Growing Groceries Classes

A complete list of current year’s Growing Groceries Classes

2023 Growing Groceries Classes

Growing Groceries classes for 2023 are held 2 or 3 times a month from January 18 to June 14, 2023. All classes are on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Please note the specific class dates when registering.  These are all held online via the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive Zoom instructions to access the online class at 5:00 PM the day of the class.  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 are posted here.

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.

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2023 Series

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Growing Groceries SERIES SUBSCRIPTION. Gardeners have the option to purchase the complete series of Growing Groceries classes for $65, a $25 discount off the total cost if purchased individually. Financial Need Fee Waivers may not be used for a series subscription.

Jan. 18, 2023

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Global 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. Slides for this presentation.

Feb. 1, 2023

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Backyard 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. Slides for this presentation.

Feb. 15, 2023

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Principles 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. Slides for this presentation. Slides for this presentation.

Mar. 1, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation. Slides for this presentation.

Mar. 15, 2023

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Starting 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. Slides for this presentation. Slides for this presentation.

Mar. 29, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation.

Apr. 5, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation.

Apr. 19, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation.

May 3, 2023

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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! Slides for this presentation are unavailable; however, participants will be provided a link to the recording.

May 17, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation.

May 31, 2023

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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. Slides for this presentation.

Jun. 14, 2023

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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. IPM Slides for this presentation. Worm Composting Slides for this presentation.

WSU extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs; contact the WSU Extension King County office at at least two weeks prior to the event.