It may be tough to grow a vegetable garden and other plants in northern Nevada, but it's not impossible - if you know how. Thanks to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, you can learn about how to do it through a series of free classes titled "Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series."
All classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. They will be every Tuesday evening during February and March, 2017. The classes are taught by UNCE horticulturists and experts, local business owners and Cooperative Extension's certified Master Gardener volunteers. For more information, call UNCE at (775) 784-4848. People needing special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class(es) they wish to attend.
2018 Class Schedule for Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
- February 6: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees – Certified Arborist and Master Gardener Michael Janik will take you on a journey from winter through fall and discuss fruit tree needs in northern Nevada.
- February 13: Is This the Right Tree? – Certified Arborist and Master Gardener Ron Haulenbeek will guide you in identifying and selecting trees and shrubs for your landscape.
- February 20: Identifying & Controlling Nuisance Weeds – Cooperative Extension Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator Melody Hefner will present information on the differences between noxious and nuisance weeds, how to identify common noxious and nuisance weeds in the Truckee Meadows and control methods for noxious and nuisance weeds.
- February 27: Gardening is a Full Contact Sport – Dale Hildebrandt, Master Gardener Volunteer, Certified Arborist and Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator, will focus on ways to make our gardening experience less painful.
- March 6: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees – Certified Arborist and Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Michael Janik discusses the basics of fruit tree pruning and how trees respond to pruning. He will discuss size control using appropriate rootstocks, how proper early training reduces the need for pruning as the tree matures and when to prune.
- March 13: Choosing the Right Tomato for You – Pamela Van Hoozer, Master Gardener Volunteer, will discuss selecting tomatoes. Considerations include size, taste, texture, color, seed type, days to maturity, disease resistance and growth habit.
- March 20: Gourmet Gardening – Whitney Lauren, Master Gardener Volunteer, will discuss growing herbs in your garden, landscape and in containers. Learn what edible flowers grow well in the Truckee Meadows and how herbs and showy edible flowers can add flavor, nutrition and variety to meals.
- March 27: Successful Vegetable Gardening – Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Randy Robison shares how he produces abundant crops and tips on improving garden soil, crop rotation, companion planting and gardening in raised beds.
Source: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
(Photo courtesy Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension)