Cover crops topic of Green Thumbs presentation

Master Gardener Bob Cain offers information on using cover crops in home gardens on Sept. 12 in Port Angeles. Photo courtesy of Bob Cain

Master Gardener Bob Cain offers information on using cover crops in home gardens on Sept. 12 in Port Angeles. Photo courtesy of Bob Cain

PORT ANGELES — Veteran Master Gardener Bob Cain will provide information about cover crops, also known as green manure, and how they fit into vegetable crop rotation at a lecture at noon Thursday.

The free hour-long talk will be in the county commissioners’ meeting room (Room 160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The event is part of the “Green Thumbs Garden Tip” education series, sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Cain will discuss the uses of cover crops for soil conditioning, controlling erosion, alleviating soil compaction, attracting beneficial insects, enhancing pollination and suppressing diseases and weeds.

He will cover planting strategies for three types of cover crops, discuss mixed seed mixtures to deliver soil nitrogen and organic matter, and provide an analysis of legume nitrogen delivery and a comparison with conventional fertilizers.

A Master Gardener since 2009, Cain has 40 years of gardening experience in Scotland, Ireland, Colorado and Washington state. He writes a monthly article on plant disease for the Clallam County Master Gardener newsletter and is a frequent contributor to local newspaper gardening columns.

Cain is the 2009 Master Gardener Intern of the Year and 2011 Master Gardener of the year. He served as the garden manager of the Woodcock Demonstration Garden for five years and is a past president of the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County.

The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” series is held in Port Angeles the second and fourth Thursday each month [except November, December, and January when one presentation is offered].

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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