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Growing Groceries: CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED!!! Weeding, Watering, Crop Rotation, & Succession Planning

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


raised bed 4x4ft square foot garden with cabbage and beans; two pvc pipe arches to hold row cover or plastic over bedDue to inclement weather, we are cancelling tonight’s class and rescheduling it for Thursday, January 23, same time/location.

For more information on the cancellation/rescheduling email or call 425-357-6024.

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.large garden with multiple rows using gravity-drip-irrigation from five-gallons buckets at top of each row

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.

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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.


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

Other classes in the series…


January 15
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208 United States


Kate Ryan
(425) 357-6024
Washington State University