GG 2.0 Classes on Beacon Hill

2019-2020 Growing Groceries Classes on Beacon Hill, Seattle

Where: El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle (adjacent to Beacon Hill Link Light rail)

What: Classes on small garden vegetable gardening in the Pacific NW with specific advice for beginner and intermediate gardeners and to especially help gardeners in our local community. Classes are offered from October 2019 through July 2020.

When: All classes are held on Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Cost: $5 per class

Registration: Online registration will open on August 1. Watch your email or this space to register.

Classes listed below will be offered at the El Centro location from October 2019 to July 2020. Here are brief descriptions to help you identify classes you will find of interest including soils, garden design, a variety of seasonal plant selections including fall and winter gardening.

  • Oct. 22, 2019 — Soil #1 / Season Extenders / Garlic. Learn about the soil in your gardening space. Find out how to determine what type(s) of soil you have and how to get your soil tested. (We will offer a follow-up class on 01/07/2020 to help you read your soil test.) It’s the end of the season for some gardeners but not for all. If you want to garden into the fall, then season extenders are a must. Did you know garlic is a crop best planted in the fall, learn how to get a crop started for summer harvest?
  • Nov. 12, 2019Garden Planning & Design / Seed Selection or Starts. A successful garden begins with good planning and design. This class focuses on how to get your garden started. How wide should garden beds be? Are raised beds better than in-ground garden beds? Which crops grow well in the Pacific Northwest? Should I plant seeds in my vegetable garden or begin with starts?
  • Jan. 7, 2020 — Soil #2 / Composting. Now that you’ve had your soil tested let’s interpret the test results and determine next steps. Compost is touted as a miracle worker in the garden, learn more about compost and the do’s and don’ts of composting.
  • Jan. 28, 2020Container & Small Space Gardening / Alliums. Containers are a great way to grow more food. Small space gardening has become a popular and decorative way to grow in limited space. If you want to try your hand at growing onions and leeks, you can start them from seed now!
  • Feb. 11, 2020Small Fruit / Crop Rotation / Brassicaceae. Strawberries, cane berries, blueberries, and currants OH MY! Did you know crop rotation is an essential practice that keeps your veggie garden happy and healthy? Kale is king in many kitchens, but this trendy, leafy green has other delicious family members as well, namely broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • Feb. 25, 2020Seed Starting (Inside and Outside). Learn tips and tricks for starting seeds inside for transplanting and sowing seeds directly outside in the ground. Which seeds should I start and when? There are so many choices when it comes to growing your crops from seed.
  • March 3, 2020Nightshade (Tomatoes, Potatoes), (Peppers, Eggplants). Tomatoes mean summer has fully arrived. The nightshade family consists of heat-loving crops that deserve a place in your garden this season. With similar growing requirements, these culinary powerhouses thrive with a bit of heat and tender loving care. Who does not love a savory summer vegetable stew with tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers?
  • March 24, 2020Bugs / Apiaceae/ Compositae. Are those bugs you see in your garden good bugs or bad bugs? How can you tell and what should you do about them? Leafy greens and carrots are some of the first crops to plant outside in the spring, let’s get these seeds into the ground.
  • April 7, 2020 Watering / Weeds / Fabaceae / Poacea. If you have sown some seeds or planted some starts, you’ll need to water and watch out for weeds. Discover all the options you have for effectively watering your garden. The how to’s of peas, beans, and corn are the garden crops featured in this class.
  • May 19, 2019Herbs / Perennial Vegetables / Cucurbitaceae. Many herbs and perennial vegetables can provide you with years of delicious fragrance, yummy flavors, and healthy produce. These reasons alone are worth giving them a try. Growing cucumbers, as well as, summer and winter squash will supply you with yearlong sustenance, some winter squashes will store until spring!
  • July 21, 2020 — Succession Planting / Fall & Winter Gardening / Seed Saving. Once a crop is harvested, it’s time to make way for another. Succession planting assures your garden produces an abundance of crops. If you want to extend your growing season, learn how to garden in the fall and winter. Seed saving allows you to culitvate that hard to find variety again next season. To save on seed cost, it is wise to learn to save last seasons seed for an upcoming harvest.

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


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