Growing Groceries Classes

Golden Sweet Snow Peas - Photo credit Linda Shepherd

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Learn to grow your own food! Growing Groceries is an integrated series of classes, building on knowledge gained. Each class contains the minimum information needed to get started.

As part of the Growing Groceries Program, the educational series is ideal for the beginner to intermediate home gardener and is crafted for the general public. Master Gardeners may benefit as well.  Classes will include gardening practices based on current science, and appropriate for our environment. Class content is taught at the appropriate time of year when it can be 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.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform

What: Classes cover vegetable gardening in Western Washington with specific advice on many crop plants. Classes for 2022 will begin on January 19.

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.

Cost: There is a suggested minimum donation for each class. Registration fees are used to support the Master Gardener Foundation of King County as it provides funding for the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program in King County.

Registration: Registration details for 2022 will be posted here.

Download a copy of our 2020-2021 flyer for reference: Growing Groceries Classes 2020–2021

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.

2020-2021 Growing Groceries Classes

See the list of 2020-2021 classes below with links for more detailed descriptions and resources. Watch for the 2021-2022 classes to be posted.

Oct. 7, 2020Principles of Vegetable Gardening in Western Washington and the Onion Family aka Alliums, including garlic, onions, leeks, chives, shallots. Registration for this class is closed.
Oct. 28, 2020Planning and Garden Design includes location, spacing, timing, crop rotation by family for fertility and pest avoidance, succession planting, planting dates, and the value of a garden notebook. Registration for this class is closed.
Nov. 18, 2020Soil and Compost includes the basics of soil science, soil testing, garden bed preparation, fertilizers, amendments, and cover crops. Registration for this class is closed.
Jan. 6, 2021 — Small Fruits and Perennial Vegetables includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, artichokes, rhubarb, and asparagus. Registration for this class is closed.
Jan. 20, 2021Seed Starting covers seed selection, planting times, and techniques for starting seeds indoors and outdoors. Registration for this class is closed.
Feb 10, 2021 — Leafy Greens & Root Crops covers lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mache — and root crops carrots, beets, rutabaga, parsnips, turnips, and radishes. Registration for this class is closed.
March 3, 2021 Cabbage Family aka Brassicas, including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, arugula, mustard, collards, and Brussels sprouts. Registration for this class is closed.
March 24, 2021 Pea Family aka Legumes, including peas, green beans, dry beans, and lentils. Registration for this class is closed.
April 14, 2021Tomato Family aka Nightshades, including tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and peppers. Registration for this class is closed.
April 28, 2021 — Weeds and Water covers weed identification, weeding strategies, and watering techniques. Registration for this class is closed.
May 12, 2021 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) covers good pollinator and predatory insects, crop-damaging bad bugs, crop diseases, and crop rotation. Registration for this class is closed.
May 26, 2021Cucumber Family includes cucumbers, squash, and melons. Registration for this class is closed.

2020 Growing Groceries classes not scheduled for 2021:

    • Herbs & Container Vegetable Gardening includes how to grow oregano, thyme, sage, chives, tarragon, rosemary, parsley, as well as all you need to know to grow vegetables in containers.
    • Succession Planting – Fall and Winter Gardening – Seed Saving Once a crop is harvested, it’s time to make way for another. Succession planting assures your garden produces an abundance of crops. If you want to extend your growing season, learn how to garden in the fall and winter. Seed saving allows you to cultivate that hard-to-find variety again next season. To save on seed cost, it is wise to learn to save last seasons seed for an upcoming harvest.

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.

Gardening Resources

  • Gardening Tip Sheets contain the wisdom and knowledge of current and past WSU Extension educators and Master Gardeners.
  • WSU Hortsense: Home gardening fact sheets for managing plant problems.

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Updated November 2021

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