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WSU Snohomish County Extension office has moved!

Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

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October 2023

Growing Groceries: Starting a Vegetable Garden

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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November 2023

Growing Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn proper soil and fertility management and how to grow healthy soil for healthy crops.

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December 2023

Growing Groceries: Raising the Onion and Beet Families

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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January 2024

Growing Groceries: Basics of Irrigation & Weed Management

January 10, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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Growing Groceries: Growing Fruit Trees in Western Washington

January 17, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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Growing Groceries: Raising the Pea/Bean Family & the Basics of Cover Cropping

January 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Growing Berries in Western Washington

January 31, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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February 2024

Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Raising Transplants

February 7, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Raising the Broccoli and Buckwheat Families

February 14, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Raising the Tomato & Potato Family

February 21, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Growing in Hoop Houses, Cold Frames, and Small Greenhouses

February 28, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
homemade greenhouse

An unheated greenhouse or cold frame can be used to grow greens during winter, start warm season annuals, propagate landscape perennials, and shelter frost tender plants through the winter chill. Besides greens like spinach and lettuce, you can grow cold-tolerant veggies such as cabbage and broccoli in a cold frame or hoop house.

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March 2024

Growing Groceries: Raising the Cucumber, Squash and Melon Family

March 6, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
cucumber squash melon plants

This class in the 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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Growing Groceries: Raising the Carrot, Lettuce, & Corn Families

March 13, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Basics of Seed Saving

March 20, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
been seeds

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: Pests, Predators, and Pollinators: An Introduction to IPM

March 27, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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