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Growing Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part I

October 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm




Learn how to increase the health and fertility of your garden soil for the best harvests ever! You’ll learn the answers to… What makes a good soil? How do you improve it? What is fertility? To till or not to till?

Most important in the series of ten, during these two evenings you’ll learn how to recognize soil quality, develop good fertility, the importance of soil testing, and much more.

WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Soil Scientist Dr. Nate Stacey will explore the physical, biological, and chemical properties of the soil and then describe how to enhance and manage these properties using organic methods. He’ll also cover the importance of testing and preparing the soil to insure high quality crops and yields. You’ll learn what amendments to use, and when, along with the importance of adding organic matter and how to use cover crops.

Soil Testing

For an additional $20 charge, those wanting to test their garden soil and have help interpreting the results, we’ll be collecting samples before this first class to be sent to a lab for testing prior to the second class. Interpretation will be done during the second Soils class on November 20. Details will be sent with registration. Soil Sampling Instructions & Forms 2019 (pdf).


About the Growing Groceries program

The WSU Snohomish County Extension 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.

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.

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 WSU Extension at 425-338-2400 at least two weeks prior to the event.


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


Take just the classes you want at $20 per class per person.

Or…Save and take all ten Growing Groceries classes for $175.


Registration is now open for the 2018-2020 Growing Groceries Education series. Visit (website) to register online or print out the GG Mail-in registration 2019-20 (pdf) and mail with your check at least one week before the class starts.

Other classes in the series… (website)


October 16, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kate Ryan
(425) 357-6024


WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208 United States
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