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Gardening/Composting/Recycling Question and Answer Clinic

Program Contact: WSU Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter Question/Answer Clinic


Do you have a plant eaten-up by bugs or diseases? Maybe you have a plant or weed you cannot identify? Wondering how to turn your yard waste into compost? Not sure if something can be recycled?

That’s where the WSU Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter volunteers of Thurston County can help. Our certified volunteers can answer your questions using the most accurate, unbiased, scientifically proven, local information and resources. This service is free to all Thurston County residents.

Gardening/Composting/Recycling Question and Answer Clinic –


Our WSU Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter volunteers are answering your questions via email only and at select in-person events around Thurston County. Visit our Events page to learn more.

If you have a question please email it to:

If your question is related to the plant health problem, it would be helpful to attach a couple of photos with your email. Please send one that shows the plant in the surrounding landscape and another close to the plant showing the area of concern. By providing photos in your initial email will help us expedite a response.




Volunteers can only provide information to home gardeners. Commercial farms and businesses need to contact WSU Thurston County Extension office for help, (360) 867-2189.

Volunteers are NOT allowed to visit personal properties to do site visits or evaluations.

The following are topics our volunteers are NOT permitted to answer:

  • Questions concerning commercial crop and nursery
    production, municipal parks and trees, homeowner/condo association landscape issues, pesticide regulations, wetlands or waterways, livestock and pasture, pet or human health, and food safety/preservation topics must be referred to the appropriate WSU Extension educator and can’t be answered by WSU Master Gardener volunteers.
  • For health issues, including a sense of being bitten by something, clients need to contact their personal medical advisers or to their County Health District.
  • Provide legal advice.
  • Edibility of mushrooms and other foraged plants.
  • Growing marijuana.
  • Endorsements of specific businesses and services. i.e. local lawn/garden service companies, landscape architects, best nurseries  etc.

Our in-person Question/Answer Clinic at Thurston County Extension office is closed until further notice. Instead we are taking our clinics to select in-person events around Thurston County.

The Gardens and Clinics are operated by WSU and Thurston County trained and certified volunteers. All services provided by Thurston County WSU Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter volunteers are free to Thurston County residents.


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For more composting and recycling information visit.