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Growing Groceries Education Series 2019-2020

WSU Snohomish County Extension

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:00 PM

Growing Groceries Education Series 2019-2020

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants #2; Nov. 20, 2019...6:30pm-9:00pm
Demystify the results of soil tests, learn to interpret the numbers and determine next steps. In addition, find out what is good compost, where to find it, how to use it to enrich your garden, as well as how to make it from your own kitchen and yard waste.
Nov 19, 2019 $20.00 $3.07
Weeding, Watering, Crop Rotation, & Succession Planning; Jan. 15, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Developing a succession and rotation plan for your garden, along with a strategy for managing weeds, and supplying adequate irrigation, can ensure a continuing harvest over a longer period of time.
Jan 15, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Vegetables A to Z #1; Jan. 22, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Growing the Onion, Broccoli, and Beet Families We'll cover the Allium family which includes onions, garlic, and shallots along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and other Brassicas. The beet (Chenopod) family rounds out the evening as we cover spinach, beets, chard, and quinoa. Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.
Jan 19, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators; Jan.29, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Did you know that less than 1% of the insect species in the world are the so-called bad bugs that eat us, our livestock, and/or our food? The other 99% are necessary to keeping a healthy environment in our gardens. They help pollinate our crops, eat the bad bugs, and help keep our gardens healthy in many ways. Learn who's who and how to put the good guys to work!
Jan 28, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Small Fruits, Big Harvest; Feb. 12, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Researcher and Western Washington small fruit industry consultant Dr. Tom Walters helps northwest berry growers raise berries more profitably and sustainably. He’ll cover varieties, soil preferences, and cultural requirements for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other small fruits.
Feb 11, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Seed Starting & Growing Transplants; Feb. 26, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Buying transplants for your garden can be expensive, and they may not have the varieties you want to grow. Learn how to save money by growing your own transplants. Learn proper seeding, raising, and transplanting techniques with Kate Ryan, owner and grower for Soil Sisters Plants & Produce in Monroe. For more than 20 years, Kate has grown her own transplants for sale to gardeners in the Snoqualmie Valley.
Feb 25, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Vegetables A to Z #2; Mar. 4, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Growing the Pea, Carrot, and Lettuce Families We’ll cover the Legume family which includes peas, beans (green and dry), and lentils. The Carrot (Apiaceae) family also includes parsnips and celery along with many herbs like dill, fennel, and caraway. Puget Sound’s mild climate makes it a great place to grow members of the lettuce (Asteraceae) family just about year-round. We’ll cover the extensive varieties available along with a discussion of raising artichokes. Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.
Mar 3, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Vegetables A to Z #3; Mar.18, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
We’ll cover the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers. Being mostly heat lovers, each member of the family has unique requirements to achieve good production in our marine climate. Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.
Mar 17, 2020 $20.00 $3.07
Vegetables A to Z #4; Mar. 25, 2020...6:30pm-9:00pm
Growing the Squash & Melon Family Our last class in the Growing Groceries series will focus on growing all things Cucurbit! From luscious melons to giant pumpkins, summer squash to zucchini and winter squash we’ll cover all these amazing vegetables and cucumbers too!
Mar 24, 2020 $20.00 $3.07

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Event Details

Bringing together beginning and experienced gardeners with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices.

All classes take place on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9:00pm

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants #1 – Oct. 16

Proper soil & fertility management, soil testing

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants #2 – Nov. 20

Interpreting soil tests; making & using compost

Weeding, Watering, Crop Rotation & Succession Planning – Jan. 15

Improve crop health, save time, harvest more

Vegetables A-Z #1 – Jan. 22

Onion, broccoli, & beet families; how to grow, varieties

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators – Jan. 29

Learn who’s who and how to attract the good guys

Small Fruits, Big Harvests – Feb. 12

Strawberries, cane berries, blueberries, other small fruit

Seed Starting & Raising Transplants – Feb. 26

Save money and raise the varieties that do best here

Vegetables A-Z #2 – Mar. 4

Pea/bean, carrot, & lettuce families; how to grow, varieties

Vegetables A-Z #3 – Mar. 18

Tomato/potato/pepper family; how to grow, varieties

Vegetables A-Z #4 – Mar. 25

Squash/cucumbers/melons, & corn; how to grow, varieties

No matter if you only have a tiny apartment deck, small garden space, or plenty of acreage you can grow fresh, healthy food in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way.

Developed over the last several years, the program’s goal is to increase our communities’ access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.

For those attending the two soils classes, there will be an opportunity to have your garden soil tested at a reduced cost, and the results interpreted. Details sent after registration.

For more details on each class, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries.

Have questions about Growing Groceries Education Series 2019-2020? Contact WSU Snohomish County Extension

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WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:00 PM


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