Roses growing in containersCooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society are offering educational meetings throughout spring.

Join Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian, Judith Kafantaris, on May 26 as she addresses how to prepare your rose garden for summer heat, Mojave Desert’s summer temperatures and the hot drying winds.

All educational meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Visit Cooperative Extension’s website for more information.

4-H Logo4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
4-H began a century ago as an educational program for the nation’s rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people in positive youth development experiences. 4-H is the youth development education program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
The local Cooperative Extension office in your county can help you to find a local club or program that’s right for you. It’s also easy to start a new club with some of your friends or other interested young people and a few adults who are willing to help. We look forward to working with and serving youth!

AvocadoHave you ever tasted an avocado?

You may not have realized that the delicious guacamole you enjoy is made with avocados.

Avocados are packed with more than 20 different nutrients, so enjoying them is a healthy thing to do. While guacamole is a common way to eat avocados, try a slice on your sandwich, dice some on a salad, or fill a half with chicken or tuna salad.

Any way you slice them, avocados are tasty nutrition.

Fun facts about avocados and Simple Salad and Great Green Guacamole recipes can be found online!

Getting children to try new food can be hard. Be a good role model and eat fruits and vegetables in front of your children. Use Harvest of the Month tips to encourage trying new foods.
Produce tips:
• Choose fresh blueberries that are plump and have a solid dark blue color. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
• Choose fresh raspberries that are bright and evenly colored. Refrigerate for up to three days.
• Select fresh blackberries that are dry and shiny, without any green or red colors. Refrigerate for up to three days.
• Wash berries just before serving.
• Shop for fresh berries in season to get the best value.

Healthy serving ideas:
• Add berries to your cereal for added fiber and flavor.
• Mash berries to make you own jam.
• Top pancakes with fresh blueberries or blackberries.
• Stir your favorite berries into low-fat yogurt for a tasty snack
• Toss raspberries into a spinach salad.
• Keep a bag of mixed berries in the freezer for smoothies.