Learn gardening techniques for fall and winter

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Pepé and Gill, 21 Acres staff, harvesting recently on the 21 Acres Farm. Learn how to extend your growing season at Dr. Elizabeth Wheat’s upcoming class in September. Courtesy photo.
Enjoying your garden? Want it to last longer?

Growing doesn’t end with the fall harvest.

Plan ahead for late autumn and winter crops.

What do you need to do different for cooler weather crops?

What can you plant now in preparation? What does your soil need?

Do you need a hot box or cold frame?

Learn all this and more in our first weekend course, “Ambitious Vegetable Gardening – Fall is the Shoulder Season for Growing,” Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9.

Instructor is Dr. Elizabeth Wheat, Skyroot farm manager and UW environmental studies instructor.

Dr. Wheat will follow up her engaging and participatory spring classes with this specialized look at the fall growing season.

Topics include: preparing beds for cooler conditions, including cover cropping, heat mulching; what to plant now, a review of winter vegetable varieties including garlic and brassicas; preferable soil types for winter vegetables; and, building a cloche, hot boxes and cold frames that ensure plant survival.

Course runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 8 and continues Sunday, September 9, 9 a.m. to noon.

This is a core course in the Growing Series of classes at 21 Acres and takes place in the new green-built Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living located at 13701 NE 171st, Woodinville.

Enrollment in the 21 Acres School is required. Course fee is $190 or 21 Acres members receive a discount at $165.

Interested students may enroll and register one of three ways:; phone: (425) 481-1500; or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 21 Acres School offers a Sustainability Certificate Program.

Some courses and classes are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). For more information, visit

For upcoming schedule of courses and classes visit or find information on Facebook and Twitter @21acres.

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