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Gardening series continues--get the dirt on soil

Posted 5/25/2016

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers workshop July 16

soil class

Angela O’Callaghan explains the different levels of soil at a March 2015 class

Join University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on Saturday, July 16 for a workshop on Gardening in Small Places: the dirt on soil from 8 a.m. to noon.

If you’ve gardened in other parts of the country and then tried to garden here, you’ve noticed that the soil is different. Our Mojave soils are infertile, salty and alkaline — fine for desert natives — but not good for much else. If you’re curious about the soil in your yard, Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, will help you analyze your soil. For this hands-on class all participants are asked to bring a bag of soil from their yard to test. Due to the hands-on nature of this class, class size is limited. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

Class space is limited to 15 and pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.), email or call Elaine Fagin at 702-257-5573. Register online at

The next Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are Aug. 20, Landscape design; Sept. 10, Native plants; Oct. 22, Roses (new class); and Nov. 19, Growing fruit at home.

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