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Green Thumb Lecture Series – New Vegetable Varieties 8-11-22

August 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

new sweet potato varieties can be grown in Clallam county
New sweet potatoes varieties can be grown in Clallam

Are you growing bored with planting the same thing in your vegetable garden year after year? The Olympic Peninsula’s growing season isn’t always kind to vegetable varieties that need a warmer climate or a longer growing season. Join Carol Miles, Director of Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, for a look at new vegetable varieties that can bring renewed interest and additional nutrition to your garden and table. Carol’s Zoom presentation is from noon – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11th and is part of Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Green Thumb Gardening Tips education series.

Find a direct link to the Zoom presentation here.

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 920 0799 1742

Passcode: 709395

New cantaloupe varieties can be grown in Clallam County
New cantaloupe varieties can be grown in Clallam County.

Carol will explore interesting new vegetable crops that can be grown in western Washington—like sweet potatoes, bulb fennel, cantaloupe and popping beans. She will also talk about general production information, which varieties are suitable for our area and handling procedures to ensure success.

Why try something new in your garden? New vegetable varieties help to increase diversity and success in home garden production, provide a more diverse and healthy local diet, and they can expand your understanding of new growing opportunities based on climate and variety selection.

Carol has been trialing new crops for western Washington for almost 30 years. She works with breeders to test their advanced breeding lines that can result in the release of new varieties that are suitable for our region. “I especially enjoy the final test for all crops I work with…how good are they to eat,” Carol said.

Carol received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science at Cornell University. She joined Washington State University in 1994 and is the WSU Vegetable Extension Specialist and Director of the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. Carol specializes in vegetable production, especially new crops, new varieties and organic and sustainable production practices.

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, due to current social distancing concerns with COVID-19. 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.


August 11, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Online presentation
WA United States


WSU Extension Master Gardener Program
(360) 565-2679