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Posted 5/5/2017

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers workshop June 17

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Soil workshop-June 17

Join University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on Saturday, June 17 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. There is a $10 fee which includes class materials.

To register for the workshop held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev., I-215 and Windmill Lane), email Elaine Fagin or call 702-257-5573. Register online at

The next Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are July 15, organic gardening; Aug. 26, landscape design; Sept. 9, native plants; Oct. 21, roses; and Nov. 18, growing fruit at home.

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