Need to drop off a sample?
To help Master Gardeners make an accurate assessment, you can drop off a fresh specimen at the WSU Extension office M-Th from 9:00 – 2:00 PM, 121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock, WA. Please include a sample that clearly shows the demarcation between un-healthy and healthy tissue. Pick a fresh plant specimen, put the cut end of the stem in a moist paper towel, and then place it in a plastic bag.
If cut plants are left in sunny or hot location they will wilt excessively thus making diagnosis very difficult.
For plant identification we need a representative sample that includes the vegetative portion of the plant (leaves, branches, stems), a portion of the fruiting or flowering structure, and a representative portion of the stem or bark. For insect identification we need an intact specimen brought into us in a small container soon after capture.
It is a rare occurrence when samples can not be identified at the WSU Jefferson County Extension Plant Clinic in Port Townsend. If there are instances where a specimen needs to go the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory there will be a modest charge for identification and further recommendations.
If you are having trouble in your garden and pest, disease or cultural causes don’t seem to be the reason, you may wish to get a soil test. Please visit the Jefferson County Conservation District for information on how to take samples and interpret the results at https://www.jeffersoncd.org/what/soil-sampling/. Testing costs vary depending on which analyses you choose.
Concerned about lead in your soil? Lead may be a concern if your garden is near an older painted structure. Lead in residential building paint was common up until the mid-1970’s, when it was phased out. To learn more about lead in soil, take a look at OSU Extension’s Evaluating and Reducing Lead Hazard in Gardens and Landscapes publication.