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Grow Your Own series offers expertise for Nevada gardeners

Posted 9/12/2011

Nevada’s rugged climate can present problems for even the most experienced gardeners. Unpredictable weather patterns coupled with a short growing season and soil low in organic matter make for some challenging growing conditions.

To help Nevadans manage the elements, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and certified Master Gardeners throughout Nevada are hosting “Grow Your Own! A Back-to-Basics Guide to Great Harvests in Nevada.” Grow Your Own! sessions are offered from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday starting on Sept. 20 and running through Nov. 8. The classes will be held at the Cooperative Extension offices at 4955 Energy Way in Reno and will be transmitted live via interactive video to Carson City, Duck Valley, Elko, Ely, Fallon, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Eureka, Tonopah and Yerington.

The series offers a wide variety of classes for horticulturists of all types, whether they are native Nevadans, beginners, veterans, urban or rural gardeners.

“The series has something for everyone,” says Western Area Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch. “Those new to Nevada who are having problems with their gardens will find out how to deal with the elements. There are also lessons that are valuable for more experienced gardeners looking to improve or optimize their gardens. We are also providing information on how to grow or compost in small places, for those who live in more urban areas.”

Kratsch said the series will begin with introductory classes in garden planning, crop selection and techniques to improve native soils. As the series progresses, Master Gardeners and Extension Educators will move into more advanced topics such as extending growing seasons and even lessons in growing fruits and berries in Nevada.

Class schedule:

  • Sept. 20: Getting Started!
  • Sept. 27: Basic Soils, Watering and Fertilizing
  • Oct. 4: Controlling Pests
  • Oct. 11: Soil Amendments, Composting, Cover Crops
  • Oct. 18: Season Extension
  • Oct. 25: Growing and Composting in Small Places
  • Nov. 1: Growing Fruits and Berries
  • Nov. 8: Harvesting, Preserving and Winterizing

The class fee for Reno residents is $15, or $60 to register for all eight classes. Class fees in other locations may vary. The classes offered on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 are free to the public due to the co-sponsorship by Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO). Carson City, Duck Valley, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Fallon, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Tonopah and Yerington residents should contact their local Cooperative Extension office for information on attending the series in those locations.

The preregistration deadline is Sept. 13. To preregister in Washoe County, contact Ashley Andrews at 775-336-0231 or email

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