Growing Groceries Classes

Golden Sweet Snow Peas - Photo credit Linda Shepherd

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Learn to grow your own food! Growing Groceries is an integrated series of classes, building on knowledge gained. Yet each class contains the minimum information needed to get started.

As part of the Growing Groceries Program, the educational series is ideal for the beginner to intermediate home gardener and is crafted for the general public, although Master Gardeners may benefit as well.  We teach gardening practices based on current science, and appropriate for our environment. Class content is taught at the appropriate time of year when it can be applied in the garden. Participants in the program should become more successful in their home gardening outcomes and use more sustainable and environmentally healthy practices.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform

What: Classes cover vegetable gardening in Western Washington with specific advice on many crop plants. Classes are offered from October 2020 through May 2021.

When: All classes are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Registrants will receive Zoom instructions to access the online class at 5:00 PM the day of the class.

Cost: There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 for each class. Registration fees are used to support the Master Gardener Foundation of King County and the WSU Extension King County Master Gardener Program.

Registration: A separate registration is required for each class. Links to register for these online classes are found below.

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Nothing tastes better than tomatoes, peas, and beans fresh from your garden. Experiment with unusual vegetables and varieties not available in grocery stores or even at farmers markets. Discover strategies that will make you successful in the maritime climate of Western Washington.

Register for 2020-2021 Growing Groceries Classes

Classes for 2020-2021 are listed below with links for more detailed descriptions and resources to enhance your learning. Advance registration for each class is required. You cannot register for more than one class at a time. Use the sign-up link for each class to register.

Oct. 7, 2020Principles of Vegetable Gardening in Western Washington and the Onion Family aka Alliums, including garlic, onions, leeks, chives, shallots. Registration for this class is closed.
Oct. 28, 2020Planning and Garden Design includes location, spacing, timing, crop rotation by family for fertility and pest avoidance, succession planting, planting dates, and the value of a garden notebook. Register for the Oct. 28 class
Nov. 18, 2020Soil and Compost includes the basics of soil science, soil testing, garden bed preparation, fertilizers, amendments, and cover crops. Register for the Nov. 18 class
Jan. 6, 2021 — Small Fruits and Perennial Vegetables includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, artichokes, rhubarb, and asparagus. Register for the Jan. 6, 2021, class
Jan. 20, 2021Seed Starting covers seed selection, planting times, and techniques for starting seeds indoors and outdoors. Register for the Jan. 20, 2021, class
Feb 10, 2021 — Leafy Greens & Root Crops covers lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mache — and root crops carrots, beets, rutabaga, parsnips, turnips, and radishes. Register for the Feb. 10, 2021, class
March 3, 2021 Cabbage Family aka Brassicas, including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, arugula, mustard, collards, and Brussels sprouts. Register for the March 3, 2021, class
March 24, 2021 Pea Family aka Legumes, including peas, green beans, dry beans, and lentils. Register for the March 24, 2021, class
April 14, 2021Tomato Family aka Nightshades, including tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and peppers. Register for the April 14, 2021, class
April 28, 2021 — Weeds and Water covers weed identification, weeding strategies, and watering techniques. Register for the April 28, 2021, class
May 12, 2021 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) covers good pollinator and predatory insects, crop-damaging bad bugs, crop diseases, and crop rotation. Register for the May 12, 2021, class
May 26, 2021Cucumber Family includes cucumbers, squash, and melons. Register for the May 26, 2021, class

2020 Growing Groceries classes not scheduled for 2021:

    • Herbs & Container Vegetable Gardening includes how to grow oregano, thyme, sage, chives, tarragon, rosemary, parsley, as well as all you need to know to grow vegetables in containers.
    • Succession Planting – Fall and 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 cultivate 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.

WSU Extension Master Gardeners will speak from their own experience and WSU Extension publications about the art and science of growing your own food. You’ll learn about the challenges and advantages of the maritime climate in Western Washington, how to nurture your soil, and design your garden to enhance productivity. Classes on crop plants include variety selection, cultural requirements, container gardening, fertilizer needs, seed saving, major diseases and pests, and pest management techniques.

See Growing Groceries in action by visiting Bellevue Demonstration Garden, Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden and Soos Creek Demonstration Garden. Find out about Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens in King County and visit their locations shown on the King County Master Gardeners map.

Gardening Resources

  • Gardening Tip Sheets contain the wisdom and knowledge of current and past WSU Extension educators and Master Gardeners.
  • WSU Hortsense: Home gardening fact sheets for managing plant problems.

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Updated October 15, 2020

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