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Growing Groceries: Vegetables A to Z #3

  • WSU Snohomish County Extension 600 128th Street Southeast Everett, WA, 98208 United States (map)

Growing Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers & Eggplant

We’ll cover the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family which includes tomatoes, potatoeseggplant, and peppers. Being mostly heat lovers, each member of the family has unique requirements to achieve good production in our marine climate.

Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.

Jeff Thompson, Master Gardener and Growing Groceries Instructor has been growing tomatoes since he was a child and has developed techniques that help coax an impressive harvest of luscious, ripe tomatoes each season.

Kate Ryan of Soil Sisters Plants & Produce will share what she’s learned in over 30 years of growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Western Washington. A self-professed lazy gardener, she’s learned from her many mistakes over the years. Potatoes, peppers and eggplant are some of her favorites to grow and she’s learned what it takes to get a good harvest of these special veggies!

No matter if you only have a tiny apartment deck, small garden space, or plenty of acreage you can grow fresh, healthy food in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way.

The WSU Snohomish County Growing Groceries program brings beginning and experienced gardeners together with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices.

Developed over the last several years, the program’s goal is to increase our communities’ access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.


Take just the classes you want at $20 per class per person.

Or…Save and take all ten core Growing Groceries classes for $175.

Add the bonus Growing Tree Fruit class and take all 11 Growing Groceries classes (10 core classes + the bonus class) for just $185!


Visit to register online, or download this form and mail with your check.

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