Although it’s still winter, the University of Nevada, Reno Extension is preparing new and experienced gardeners with a variety of online and in-person gardening and growing workshops. These workshops for Southern Nevada gardeners will be held this month and next and will cover vegetable growing, pruning and gardening problem solving.
“Gardening may not be the most important thing to you when it’s cold, but there’s no better time to learn and start,” said Elaine Fagin, director of the Extension Program.
Details of the workshops are:
- January 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pomegranate, Fig and Other Fruit Trees: Personal Class on Nursing and Pruning. Extension Master Gardener Yutaka Nomura will teach how to cultivate trees, keep them healthy and prune for the best fruit production. Part of the class will be indoors and part outdoors where demonstration of basic pruning techniques specific to fig and pomegranate trees will take place. Registration costs $10. Register here for the course on January 26th.
- January 31, 6-8 p.m., Trees and Shrubs: Planning, Planting and Care Zoom class. Extension Master Gardener Mike Kauzlarich covers the basics of what you need to know for all life stages of your trees and shrubs. The presentation covers proper site selection and preparation, as well as long-term care and maintenance of your prized plants. Registration is free. Register here for the course on January 31st.
- February 8, 6-8 p.m., Organic Pest Control, Zoom class. Expand your knowledge of how to manage insects in your garden without the use of chemicals with Extension Master Gardner Lori Evans. Participants will learn methods of controlling pests without harming people and pets. Registration is free. Register here for the course on February 8th.
- February 11, 9am-12pm, Gardening in Small Places: Vegetable Garden Zoom Class. Angela O’Callaghan, Ph.D., will teach gardeners of all experience levels how to successfully grow food in the Mojave Desert. O’Callaghan will discuss what you need to know to get started and have a successful garden this year. Registration costs $10. Register here for the course on February 11th.
- February 15, 6-8 p.m., Growing Under the Stars: Care for and Pruning Your Granataples Zoom Class. Did you know that pomegranate trees have different pruning guidelines than other fruit trees? Heather Freeman, Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, will share best practices for caring for and pruning your pomegranate trees for peak production. Registration is free. Register here for the course on February 15th.
- February 16 and February 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Southern Nevada grape care and pruning, face-to-face class. Extension Master Gardener Yutaka Nomura will teach the basics of planting, caring for and maintaining healthy vines. Part of the lesson will take place in a classroom and the final part will be a hands-on demonstration of how to trim the canes. Registration costs $10. Register here for the courses on February 16th and 18th.
For more information on gardening events or for general gardening inquiries, contact the University of Nevada, Reno Extension at 702-222-3130, email Extension’s Master Gardeners, or visit the Extension website. Individuals requiring special housing or assistance should contact Paul Lessick, Civil Rights and Compliance Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-257-5577 at least five days prior to the scheduled event with their needs or for more information.