Is Your Dirt Healthy and Happy?

Posted September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am by

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 7th 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://ma.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu at least two weeks pri­or to the event.

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