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Organic Vegetable Gardening Classes 2022

Posted by Abell Smith | November 24, 2021


Thursdays 2/3/22 – 4/14/22 on Zoom:

Organic Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific NW


Growing your own food is not only good for you, but fun! Learn the basics and more in this course designed for all levels of gardeners.

Whether you’re new to vegetable gardening, or just want to sharpen your skills, you will learn something new in this series of classes taught by WSU Master Gardeners. Growing food in their own gardens, as well as in Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens has given them experience with all of the common crops and problems, as well as some of the more unusual.

Classes will be held on Zoom on Thursday evenings from February 3rd through April 14th. Classes will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM. Each class is $10 , or $5 for WSU Master Gardeners.

There will be two additional in-person classes. Saturday, March 26th will cover composting and vermicomposting. Saturday, April 23rd will be on cover crops, mulches, and irrigation techniques. You can get more information and register for them here:

Register for 6 or more classes and we will send you a copy of the “Maritime NW Garden Guide”, published by Tilth Alliance ($24 value). It’s filled with monthly tips, plant lists, and charts for our local conditions to keep you on track all year. The books will be mailed at the end of the series. Each attendee will also receive the link to a Google drive with additional articles and support materials.

Here is the schedule of topics:

Thursday, February 3: Soil Science

  • Plant needs
  • Soil description and functions
  • What makes good soil and how to protect it
  • The soil food web
  • Soil nutrients and pH
  • Organic matter
  • Soil testing

Thursday, February 10: Planning the Garden

  • Garden location considerations
  • Sun exposure and garden soil
  • What to grow and when to plant it
  • Different planting methods
  • Crop rotation
  • After the harvest
  • Keeping Records

Thursday, February 17: Seeding and Planting

  • What you need to know about seeds
  • Starting your plants from seed
  • Transplanting
  • Direct seeding

Thursday, February 24: Common Pests & Diseases

  • Basic principles of Integrated Pest Management
  • Pest and disease identification
  • Preventative and therapeutic organic control of pests and diseases

Thursday, March 3: Plant Families-Quirks and Idiosyncrasies Part 1

Details about growing:

  • Apiaceae (Carrot) Family
  • Brassicaceae (Cabbage) Family
  • Cucurbitaceae (Squash) Family

Thursday, March 10: Plant Families-Quirks and Idiosyncrasies Part 2

Details about growing:

  • Solanaceae (Tomato) Family
  • Amaranthaceae (Beet) Family
  • Fabaceae (Bean) Family

Thursday, March 24: Plant Families-Quirks and Idiosyncrasies Part 3, and Fertilizing

Details about growing:

  • Asteraceae (Lettuce) Family
  • Alliaceae (Onion) Family
  • Corn
  • Organic fertilizing products, methods for use
  • Timing and application of fertilizers

Thursday, March 31: Pollinators and other Beneficial Insects

  • What are beneficial insects and why do we love them?
  • Common beneficial insects in the PNW
  • Predators, parasitoids and pollinators
  • Non-insect beneficial animals
  • Encouraging beneficial creatures: Habitat, food, water

Thursday, April 7: Edible Perennials

  • Design and planning for perennial food plants
  • Incorporating edible perennials into an established vegetable garden
  • Basic care of herbs, berries, asparagus, artichokes, and other more “permanent” food planting

Thursday, April 14: The Four Season Harvest

  • Choosing a winter garden site
  • Basic botany for the Four-Season Gardener
  • Choosing the right crops
  • Planting and harvesting timetables
  • Adding fall/winter crops to the rotation plan
  • Season extension and weather protection


Saturdays March 26 and April 23, 2022 – In Person:

Organic Vegetable Gardening – Composting, Cover crops, Mulch, and Irrigation


Learn to create beautiful compost, use mulches and cover crops, and to water your garden efficiently in these two in-person classes.

These two in-person Saturday classes enhance the Organic Vegetable Gardening course that will be taught by WSU Kitsap Master Gardeners via Zoom on Thursday evenings, February 3 through April 14, 2022. Topics for those classes include: Planning, Seeding and Planting, Soils, Fertiizing, Pests & Diseases, Beneficial Insects, Four Season Harvests, Perennial Crops and specific information about common crop families. To register and for more information about these classes, please go to:

Each registrant will receive an email a few days before class with the link to a Google drive with digital handouts and resource materials. We recommend that you take a look at them before the class and download or print anything that might be useful for note taking. You will have access to the shared drive after the class, also.

The instructors will discuss composting processes and the uses of compost on Saturday, March 26. They will demonstrate both standard composting and vermiculture (worm composting) systems.

Topics will include:

  • What is compost and composting?
  • The benefits of composting
  • The composting process
  • Appropriate materials for composting
  • Hot and Cold composting techniques
  • Carbon Cycle, Microorganisms
  • How to create and use your gorgeous compost
  • The basics of Vermicomposting
  • How to create and maintain a worm composting system

On Saturday, April 23rd, learn all about Cover Cropping, Mulches and Irrigation for the home gardener. Topics include:

  • Reasons to use cover crops and mulches
  • Common cover crops and mulches
  • Planning and Timing
  • Planting and growth of cover crops
  • Terminating cover crops to plant vegetables
  • Irrigation methods and techniques
  • Figuring out how much to water, and when

Each of these half-day classes will include the opportunity to see and touch the materials used to achieve great results in the garden.


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