“Pumpkins and Squash” by Muriel Nesbitt
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Fall will be in the air when Muriel Nesbitt discusses the different species of typically grown squashes and pumpkins. She will talk about which varieties cross with which, and how to approach seed saving, given the possibilities for cross pollination. Nesbitt will describe how to avoid cross pollination, and how to hand pollinate. Attendees will learn about squash bees and steps to take that encourage them to visit your garden. Nesbitt will talk about optimal growing and storage conditions, when to harvest, and how to prepare harvested pumpkins and squashes for storage. During the presentation, she will share a few of her favorite jack o lantern images.
Dr. Nesbitt earned her PhD in genetics from the University of Washington and taught biology at the University of California, San Diego for 35 years. She directed the Clallam County Master Gardener program from 2009 to 2012 and remains a community leader teaching courses, giving lectures, and sharing her knowledge. Nesbitt received the Golden Trowel award attaining Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners. Her interests include using science, experience, and experiment in her own garden to grow nutritious food and flowers for bees.
Join Muriel Nesbitt online by accessing the WSU events page here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clallam/event/green-thumb-garden-tip-series-pumpkins-and-squash-2/ and tapping “Follow this link to access the live presentation.”
Please login a few minutes early to make sure the connection is working properly, volume on the speakers is adequate, microphone is muted so that attendees cannot hear background noise from your location and video is off.
The “Green Thumbs Garden Tips” education series is sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners. Live streaming presentations are available on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October. In November, December, and January, one program is offered. These lectures provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County. For questions, call 360-565-2679.