Growing Groceries Program

Up until 2018, the King County Growing Groceries Program centered on advising gardeners in community gardens in the county and we intend to continue and enhance those Master Gardener connections. In the fall of 2018, we launched an educational series, Growing Groceries 2.0, focused on teaching our community how to grow healthy food using research-based sustainable gardening practices. The July 2018 Concept Paper describes the intent of the series, including future plans. Note that this series is inspired by the ongoing Snohomish County Growing Groceries Education Series.

Golden Sweet Snow Peas - Photo credit Linda Shepherd

Photo credit: MG Linda Shepherd

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Growing Groceries 2.0 Classes

Beginning in October 2018, King County Master Gardeners began to offer ten 2.5-hour classes designed for Master Gardeners as well as the general public. Below is the list of the 2019-2020 classes presented by WSU Extension Master Gardeners on the art and science of growing your own food. While Growing Groceries 2.0 is designed to be an integrated in-depth series of classes, building on knowledge gained, each class contains the minimum information needed to get started.

Where: The Grange, 145 NE Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027

When: All classes are held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Cost: Just take the classes you want for $5 per person or register for all eleven for $55.

Registration: Online registration will open on July 15, 2019.

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2018-2019 Growing Groceries Classes in King County

Descriptions below with class details are being added. Check back to see more information about each topic.

Classes on crop plants include variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, and pest management techniques.

To see Growing Groceries in action, visit Bellevue Demonstration Garden and Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden  — as well as other Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens in King County.

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Thank you to the Issaquah Grange for donating classroom space! 


  • King County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens demonstrating growing groceries
  • Home Vegetable Gardening in WashingtonWSU Extension Publication EM057E, a free download PDF, describes site-specific growing conditions, tools and equipment, vegetable planting, irrigation, soil management, integrated pest management, harvesting, vegetable storage and preservation.
  • WSU Hortsense: Home gardening fact sheets for managing plant problems.
  • Pacific Northwest Pest Management Handbooks are Pacific Northwest Extension Publications put together by Washington State University, Oregon State University, and University of Idaho. They include online handbooks for identifying and managing insects and plant diseases. A Quick Find feature allows users to type in the plant name to find a list of diseases or insects that impact it. You will find a description of the disease/insect as well as photos for positive identification, symptoms, and cultural as well as chemical controls.

Gardening Tip Sheets for Puget Sound Gardening: These Puget Sound Gardening Tip Sheets are downloadable online WSU Extension publications that contain the wisdom and knowledge of past and current WSU Extension Educators and Master Gardeners in King County.

  • #1 Gardening Websites — includes links about general gardening information, pests, diseases, weeds, pesticides, composting, and soil testing.
  • #2 Gardening Publications — includes free publications on vegetables, fruit, soil, pests, and more.
  • #3 New to Gardening in Western Washington — can help you get off to a good start.
  • #4 Local Resources & Events — has links to Master Gardener Clinics and Demonstration Gardens, garden-related organizations, local nurseries, and more.
  • #5 Edible Gardening — includes frost dates for four Puget Sound locations, references about extending the season, hints on selecting a location, and suggestions for local plant sales and nurseries.
  • #6 Container Gardening — covers soil, fertilizer, plant selection, and watering.
  • #7 Tomatoes — offers guidance based in part on growing tomatoes in King County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens.
  • #8 Herbs — covers basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
  • #9 Pest and Disease Control —  lists several cultural practices that can reduce pest populations to acceptable levels, and recommends several WSU resources which go into more depth on cultural, chemical and biological controls by specific pest, disease and plant.

Seed Selection

Seed varieties for our region are available through seed companies such as Territorial Seed Company,  West Coast Seeds, Uprising Seeds, and Osborne Quality Seeds.

Updated August 2018

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