Gardening in Small Places PhotosJoin University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) on Saturday, February 26, for a workshop on gardening in small places from 8 a.m. to noon. The class, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed to show you how to make the most of your small space. Topics such as types of containers to use, differences in potting mixes, using artificial light, fertilizers, success with seeds and more will be covered. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. More info here!

Master Gardener LogoMany studies rank Nevada low on volunteer activity, but Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada prove them wrong!  The past year was an especially busy time for the Las Vegas Master Gardeners who offer free information and gardening advice to the community through workshops, community projects, information booths and the Home Gardening Help Line (702-257-5555). 

In 2010, Master Gardener volunteers staffing the Help Line answered 3,863 phone calls and 381 letters and emails.  This is a 7 percent increase in gardening queries from the previous year. The 303 Certified Master Gardeners in Las Vegas contributed 38,104 volunteer hours—valued at $794,468. This is an average of over 125 volunteer hours per Master Gardener compared to a statewide average of 29.6 hours per resident1.

Master Gardeners support community projects across the Valley.  Project locations include Community Gardens at Doolittle, Leiburn and Archie Grant Senior Centers, Acacia Park, Nellis AFB, Springs Preserve, UNCE Orchard and Nathan Adelson Hospice.

 For more information about the Master Gardener volunteer program or the requirements to become a Master Gardener, please click here or contact Antoinette Edmunds, Program Coordinator, edmundsa@unce.unr.edu or 702-257-5587.

January Classes/Events:

January 15, 10 a.m.,  Pruning Pomegranates & Almonds, 702-257-5509, The Orchard, 4400 Horse Road, NLV

January 22, 10 a.m., Pruning Figs & Persimmon, 702-257-5509, The Orchard, 4400 Horse Road, NLV

January 26, 9 a.m.,  Nuts & Bolts of Grant Writing, 702-257-5502

January 29, 10 a.m., Pruning for small spaces; multiple trees in a single hole & espalier (trellising), 702-257-5509

January Radon and Indoor Air Quality Presentations:

January 18, 11 a.m., Indoor Air Quality, Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelboune Ave., LV

January 22, 3 p.m., Radon Awareness, Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., LV

January 23, 2 p.m., Radon Awareness, Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Dr., LV

January 29, 3 p.m., Indoor Air Quality, Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., LV

 January is Radon Action Month call 702-257-5550 or email Laura Au-Yeung for your free Radon Test Kit

Photo of Radon Test Kit

Radon Test Kit

 

Chefs for Kids logoCooperative Extension and the A.C.F. Chefs of Las Vegas want to set a record and you can help. Make plans now to ring in the new year with the largest chef’s run ever done! The Chefs for Kids 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011. Each runner/walker receives a chef’s coat and hat and goodie bag. The start time is 8 a.m. at Wayne Bunker Family Park (7351 West Alexander Road, LV 89129). Click here for details on how to register and help set a record!