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Green Thumb 6-23-22: Scheduling Planting for Fall and Winter Gardening

June 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bob Cain prepares the soil for planting
Bob Cain prepares the soil for planting

“Scheduling Planting for Fall and Winter Gardening” by Bob Cain

Thursday, June 23, 2022

12 noon to 1pm on Zoom

 The Olympic Peninsula is uniquely suited to grow vegetables all year thanks to its geographic position and mild climate. And with food prices on the rise, it pays to know more about growing vegetables year-round. Find out how four-season gardening can benefit your family by providing good nutrition and additional food security. Join veteran Master Gardener Bob Cain for the Green Thumb Gardening Tips Series Zoom presentation “Scheduling Planting for Fall and Winter Gardening” on June 23rd from noon – 1:00 p.m. for valuable information on end-of-year growing.

Find a direct link to the Zoom presentation here.

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 920 0799 1742

Passcode: 709395

Bob will discuss the local climate and how it influences what, when and where vegetables can be grown, as well as reasons why we should consider this as a food security option. He will also look at the opportunities and limitations of growing vegetables during the colder parts of the year when many vegetables will be commanding peak prices.

Bob will distinguish between fall and winter gardens since they require slightly different approaches, planting schedules and limitations. “Some gardeners may prefer to try a fall garden first and see how that works for them. If their attempts are successful, then perhaps they will make the leap to winter gardening,” Bob suggested.

Bob will look at limitations of fall and winter gardening—such as supplemental heat needs and weather protection—and provide examples of how they can be overcome by using a bit of ingenuity and forethought. “Fall and winter gardening can be carried out even where the planting area is small, so do not let that discourage you,” Bob said. In addition, many of the gardening techniques discussed will carry over and can be used to get a jump-start for growing in the spring.

Bob earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology and chemistry and has a Ph.D. in chemistry. He has 40 years of experience growing vegetables in Scotland, Ireland, Colorado and Washington. Bob is a veteran of the Clallam County Master Gardeners since 2009. He has written monthly articles on plant disease for the Clallam County Master Gardener Newsletter and is a frequent contributor to gardening columns in the local newspaper. Bob has been celebrated as 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 in Sequim for seven years and is a past President and Board member of the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County.

For more information on gardening in the colder months, join Bob for a more detailed and comprehensive presentation on “Fall and Winter Gardens” on July 16th from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Clallam County Master Gardener Woodcock Demonstration Garden in Sequim as part of the “Digging Deeper” series. This presentation which will cover additional topics such as successful varieties for this area and what vegetables work best in a four-season rotation.

Green Thumb Education Series Presentations are held from 12 to 1 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months. Talks are currently only being offered by online streaming. Please see instructions for accessing the live stream. Presentations and associated printed materials will be archived on the local articles and archived presentations portion of our website. These events are free, but donations to help support the WSU Clallam County Extension Master Gardener program are appreciated.


June 23, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Online presentation
WA United States


WSU Extension Master Gardener Program
(360) 565-2679