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’Gardening in Nevada’ series kicks off Feb. 2

Posted 1/20/2010

Photo of a small orchard

Are your fruit trees not as productive you would like? University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering a free Master Gardener workshop, “Training and Pruning Fruit Trees,” presented by Master Gardener Michael Janik at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bartley Ranch in Reno.

Janik will discuss how to prune and train your fruit trees to maximize their production and keep them looking good. He will also discuss how to restore older trees.

Janik is a local expert well-equipped to answer all of your fruit-growing questions. Not only does he have his Master Gardener training from Cooperative Extension, he has put his training and additional research to work, growing more than 100 apple varieties in his 4,000-square-foot orchard. He also grows several cherry, plum, peach and nectarine trees, as well as currants, grapes, elderberries, raspberries and hops. He is accomplished at grafting and specializes in growing espalier fruit trees, which are trained to grow flat against a trellis or lattice.

The workshop is part of the “Gardening in Nevada” series of FREE classes presented by Master Gardener volunteers of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday in February and March, beginning Feb. 2, at Bartley Ranch. “Gardening in Nevada” is cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Other workshop topics include:

  • Feb. 9 — Rose Care and Selection 101
  • Feb. 16 — Raising Small Livestock in an Urban Environment
  • Feb. 23 — Understanding Proper Tree Care
  • March 2 — Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees
  • March 9 — Gardening “A Roll Of The Dice”
  • March 16 — It’s All in the Family
  • March 23 — The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening
  • March 30 — Open Question Night

For more information, call University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 784-4848. You can also “Ask a Master Gardener” by e-mailing mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu.

The Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program trains local gardeners and works with them to disseminate safe, effective gardening information to their communities.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must call or notify Ashley Vollmar at 784-4848 at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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