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Gardening in Nevada class discusses how to garden in extreme soil conditions

Posted 3/6/2019

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Cooperative Extension offers “Soils and Vermicomposting” March 12 as part of the Gardening in Nevada series. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension.

University teams up with Washoe Parks and Bartley Ranch to offer free series

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their certified Master Gardeners offer “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” The series is for anyone who wants to garden — those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. These classes, offered in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, are free and run 6-8 p.m., every Tuesday, March 12 — 26, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

“Northern Nevada has an ever-changing, unpredictable climate,” Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet said. “Learning to grow plants successfully here can be a challenge. Through this series, anyone interested in gardening and landscaping can learn from Master Gardeners and other successful Nevada gardeners who have decades of experience gardening here.”

The classes are taught by Cooperative Extension horticulturists, experts and certified Master Gardener volunteers, as well as local business owners. International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units have been requested for some classes. The next three classes are:

  • March 12: Nevada Soils and Vermicomposting — Billie Shea, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss some of the extreme soil conditions in Nevada, several ways to improve plant health and vegetable garden yields, and alternative ways to planting in the ground. She will also demonstrate how to construct a low-cost worm habitat and ways to recycle vegetable and garden scraps to feed your worm population.
  • March 19: Grow Anywhere Container Gardening — Joan Anglin and Sherry Ruth, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, will discuss the ins and outs of creating containers from readily available materials, and growing food and flowers on a balcony or in a driveway. They will demonstrate how self-watering containers with a simple drip system can make gardening easier.
  • March 26: Successful Vegetable Gardening — Randy Robison, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will share his secrets to harvesting abundant, award-winning produce from raised garden beds in our high-desert climate, including how to amend soil to help plants, crop rotation strategies to increase yields, and companion planting to discourage pests.

For more information on “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” or for general horticultural inquiries, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 775-784-4848 or, or visit Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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