photos or samples of the leaves, branches and stems of the plant, a portion of the fruiting or flowering structure and a representative portion of the stem or bark.

Identification is more likely when more structures of the plant can be examined.

For insect identification, bring an intact specimen in a small container soon after capture — keep it stored in a cool, dark place.

For more information, email Bridget Gregg at bridget.gregg@wsu.edu.

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