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Kate Ryan

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January 2021

Growing Groceries: Starting a Vegetable Garden

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
food garden with raised beds and wood chip pathways

Includes a discussion on site selection, raised beds, planning your crop calendar, plant families, intercropping, succession planting, cover crops, and crop rotation.

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Growing Groceries: Apple & Pear Trees in Western Washington

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
apples on tree branch

You’ll learn the basics of apple and pear fruit production including variety and rootstock selection, nutrient management, and basic care including pruning, irrigation and pest management.

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February 2021

Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Raising Transplants

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
just sprouted tomato seedlings in tray

Beginning with how and when to start to seeds, to watering techniques, thinning and transplanting, you’ll learn how to save money and be successful in starting your vegetables from seed.

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Growing Groceries: Onion and Beet Families

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
onions growing

The onion (Allium) family includes garlic, leeks, and shallots as well. The beet (Chenopod) family includes everyone’s favorite, spinach, as well as chard and quinoa. Discussion of both families includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Growing Groceries: Compost Makes the Garden Go ‘Round

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
compost bins

Composting is easy to do, saves money, and is kind to our environment. You'll learn everything compost: what is good compost, where to find it, how to use it to enrich your garden, as well as how to make compost from your own kitchen and yard waste.

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Growing Groceries: Raising Strawberries and Cane Berries

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
fresh strawberries in cartons

Topics include variety selection, soil preferences, fertility, pruning, pest and disease management, and cultural requirements for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other small fruits.

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March 2021

Growing Groceries: Vegetables in Containers and Year-Round Salad Greens

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
lettuce plants

Topics include sunlight requirements, container types, soil, drainage, fertilizer, irrigation and strategies for maximizing your harvest. Growing salad greens year-round is easy and saves money. Speakers: Diane Decker-Ihle has been a Snohomish County Master Gardener since 1990 and an avid gardener most of her life. She helped establish the WSU Extension Snohomish County Growing Groceries Program in 2009 and has been teaching Growing Groceries classes ever since.  She has been an advisor for several community gardens and managed her church’s…

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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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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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