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March 2021

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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Growing Groceries: Raising the Cucumber, Squash and Melon Family

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
cucumber squash melon plants

Our last class in the 2021 Growing Groceries series will focus on growing all things Cucurbit! From luscious melons to giant pumpkins, summer squash to zucchini and winter squash we'll cover all these amazing vegetables and cucumbers too!

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June 2021

Preserve the Harvest 1: Basics of Safe Canning

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
canning jars with product

Online via Zoom New to the science of canning? Been a few years since you’ve canned? Learn about the most recent research and changes to home canning procedures along with links to plenty of safe, tested recipes. First in the Preserve the Harvest series, we’ll cover the basics of food safety and canning skills, canning equipment, canning high and low acid foods, along with hot water bath and pressure canning. In addition, there will be plenty of time for your…

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Preserve the Harvest 2: Jams, Jellies, and Spreads

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online via Zoom Delight in the bright flavors of fresh fruit and discover how easy it is to capture sunshine in a jar. Create that perfect balance of fruit, sweetener, and other ingredients to enhance flavor and shelf life with research-based recipes. Low and no-sugar recipes covered. Second in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll cover the basics of making shelf-stable jams, jellies, and preserves. In addition, there will be plenty of time for your canning questions after the presentation.…

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