Our third class in the series will focus on some of the preseason planning necessary to a really successful garden including techniques to improve crop health, save time, and allow you to harvest more. While our maritime winters and springs are very wet our summers are often as dry as a desert leaving crops gasping for water by mid-July! And as for the weeds, they are happy to grow anytime! Developing a succession and rotation plan for your garden now, along with a strategy for managing weeds, and supplying adequate irrigation can ensure a continuing harvest over a longer period of time.
Weeds overwhelming your garden? Kate Ryan of Soil Sisters Plants & Produce will share what she’s learned in over 30 years of growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Western Washington. A self-professed lazy gardener, she’s tried just about everything touted to reduce or eliminate weeds, settling on a few safe and sustainable strategies that help her stay on top of the weeds.
She’s also learned the hard way that effective irrigation during a portion of the growing season
is essential to realize optimal harvests.
Diane Decker-Ihle, Master Gardener and Growing Groceries Instructor will walk us through simple strategies for rotating crops to improve plant health along with succession and companion planting techniques to make the most out of even the tiniest garden patch.
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 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
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.