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Extension experts to offer help at West Street market

Posted 6/5/2009

Gardeners invited to bring in plant and insect samples for help with problems

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s team of horticulture experts will have a booth at the West Street Farmers Market in downtown Reno this summer to answer questions about gardening, pests and other subjects related to growing flowers, vegetables and lawns.

The UNCE Horticulture Team will be at the market from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month starting June 14 and ending Sept. 13. People are encouraged to bring in plant and insect samples for help with identification and diagnosing problems.

"We’re there to help people have great gardens,” said Extension horticulture specialist Leslie Allen.

The university experts will also give a series of lectures at the market. The short lectures will all start at 10 a.m. at Extension’s courtyard booth. Here’s the schedule for those lectures:

  • June 14: Stretching Your Garden Dollars — How to save money on water and garden maintenance by Leslie Allen
  • June 28: Laying it on Thick — Creating and using compost and mulch in the garden by UNCE horticulture assistant Penny Leyer
  • July 12: The Dirty Dozen — How to identify and control the most common weeds in the Truckee Meadows by Dr. Susan Donaldson, UNCE water quality specialist
  • July 26: What’s Bugging You? Identifying good and bad garden bugs by Leslie Allen
  • Aug. 9: Sustainable Turf Care — How to maintain a beautiful lawn in the Truckee Meadows by Leslie Allen
  • Aug. 23: All about Tomatoes — Common tomato troubles and how to overcome them by Leslie Allen
  • Sept. 6: Harvest Time — How to harvest and preserve food from the garden by Leslie Allen

The Horticulture Team will also be giving tours of its demonstration garden which is located in the middle of West Street. Allen said the garden this year will be planted with "a little of everything,” including zucchini, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, green beans, corn, tomatillos, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, greens, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, currants, apples, edible violets and "lots of pollinator-friendly flowers.”

The weekly farmers market on West Street starts June 14 and runs through Sept. 13. It is located next to the West Street Market — one block from the Truckee River between First and Second streets in downtown Reno.

The West Street Market opened in December 2008 and is a project of the Reno Redevelopment Agency. It has transformed a block of old brick buildings into a shopping and dining area filled with restaurants and stores.

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