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Time for tomatoes

Posted 1/14/2014

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Helen Brown will teach a one hour class titled “Time for Tomatoes!” at University Medical Center’s Family Resource Center (1120 Shadow Lane) on Thursday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

Brown, a Master Gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing vegetables—especially tomatoes and vine crops. Las Vegas has two tomato seasons—spring/early summer and fall/early winter. Now is the perfect time to start tomato seeds indoors and get a bountiful first crop before the summer temperatures stop production.

To reserve a space at the workshop, contact Amy Runge at the Family Resource Center at 702-383-2229.

Brown, along with over 300 active Master Gardeners, is a University-trained community volunteer who shares her knowledge and desert gardening skills via community projects. Master Gardeners are experienced in successfully growing plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) climate of the Mojave Desert. This is an environment unfamiliar to many newcomers. By teaching what to plant and how to properly care for their landscapes or gardens, the Master Gardeners save people money — on water, soil amendments, plant materials, etc.

Since 1992 over 1,200 community members have taken the UNCE Master Gardener horticulture training course with the understanding that they are not to keep this information to themselves—that they will become the University’s unpaid ambassadors and share the science of good desert gardening with others.

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