You may think it's just about impossible to grow a decent garden in the harsh high desert climate of northern Nevada. It is a challenge in our high desert environment of frigid winters, hot summers, and little precipitation, but it can be done. These free classes from Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), titled Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series, will acquaint would-be gardeners with a many techniques to ensure the successful growing of a variety of plants in the Reno area.
Schedule for Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
These classes are presented by members of the Master Gardener Program (see more below) of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Each class covers a specific topic related to successfully growing plants in northern Nevada, from fruits and vegetables to turf and trees. These classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in February and March, 2014. All classes are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Classes in February, 2014
- February 4 - Training and Pruning Fruit Trees - Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik discusses the basics of fruit tree pruning, pruning to maximize production and the art of espalier (training fruit trees to grow on trellises or against a flat surface).
- February 11 - Creating Backyard Habitats for Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Other Pollinators – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Pamela Van Hoozer teaches gardeners how to attract beneficial insects to increase crop production and reduce pests.
- February 18 - Selecting and Growing Garlic in Northern Nevada – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Earstin Whitten explores the best garlic planting times, varieties and growing methods.
- February 25 - Native Plants in the Garden – Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Specialist Heidi Kratsch presents the benefits of native plants and discusses their growing conditions, care and maintenance.
Classes in March, 2014
- March 4 - Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees - Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik, who grows more than 100 varieties of fruit trees in northern Nevada, delivers must-know fruit tree selection, planting and maintenance tips.
- March 11 - Indoor / Outdoor Plants — Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Suzanne Adams explores strategies for growing zone 6-9 plants in zone 5, increasing variety in the landscape.
- March 18 - Trees and Turf: Creating Healthy Landscapes – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet discusses how to keep trees and turf healthy and strong in the urban environment, with proper watering, fertilization and care.
- March 25 - Successful Vegetable Gardening – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Randy Robison reveals the secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests, including improving soil, rotating crops, using companion planting and gardening in raised beds.
Where to Go for the Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
All classes will be at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road is south Reno. The classes are free. For more information about the classes, or to ask general horticulture questions, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Western Area / Washoe County Office at (775) 784-4848. You can reach the Washoe County office for the Western Area Master Gardener Program at the same phone number.
About the Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener Program, started in 1972 in Washington state, is a response to ever increasing requests from home gardeners for information about growing fruits, vegetables, and landscape plants in their region. Master Gardeners are volunteers that give Cooperative Extension the ability to provide the public with current and accurate information while providing "participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation." You can contact the Master Gardener Program by phone at (775) 336-0265 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sources: Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.