Paul Kolesnikoff discusses growing figs on the North Olympic Peninsula at a Zoom presentation set for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of Paul Kolesnikoff

Paul Kolesnikoff discusses growing figs on the North Olympic Peninsula at a Zoom presentation set for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of Paul Kolesnikoff

Growing figs topic of Green Thumbs presentation

PORT ANGELES — Paul Kolesnikoff, a graduate of the 2019 WSU Master Gardener Program, will discuss how to grow figs at noon Thursday.

The event is the latest in the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series, sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Join Kolesnikoff online at wsu.zoom.us/j/98299857597 (Meeting ID: 982 9985 7597), or by calling 253-215-8782. The meeting ID is 982 9985 7597, and passcode is 998020.

Zoom attendees are asked to log in early to check that their speaker volume is adequate and microphone is muted

Kolesnikoff will discuss the history of figs and man’s history with figs during his hour-long, free presentation.

He also will talk about the unique fig life cycle, a few of the many ways to prune fig trees for enhanced fruit production and the relatively few problems gardeners encounter growing figs in the local climate.

Attendees will learn about propagating fig trees as well as storing the yummy fruit for consumption later.

Kolesnikoff planted his first garden at 8 years of age and was so excited when his first seeds sprouted that he developed a lifelong passion for gardening.

A principal engineer position with Ball Aerospace landed him in Nederland, Colo., where he spent 30 years at 8,300 feet with snowfalls from September to June. Gardening there was virtually impossible.

He moved to Clallam County in 2016 with the goal of growing most of his own food and restoring his 100-year-old house.

Kolesnikoff joined the Port Angeles Garden Club in 2017 and was inspired to learn fig pruning by a tree he saw on their garden tour last summer.

Green Thumbs Garden Tips live-streaming presentations are available from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one program is offered).

The lectures provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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