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Growing Groceries Education Series

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Growing Groceries Education Series

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Registration Type Price Fee Quantity
Vegetables A to Z #1; Jan. 17, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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.
$20.00 $2.09
Growing Tree Fruit; Jan 24, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
You’ll learn about the basics of tree fruit production including variety and rootstock selection, nutrient management, and basic care. Attendees will also receive a copy of the Fruit Handbook for Western Washington. Instructor Gary Moulton, now retired after leading the Fruit Horticulture program at the Washington State University Research Station in Mt. Vernon is currently a consultant to the Western Washington tree fruit and wine grape industries, Moulton is known as the ‘go-to’ person on raising high-quality fruit and wine grapes on the “wetside” of Washington State.
$20.00 $2.09
Small Fruits, Big Harvest; Jan. 31, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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.
$20.00 $2.09
Vegetables A to Z #2; Feb. 14, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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.
$20.00 $2.09
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators; Feb. 21, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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!
$20.00 $2.09
Seed Starting & Growing Transplants; Mar. 7, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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.
$20.00 $2.09
Vegetables A to Z #3; Mar. 21, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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.
$20.00 $2.09
Weeding & Watering; Apr. 4, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
Learn strategies for applying water in the most efficient way possible for healthier vegetable gardens. Methods include the simple (mulching, planting strategies), to the more complex (drip systems), both commercial and homemade, along with other water-saving techniques. In addition, we'll cover a broad range of strategies for getting and keeping a weed-free garden.
$20.00 $2.09
Vegetables A to Z #4; Apr. 18, 2018...7pm-9:30pm
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!
$20.00 $2.09

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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, 7:00-9:30pm

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants, Part 1 October 18
Proper soil & fertility management; soil testing

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants, Part 2 November 15
Interpreting soil tests; making/using compost

Vegetables A to Z #1 January 17
Onion, broccoli, & beet families; how to grow, varieties

Small Fruits, Big Harvests January 31
Strawberries, cane berries, blueberries and other small fruit

Vegetables A to Z #2 February 14
Pea/bean, carrot, & lettuce families; how to grow, varieties

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs & Pollinators February 21
Variety selection, care, and management best practices

Seed Starting & Raising Transplants March 7
Save money and raise the varieties that do best here

Vegetables A to Z #3 March 21
Tomato/potato/pepper family; how to grow, varieties

Weeding and Watering April 4
Get smart about weeds and water; save time, harvest more

Vegetables A to Z #4 April 18
Squash/cucumbers/melons, & corn; how to grow, varieties

Bonus Class! Growing Tree Fruit Jan 24
Variety selection, care, and management best practices

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.

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

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