Oct. 19: Growing Groceries series starts with good soil

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

tomatoes-80pEVERETT, Wash. – The Growing Groceries garden education series will start with home soil sample analysis at 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Participants will bring soil to be analyzed by a local lab and will discuss results at the second workshop in the 10-class series at 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the same location.

The Growing Groceries series focuses on limited space and resources, with speakers and topics helping beginners and longtime gardeners grow food using healthy, sustainable practices. Cost is $20 per person per class or all 10 for $175.

Register online at http://GrowingGroceries.EventBrite.com. For more information about the series or to download a form for mail-in registration, visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries. Contact Kate Ryan, 425-357-6024 or kate.ryan@wsu.edu, with questions.

During the first class, soil scientist and WSU small farms educator Doug Collins will discuss physical, biological and chemical properties of soil and describe how to enhance and manage them using organic methods.

In the November class, Collins will help participants understand their soil test results, soil amendments, organic matter and cover crops. Snohomish Conservation District resource planner Carrie Brausieck will discuss good compost, where to find it, how to use it and how to make compost from kitchen and yard waste.


News media contact:
Kate Ryan, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024, kate.ryan@wsu.edu