Sept. 30: Series on growing food starts with soil

soilEVERETT, Wash. – The Growing Groceries series of 10 extension gardening classes starts Sept. 30 and Nov. 11 with soil health and fertility. Participants who bring a soil sample to the first class will discuss lab results at the second class.

Classes are 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Cost is $25 per person per class, any five or more classes in the 10-class series for $20 each, or all for $175. Register online at For more information about all classes in the series or to download a form for mail-in registration, visit

For more information, contact Kate Halstead, 425-357-6024 or

On Sept. 30, soil scientist and WSU small farms educator Doug Collins will explore the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil and describe how to enhance and manage them using organic methods. On Nov. 11, he will demystify the results of soil tests, helping participants learn what amendments to use, and when, along with the importance of adding organic matter and using cover crops.

In addition, Master Gardener Sandy DeLisle will discuss what makes good compost, where to find it, how to use it to enrich a garden and how to make it from kitchen and yard waste.


Kate Halstead, WSU Extension, 360-794-6081,