Growing Groceries Program

For the past few years, the King County Growing Groceries Program has centered on advising gardeners in community gardens in the county and we intend to continue and to enhance those Master Gardener connections. Now we are launching an educational series, Growing Groceries 2.0, focused on teaching our community how to grow healthy food using research-based sustainable gardening practices. Here is the July 2018 Concept Paper for the series. 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 will offer ten 2.5-hour classes designed for Master Gardeners as well as the general public. Below is the list of  the 2018-19 classes to be presented by WSU Extension Master Gardeners.

Where: The Grange, 145 NE Gilman Blvd, Issaquah

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 ten for $50. As a bonus to those who pre-register for all ten classes, you will be invited to tours of the Bellevue Demonstration Garden, Soos Creek Growing Groceries Garden and Marymoor Community Garden

Registration: Space is limited, so please register early. To register online, visit ??? [Constant Contact?] or download this page, check classes you want, indicate the total enclosed, and mail with your check to ???

WSU extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs; contact WSU Extension at king.mg@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

2018-2019 Growing Groceries Classes in King County

  • Oct. 17, 2018 — Principles of Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest and the Onion Family aka Alliums, including garlic, onions, leeks, chives, shallots.
  • Nov. 14, 2018Soil, compost, gardening methods (raised beds, till, no-till, double digging), fertilizers and amendments by crop type, soil analysis interpretation, tips on how to promote “warm soil” (cover soil, plant in raised beds).
  • Jan. 9, 2019Planning and garden design (what, where, spacing, timing, not shade small plants by tall plants), crop rotation by family for fertility and pest avoidance, succession planting, planting dates, value of a garden notebook.
  • Jan. 30, 2019Small fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) and other perennials (rhubarb, asparagus). Variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques.
  • Feb. 13, 2019Seed starting and early greens. raising transplants, hardening-off and planting transplants; warming soil tips, labeling crop name and planting date, tracking. Early greens such as lettuce, covering variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques.
  • Feb. 27, 2019Cabbage Family (Brassicaceae, formerly Cuciferae) includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, arugula, mustard, rutabaga, turnip, radish) and Chenopod Family (beet, Swiss chard spinach). Variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques. Define and demonstrate “as soon as soil can be worked” and how to promote “workable” (cover soil, plant in raised beds) and tips on warming the soil (cover soil, plant in raised beds).
  • Mar. 13, 2019Pea Family (Leguminosae) includes peas, green beans, dry beans, and lentils. Carrot Family (Apiaceae, formerly Umbelliferae) includes carrots, parsnips, celery, dill, fennel, lovage, parsley, chervil, coriander). Variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques.
  • Mar. 27, 2019Bugs, weeding, and watering: Good pollinator and predator bugs; crop-damaging bad bugs. Weeding & watering (water-wise, irrigation, mulching, watering seeds vs seedlings and mature plants).
  • Apr. 10, 2019Tomato Family (Solanaceae). The Nightshade family includes tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and peppers. Variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques. Demonstration: trench transplant a tomato.
  • May 8, 2019Cucumber Family (Cucurbaceae) includes cucumbers, squash, melons; and Corn (Grass Family—Gramineae). Variety selection, cultural requirements, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, pest management techniques.

For questions contact: growinggroceries.king@gmail.com

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Updated July 11, 2018


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