Tickets are on sale for the 2023 Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Yard & Garden Virtual Lecture Series. The lectures are offered in a live webinar format, and will run on six Saturday mornings: February 11 and 25, and March 4, 11, 18, and 25.
The lecture on March 25 is “How Climate Change is Robbing You (and Your Garden) of Nutrients”
Muriel Nesbitt is a geneticist, retired biology professor at University of California San Diego, former director of the Clallam County Master Gardener program, a frequent speaker on sustainable growing, and an instructor for Master Gardener intern training. Muriel will start her talk by focusing on Myzus persicae — better known as the green peach aphid, greenfly, or the peach-potato aphid — its life cycle, and the effect of climate warming on its reproduction, numbers and distribution. From there, she will share her findings on the decline in nutrient content in vegetables, the reasons for it, and in particular the effect of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in the garden.