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Cooperative Extension brings “Grow Your Own” classes online

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Gardeners can get a start on this year’s crops and plantings by participating in the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension’s “Grow Your Own!” series online. The eight-workshop series runs April 7 through 30 with statewide livestream classes covering topics from soil and irrigation to edible flowers and herbs and backyard livestock.

The goal of the “Grow Your Own!” program is to help those who want to get on a path to more sustainable, local, healthy living by growing more of their own food.

“Preschool children served homegrown produce are more thantwice as likely to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day as children who rarely eat homegrown produce,” Extension Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch said. “Gardening in Nevada can be a challenge, but Grow Your Own educators are experienced gardeners and growers, and are excited to share what they know with the community.”

Workshops will run 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The topics will include:

  • April 7: Raised Bed Gardening
  • April 9: Gardening in Nevada’s Soils
  • April 14: Irrigating & Fertilizing Vegetable Gardens
  • April 16: Native Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  • April 21: Growing in a Hoop House/Shade House
  • April 23: Growing Herbs & Edible Flowers
  • April 28: Backyard Livestock
  • April 30: Identification & Control of Vegetable Garden Insect Pests

Registration can be done online at http://www.growyourownnevada.com/horticulture-programs/home-horticulture-programs/grow-your-own/. Residents must register for every class they wish to attend. All workshops are free of charge and will be held through Zoom connection.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should contact Chad Morris at chadmorris@unr.edu or 775-336-0249 at least three days prior to the first day of the course they plan to attend.

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