Growing Groceries Classes

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The Growing Groceries lecture series is in its fifth year! Come learn best practices for growing fruits and vegetables in Western Washington! Class content is based on current science and is appropriate for the climate zones in our area. Classes are ideal for the beginner to intermediate home gardener and are taught at the appropriate time of year to be immediately applied in the garden. Class speakers will share their own experiences and refer to research from WSU Extension publications about the art and science of growing food.

What: Classes cover fruit and vegetable gardening with specific advice for growing many of the favorite varieties, as well as some of the more unusual edible plants.

When: Classes for 2023 will be held 2 or 3 times a month beginning January 18 and ending June 14, 2023. All classes are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Please note the specific class dates when registering.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive Zoom instructions to access the online class at 5:00 PM the day of the class.

Recordings: The 2023 Growing Groceries classes will be recorded and available to registered participants following the class.

Cost: Participants may pay for individual classes or purchase a series subscription. Purchases may be made online by credit card or by PayPal only. The class fees help the Master Gardener Foundation support the activities of the Master Gardener Program in King County. Registrations for these classes will posted here the first week of January.

Individual class fee. The fee for a single class is $7.50.

Series subscription fee. There is an option to purchase all twelve (12) of the 2023 Growing Groceries classes for $65, a $25 discount off the total cost if purchased individually.

Financial Need Fee Waivers. There are a limited number of Financial Need Fee Waivers available to access an individual class at no cost. Regrettably, not all waiver requests can be guaranteed; up to ten (10) waiver requests will be randomly selected per class. To request a waiver, complete and submit a request form prior to registering. This waiver form may be found on the individual class registration page. Please note that Financial Need Fee Waivers may not be used for a series subscription.

Registration: Advance registration is required for these classes. Registration for each of the classes listed below will be added the first week of January.

The complete list of 2023 Growing Groceries Classes.

Growing Groceries SERIES SUBSCRIPTION. Gardeners will have the option to purchase the complete series of Growing Groceries classes for a $25 discount off the total cost. Financial Need Fee Waivers may not be used for a series subscription.


Register here for the 2023 series
Jan. 18, 2023Global Vegetables in a Diasporic Garden with Master Gardener Gia Parsons and Shanelle Donaldson West. In this class you will learn about growing some of the delicious vegetables brought to our area by gardeners from all over the globe. Slides for this presentation. Registration is closed for this class
Feb. 1, 2023Backyard Fruit Trees. You CAN grow fruit trees successfully in the Puget Sound Region! Extension Master Gardener Brandon Bray will introduce you to the fruit varieties that do well in our area, guide you through their horticultural needs and alert you to the pests and diseases to look out for and how you can avoid them. Slides for this presentation. Register here for this class
Feb. 15, 2023Principles of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest for the Intermediate Gardener with Extension Master Gardener Jim Olson. Want to get better results from your veggie gardening efforts? In this class, learn how to better understand and use your gardening space, whether in ground or in containers. Also, learn how key practices such as fertilization, irrigation, integrated pest management, plant selection and planting dates, influence your results. Register here for this class
Mar. 1, 2023 — Soil Quality and Fertility for the Home Gardener with Dr. Douglas Collins, WSU Instructor in Ecological Soil Management. Dr. Collins’ education programs and research focus on soil quality and vegetable and fruit production for small farms. His areas of interest are managing and monitoring soil fertility on diverse organic vegetable farms; organic vegetable cropping systems, including reduced tillage; soil variability across landscapes; and biological indicators of soil quality. Dr. Collins will share his expertise on Soils with a focus on home gardens. Register here for this class
Mar. 15, 2023Starting your Garden from Seeds. Want an economical, educational and rewarding garden experience this year? Try growing from seeds! Extension Master Gardeners Suzi O’Byrne and Margaret MacLeod will help you create a plan for your own seed started utopia, whether you’re planting in containers or in the ground. Register here for this class
Mar. 29, 2023 — Early Spring Vegetables: Peas, Hardy Greens, Carrots, Radishes and More with Extension Master Gardener Anne Neilson. This class will look at the hardier vegetables from several families that grow well in our wet and cool spring, including leafy greens, root vegetables, legumes and more. Register here for this class
April 5, 2023 — Brassicas: Kale, Cabbage, Collards, Mustard, and More with Extension Master Gardener Sue Kraemer. The Brassicas are a huge family and also include horseradish, radishes, broccoli, and arugula. These cool weather vegetables are among the first planted each year. In this class you will learn about variety selection, cultural requirements, major diseases and pests, and more. Register here for this class
April 19, 2023 — Tomato Family: Tomatoes and Peppers with Extension Master Gardener Marcia Dillon. In this class you will learn how selecting the right cultivars and taking a few special measures can help you successfully harvest delicious varieties of these popular vegetables. Register here for this class
May 3, 2023 — Perennial Vegetables and Hardy Herbs. Are you tired of fussing over tender edibles that need pampering to provide you food? Then you’re ready to explore the lower-maintenance world of perennial vegetables and hardy herbs. From artichokes to yacon, easy-care vegetables delight. Sturdy rosemary and sage grow with just a little annual tending. Author and Extension Master Gardener Bill Thorness will discuss the perennial crops that are simply grown, and will share tips about proper planting, care and use. You may even leave with some recipes! Register here for this class
May 17, 2023 — Beans and Summer and Winter Squash with Extension Master Gardener Emile Castle. In this class you will learn about heat-loving beans and the Cucumber Family (Cucurbitaceae) which includes cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and melons. Register here for this class
May 31, 2023 — Container Vegetable Gardening. Think you don’t have room to grow vegetables? Join Extension Master Gardener Joan Baldwin to learn how you can use containers for a productive and fun gardening experience. We’ll also look at some frugal gardening techniques using items you have around your house. Register here for this class
June 14, 2023 — Integrated Pest Management with Extension Master Gardener Adam Romero. This IPM class will cover good pollinator and predatory insects, crop- damaging insects, crop diseases, crop rotation and gardening with wildlife. Register here for this class

Gardening Resources

  • Home Vegetable Gardening in Washington (Home Garden Series) is a full-color guide to growing vegetables in a Washington home garden setting.
  • Vegetable Gardening publications are part of Gardening in Washington State, a collection of peer-reviewed gardening publications.
  • Puget Sound Gardening Tip Sheets contain the wisdom and knowledge of current and past WSU Extension educators and Master Gardeners pertinent to gardening in the King County area.
  • WSU Hortsense: Home gardening fact sheets for managing plant problems.
  • WSU Pestsense: A compilation of fact sheets for managing common indoor pest problems.
  • Have Gardening Questions? Send your email and photographs to Ask a Master Gardener.

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