Small Space & Vertical Gardening

Growing Groceries Education Series #5

food garden in horse troughOur fifth class in the series will focus on growing in small spaces. Only have room for a couple of pots on your deck? No problem! There’s plenty of things you can grow and harvest right outside your door. Learn what it takes to cram a lot of food plants in a tiny space…and–most importantly–get a harvest for you and your family. Whether it’s a tiny plot in the front yard, a narrow slice next to the garage, or the parking strip out front, with the right preparation, you can grow food just about anywhere and in just about anything. Kate Ryan from Soil Sisters Plants & Produce will provide you with the recipe for growing success in tiny spaces.

vertical gardenAnd when you’ve covered the ground, it’s time to go vertical! For years, Master Gardeners Rob and Richelle Taylor have transformed many gardens with innovative space-saving vertical structures. From lettuce walls to hanging pumpkins, the Taylors take advantage of the tiniest spot, and odd scraps of wood, to expand their food gardening to new heights. If you have an opportunity, check out the gardens at Jennings Park in Marysville. They’ve been transformed by the structures the Taylors and other volunteers have installed over the last several years.

No matter if you only have a tiny apartment deck, small garden space, or plenty of acreage you can grow fresh, healthy food in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way.

The WSU Snohomish County Growing Groceries program brings beginning and experienced gardeners together with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices.

Developed over the last several years, the program’s goal is to increase our communities’ access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.


WSU Snohomish County Extension
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208


Cost is $25 per person per class, $20 per class for any five or more, or take all ten for $175.
All classes take place on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:30pm
List of Growing Groceries classes


Registration opens late summer 2016

For more information

Contact Kate Ryan 425-357-6024,

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