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Bartley Ranch annual ‘Gardening in Nevada’ series begins Feb. 5



washoe-150x150-1964870-4095405“Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series” presents eight free classes co-sponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

These classes are held annually at no charge in February and March at Bartley Ranch in Reno and are taught by Certified Master Gardener volunteers and UNCE horticulture experts. Classes include:

  • 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.

What: Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series

When: Tuesdays, Feb. 5 – Mar. 26, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Western Heritage Interpretive Center
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

For more information, contact: (775) 784-4848 or visit www.unce.unr.edu.

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