Growing Groceries Classes

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Growing Groceries is an integrated series of classes, building on knowledge gained. Each class contains the minimum information needed to get started. Join us and learn to grow your own food!
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The Growing Groceries Program educational series is ideal for the beginner to intermediate home gardener and is crafted for the general public and Master Gardeners. Classes will include gardening practices based on current science and appropriate for our Pacific Northwest environment. Class content is taught at the appropriate time of year to be immediately applied in the garden. Participants in the program will become more successful in their home gardening efforts and learn about sustainable and environmentally healthy practices.

What: Classes cover vegetable gardening in Western Washington with specific advice on many crop plants. Classes for 2022 will be held from January 19 to June 29.

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.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform.

Recordings: The 2022 Growing Groceries classes will be recorded and available to registered participants following the class.

Cost: The class fees help the Master Gardener Foundation support the activities of the Master Gardener Program in King County. Advance registration is required for these classes. Registrations for these classes will posted here the first week of January.

Per class fee. The fee for an individual class is $7.50

New! Series subscription fee.  You will have the option to purchase the series of all 11 Growing Groceries classes for $60, a 25% discount off the total cost.

Financial Need Fee Waivers. There are a limited number of Financial Need Fee Waivers available. These waivers allow access to an individual class at no cost. To request a waiver, applicants are asked to complete and submit a request form prior to registering. Link to Growing Groceries request form.

Registration: See the list of classes below for links to register for each class or the series. Links to the registrations will be posted here the first week of January.

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.

2022 Growing Groceries Classes

New! Growing Groceries SERIES SUBSCRIPTION. Gardeners now have the option to purchase the complete series of 11 Growing Groceries classes for $60, a 25% discount off the total cost. Financial Need Fee Waivers may not be used for a series subscription.

 

Register for the series
Jan. 19, 2022Principles of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest with Master Gardener Jim Olson. This class includes topics on making the most of our short summers and mild winters, organizing your garden for seasonal planting, irrigation, fertilization, crop rotation for garden health and fertility, integrated pest management, plant selection, succession planting, planting dates, and more. Slide presentation for class. [PDF 2MB] Registration is closed for this class.
Feb. 9, 2022 — Soil Science Basics & Seed Starting with Master Gardeners Darien Payne, Suzie O’Byrne and Margaret McLeod. Soil Science Basics includes topics on how to improve and maintain soil fertility so you can grow nutritious produce and the importance and limitations of soil testing; and how to read a soil test. In the Seed Starting class you will learn when to plant seeds indoors or outdoors and how to raise, harden-off and plant transplants. Soil Science slide presentation for this class [PDF 3MB]. Soil Science Basic Notes for this class. Seed Starting slide presentation for this class. [PDF 2MB] Registration is closed for this class.
Mar. 2, 2022Early Spring Vegetables: Peas, Hardy Greens, Carrots, Radishes and More with Master Gardener Anne NeilsonThis 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. Slide presentation for class. [PDF 5MB] Registration is closed for this class.
Mar. 16, 2022 — Brassicas: Cabbage, Kale, Collards, Mustard, Arugula & More with Master Gardener Sue Kraemer. 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. Slide presentation for this class. [PDF 5MB] Registration is closed for this class.
April 6, 2022Understanding Your Soil Test and Amending Your Soil with Master Gardener Gia Parsons. In this class, we will look at soil tests, how to read them, and how to amend your soil based on soil test recommendations. The chemistry behind soil tests incorporates macronutrients, micronutrients, and environmental factors. Amending your soil, whether it be with organic or inorganic amendments, is best done with solid science. Conscientious fertilizing and amending will not only save money but will also prevent excess nutrients from leaching into our environment. This class is recommended for Intermediate to Advanced Gardeners. Refer to the resources for Soil Science Basics for the slides for this talk. Registration is closed for this class.
April 20, 2022 — Tomato Family: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant & Potatoes with Master Gardeners Marcia Dillon and Jean Jones. 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.  Slide presentations for this class available at Tomato Family page. [PDF 4MB] Registration is closed for this class.
May 4, 2022 — Integrated Pest Management: Bugs, Beneficial Insects and Plants that Support Them with Master Gardener Brandon Bray. This IPM class will cover good pollinator and predatory insects, crop-damaging bad bugs, crop diseases and crop rotation. Slide presentations for this class available at IPM page. [PDF 3MB] Registration is closed for this class.
May 18, 2022 — Summer and Winter Squash, Beans & Corn with Master Gardeners Emile Castle and Carol Johnson. In this class you will learn about heat-loving beans and corn and the Cucumber Family (Cucurbitaceae) which includes cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and melons. Refer to the resources for the Cucumber Family for the slides for this talk. Registration is closed for this class.
June 1, 2022 — Global Vegetables with the Master Gardeners. Gia Parsons will lead this new class where you will learn about growing some of the delicious vegetables brought to our area by gardeners from all over the globe.Slide presentation for this class. [PDF 6MB, updated 6/1/2022] Registration is closed for this class.
June 15, 2022 — Year-round Planting: Crop Rotations, Edibles & Cover Crops with Master Gardeners Joan Baldwin and Sharon O’Grady. In this class you will learn how to extend your growing season with fall and winter gardening, succession planting and how to use cover crops and crop rotation. Slide presentation for Year-Round Gardening  [PDF 4MB] Slide presentation for Crop Rotation & Cover Crops. [PDF 4MB] Registration is closed for this class.
June 29, 2022 — What’s happening in the summer garden? with a Master Gardener Q&A Panel. Every growing season brings its own surprises. This class will be an interactive panel with Master Gardeners to explore successes, challenges, pests and more. Bring your garden questions with you! Slide presentation for What’s happening in the summer garden? [PDF 4MB] Register for June 29 class

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.

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For questions contact: growinggroceries.king@gmail.com

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Updated June 27, 2022




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