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March 2021

Growing Groceries: Raising Culinary & Tea Herbs

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
basil planted in front of corn

We’ll cover the basic perennial and annual herbs used in so many sweet and savory dishes along with the not-so-common ones like epazote and lemongrass. In addition, we’ll talk about some of the easy to grow tea herbs like chamomile, catnip, hyssop.

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Growing Groceries: Incorporating Edibles into Your Landscape

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
gravel path raised be garden with shed in center

You will learn how to create a productive, sustainable, and attractive garden by mixing colorful vegetables, edible flowers, easy to grow herbs, fruit trees, and berries into the landscape. We will consider some basics (soil prep, plant needs, maintenance issues) as well as design concepts and lots of examples of edibles in the landscape.

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Growing Groceries: Raising Peas & Potatoes

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
pea pods in hand

We'll cover the Legume family which includes peas, beans (both green and dry), and lentils as well as the one member of the Solanaceous family that can be planted out early – potatoes! Discussion of all includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Growing Groceries: Basics of Irrigation

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
several raised beds with drip irrigation

Join us for a discussion of several types of irrigation products and their application in the food garden. In addition, we’ll focus on the details of installing drip irrigation and its application for gardens and plants.

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April 2021

Growing Groceries: Raising Perennial Vegetables

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
artichoke flower

Artichokes and Cardoon (semi-perennial), Asparagus, Horseradish, Rhubarb, Sea Kale and Sorrel. These crops will be in your garden for many years so pick a nice sunny spot and prepare your soil well. The ins and outs of planting, growing, maintaining, and harvesting these perennial vegetables.

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Growing Groceries: Introduction to IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
just-hatched praying mantis

Basics of managing disease, insect, and weed pests in the home garden. Discussion covers a variety of techniques including prevention, cultural practices like row covers, mulching, and more. Weed management practices include using mulches, hardscaping, and different cultivation techniques.

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Growing Groceries: Raising the Broccoli, Cabbage, and Kale Family

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
red russian kale plant

Includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, mustard, Brussels sprouts, and other members of the Brassica family. Discussion includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Growing Groceries: Insects in the Garden – Good, Bad, & Beautiful

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
aphids on leaf with ladybug eggs

Pollinators! Predators! Pests! What are these insects and what role do they play in your garden? How can you attract the good ones and deal with the bad guys? Learn to identify some of the insects found in our gardens and how many of them help our gardens flourish.

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May 2021

Growing Groceries: Raising the Carrot, Lettuce, & Corn Families

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
beds of carrots corn lettuce

The Carrot (Apiaceae) family also includes parsnips and celery along with many herbs like dill, fennel, and caraway. Puget Sound's mild climate makes it a great place to grow members of the lettuce (Asteraceae) family just about year-round. In addition, you’ll learn to raise sweet corn worthy of bragging rights when we cover members of the corn (Poaceae) family.

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Growing Groceries: Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant Family

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.

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