PNW Vegetable Gardening

Onions—Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons Chive blossoms—Photo credit MG Gia Parsons Garlic——Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons

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Principles of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

New to gardening? Or new to gardening in the maritime Northwest? While our mild winters make it possible to grow vegetables all year long, and our summers are shorter and cooler than many other areas. New gardeners and gardeners new to our area will learn the principles of successfully growing vegetables here. Whether you have a large or small garden space to devote to growing food, you’ll be more successful and satisfied if you do a bit of planning. This class will cover topics such as: integrated pest management, crop rotation for the health and fertility of your garden, plant selection, organizing your garden space seasonal planting, effective watering, fertilization, and more.

2022 Principles of Gardening PPT

Resources for Principles of Vegetable Gardening in the Maritime Northwest

  • New to Gardening in Western Washington? — WSU Extension Puget Sound Gardening Tip Sheet #3, a free online publication, describes the basics for getting off to a good start.
  • Home Vegetable Gardening in WashingtonWSU Extension Publication EM057E, a free download PDF, describes site-specific growing conditions, tools and equipment, vegetable planting, irrigation, soil management, integrated pest management, harvesting, vegetable storage and preservation.
  • How to Determine Your Garden Microclimate— WSU Extension Publication FS181E, a free download PDF, explains how climate affects your growing conditions. Elevation, rainfall, plant hardiness zones, and microclimates determine what is possible to grow.
  • Methods for Successful Cover Crop Management in Your Home Garden — WSU Extension Publication FS119E, a free download PDF, explains how cover crops can be an effective way to maintain soil organic matter, supply and retain nitrogen, reduce soil erosion, and suppress weeds.
  • Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest— PNW 548, a free download PDF publication by Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University. Learn how to plan ahead and enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden using cool-season crops and season extenders such as cloches, cold frames, and row covers.
  • Plastic Culture to Extend Growing Season— WSU Snohomish County Extension online publication about do-it-yourself methods to improve the climate for your garden plants.
  • Territorial Seed Company sells seeds that do well in the Pacific Northwest and their website contains valuable planting details, information about pests, and gardening videos. Their catalog is handy to have in the garden.
  • Maritime Northwest Garden GuideTilth Alliance’s book is a month-by-month gardening manual tailored to the Pacific Northwest climate (128 pages, $18.95).

Updated January 16, 2022

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