Growing Groceries Classes

Golden Sweet Snow Peas - Photo credit Linda Shepherd

Photo credit: MG 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 that beginning and intermediate vegetable gardeners need to get started.

As part of the Growing Groceries Program, the educational series is ideal for the beginner to intermediate home gardener and 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. Participants in the program should become more successful in their home gardening outcomes and use more sustainable and environmentally healthy practices.

See the information below for details and links to register for online classes.

Download a copy of our brochure to share: Growing Groceries Classes 2019—2020.

Where: Online via Zoom

What: Classes include vegetable gardening in the maritime Pacific Northwest with specific advice on many crop plants. Classes are offered from October 2019 through May 2021.

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

Cost: Enrollment requires registration for any or all of the classes of interest. Suggested donation for each class is $5.00 to help defray costs; expenses are also underwritten by the Master Gardener Foundation of King County.

Registration: Register now

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 our maritime climate.

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 our PNW maritime climate, 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 and Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden as well as other Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens in King County.

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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 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Gardening Resources

  • 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 8, 2020

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