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Free gardening workshops offered by UNCE

Posted 2/1/2013

Workshops will assist attendees with solving plant problems

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) and the Washoe County Department of Regional Parks and Open Space are sponsoring the 2013 “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” a program consisting of eight gardening classes throughout February and March. The classes will be held at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park for free with no reservations required.

The classes will be held every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., between Feb. 5 and March 26, concentrating on a variety of gardening issues, including weed suppression, production pruning strategies and tips to producing abundant harvests. Classes will be taught by Certified Master Gardener volunteers and UNCE horticulture experts.

Feb. 5: Mulch 101 Rod Haulenbeek will discuss the many benefits of using mulches, from weed suppression to different types of mulches and their ability to benefit plants and hold moisture.

Feb. 12: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees Michael Janik will discuss the art of espalier and production pruning of fruit trees.

Feb. 19: Growing and Selecting Garlic for Northern Nevada Earstin Whitten will discuss growing great garlic. Garlic is planted in the fall by sowing the individual cloves of “seed garlic,” but many new gardeners will try planting it in spring.

Feb. 26: Theme Gardens Pamela Van Hoozer will teach how to grow something a little different to design and create a special garden. Theme gardening is an excellent way to expand gardening horizons and involve others.

March 5: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees Michael Janik grows over 100 varieties of apples, stone fruits and small fruits and will discuss the importance of proper selection, planting and care of fruit trees in northern Nevada. He will also cover climate and soil effects, pest and disease management and yearly maintenance requirements for newly planted trees.

March 12: Aquaponics Heidi Kratsch, UNCE horticulture specialist, will discuss the benefits of aquaponics, which is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, and how to create a home system.

March 19: Successful Vegetable Gardening Randy Robison knows the secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests. Learn how he produces his abundant harvests through tried-and-true techniques. He’ll share tips on amending native soil and gardening in raised bed.

March 26: Harvesting and Storing Vegetables Wendy Hanson Mazet, the University of Nevada Master Gardener program coordinator, shows gardeners how to grow and pick crops at the peak of perfection and provides money saving tips on safe storage.

The Bartley Ranch Regional Park is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. Inquiries regarding directions should be directed to Ashley Andrews at 775-331-0231. More information regarding the Gardening in Nevada program can be found by contacting the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office at 775-784-4848 and at www.unce.unr.edu or the Master Gardener program at mastergardners@unce.unr.edu

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