Upcoming Reno, Sparks and Carson City Gardening Classes May & June 2008

Going to list a bunch of Gardening and Lawn Classes that are throughout the Truckee Meadows this upcoming week ~ some I’ve been talking about for at least a month! I’m very excited about the Master Gardener’s sale! And if you miss that plant sale, catch the one at the Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum on 7 June 2008.

17 May 2008, Saturday
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Plant Faire
5305 Mill Street
7:00 am
$1.50 to $5.00 Vegetables & Herbs
Many annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses will also be available.
Master Gardeners will be on hand for your gardening questions.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Greenhouse Garden Center
2450 S. Curry St., Carson City
Let’s Talk Tomatoes & Peppers
Learn how to grow the best tomatoes and peppers this summer.
9:00 am, FREE, no reservations needed.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening
9:00 am, FREE

Greenhouse Garden Center Event Calendar

17 May 2008, Saturday
Organic Gardening
Garden Shop Nursery
475 Gentry Way, Reno
10:00 am, Free
Featuring: Giselle Schoniger, Category Manager from Kellogg Garden Products.
Learn the basics about natural and organic gardening and how easy and effective it is. Gisele Schoniger will explain the different soils, fertilizers, and amendments and just how they benefit your garden. There will be free Dr. Earth samples so that you can try them for yourself. Plus, there will be a free bag of Gardeners Gold potting soil for each of the first 50 people!

24 May 2008, Saturday
Veggie and Herb Gardening
Join veggie specialist Tom Munro. He will help you get your veggie beds ready and pick the right plants for the right area.

Garden Shop Nursery Newsletter.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Rail City Gardening Center
1720 Brierley Way, Sparks
11:00 am, Free
Learn how to control and prevent insects and other pests from damaging the garden.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Gardening in Small Places
11:00 am, Free

Rail City Garden Event Calendar

20 May 2008, Tuesday
Garden Photography with Mark Vollmer
Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum
1596 N. Virginia St., Reno
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Register in advance
Professional photographer, Mark Vollmer, covers techniques such as filters, lighting and composition.
Contact 775-785-4153

7 June 2008,
Annual Plant Sale
8:00am-12:00 pm, Arboretum

Reno Garden Society
Third Wednesday of each month
5:30 pm
Call for location ~ 775-826-9135
Learn aboug gardening and landscaping from society members and certified master gardeners.

Community Gardens in Northern Nevada

Just happened to glance at today’s Reno Gazzette-Journal before heading out the door for work and saw the Living Section had lots of gardening articles, so I brought it with me. I guess this week will be GARDENING BLOG WEEK! LOL! 🙂

Susan Skorupa wrote an article about Community Gardens Sprout in Nevada ~ Teglia’s Paradise Park in NE Reno, Carson City, and in Virginia City. Places where people, with no garden space of their own, can plant in plots for their own food and to help charity food programs.

I’ve rewritten part of the article to get all the information in a nut shell:

Teglia’s Paradise Park Community Garden
Contact Debora Hartshorn, administrator, at 775-356-3176 for additional information

The Community Garden provides garden plots for $5/plot this season for residents to plant their own vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. Residents must turn the soil, plant and water their own individual plots. Water, hoses, a wheelbarrow and other tools are available in the garden for everyone’s use.

The garden holds 44 individual 5’x10′ plots and several large community plots. In the large community garden beds, seeds are donated and people help with the upkeep of the garden. All food from those plots goes back into the community. They ask that individual garden plots donate a portion of their produce to a select charity.

There are a few large raised beds that are fully accessible to those with disabilities to sit in wheelchairs or chairs and garden. Resident involvement is important and a Garden Club is available to get to know your fellow gardeners. You can learn great gardening tips and develop your gardening skills.

The fenced-in garden area consists of tilled and composted beds, paved pathways, shade from a grape arbor, bulletin board and a drinking fountain. There is an 800 pound mosaic Scarecrow built by a local artist and sculptor, Victoria Sweedler.

There is an area outside of the garden for composting where leaves from city properties is brought in and mulch comes from the urban forester’s office. Western Nevada Supply donated a drip irrigation system for the large community plots.

Carson City’s Community Garden
Carson City Community Garden Information: 775-887-2252

Carson City’s Community Garden Plot is on city land near the Lone Mountain Cemetery and consists of about 24 4’x16’ plots. It began as a partnership between the Cooperative Extension Office and the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department; it now includes the Carson City Senior Center.

Initially the garden was open to Senior Citizens only, but is now open to all residents. Gardeners pay $10/year, there maybe a partial fee waiver for those who can’t pay.

The city provides water, hoses, tools, some seeds and fertilizer. Insecticide use is discouraged. There is no produce donation required, but last year more than 400 pounds of food went to different local programs.

Virginia City’s Community Garden

Virginia City has a small garden that benefits the Community Chest’s food closet and the before- and after-school food program. There are a few raised garden boxes that were the result of a project by the Global Youth Service Day ~ they sit behind the offices of the Community Chest, a family youth development program.

I have my fingers crossed with my garden…I go out every day after work to talk to my seeds while watering. It’s only been five days since I planted, but I’ve been nose to dirt looking for seedlings! ROFL! Since there is only two of us, I will be donating my extra veggies that I don’t plan on canning to my neighbors and the church next door.

Happy Friday! My dirt is coming! My dirt is coming!

LOL! Oxborrow is delivering my garden soil and decomposed granite today ~ asked them to give me a call here at work before they deliver so I can get home by the time they get there.

Am getting 3 cubic yards of Double Mix (topsoil and grape compost) and 3 cubic yards of D.G. 5/16″ (coarse). Have my wheelborrow and shovel ready!

Well have to go shopping for seeds and some plants afterwards. List has been made:

Here’s a picture of where it’s all going ~

Soil in the boxes ~ decomposed granite all around the boxes where the dirt is now. It’s going to be nice not having dirt all over the patio when the wind blows. Tired of sweeping out there all the time! I was going to get the fine D.G., but the lady at the counter asked what it was going to be used for. Told her and she suggested the coarse as the fine is like sand. She said that the coarse D.G. is what everyone uses in their xeri-scape landscaping. Small pebble size, like your pinky finger nail. I plan on using it in the front yard where I’ve been re-landscaping too.

ALSO! Wanted to remind everyone in the Reno/Sparks area that the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office will be holding their:

ANNUAL MASTER GARDENER PLANT FAIRE next Saturday, May 17th, 2008 at 7:00 am to 11:30 am. 5305 Mill Street, Reno, NV. 784-4848.

From our gardens to your’s at great savings! Wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, grasses, shrubs, grapes and more. 4-inch and 1-gallon plants.

Here is a link to their Calendar of Events.

Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada & How to make a Raised Garden

After just about killing ourselves over those bloody junipers and planting the lilac and weeping cherry, I’ve turned my sights to the back yard and making my raised vegetable beds!

In the very back of Sunset’s WESTERN LANDSCAPING BOOK, pages 404-405, in the Materials and Techniques chapter, there is a section on Building A Raised Bed.

Raising your garden above the ground can solve some of the most frustrating problems gardeners face. An easy-to-build bed makes it possible for plants to thrive where soil is poor, wildlife is hungry, or the growing season is short. And if you need easy access to your plants – due to a disability or simply to eliminate back-bending labor – you can sit on the edge of the bed and garden in comfort.
Fill the bed with the best soil you can. Good soil means that plants can be placed closer together, making a small area more productive. Line the bottom of the bed with wire screening to keep out pests, or fit it with a PVC framework for bird netting.
A raised bed can be any size, but if its more than 4 feet wide it will be difficult to reach the middle from either side. If the sides will double as benches, build the frame 18-24 inches high.

We have a small backyard ~ with a huge front and side yard. So much rearranging of the landscaping to do! OY! Here’s what I have to work with out back ~ The soil that has been turned was going to be sod…but I’ve decided to put pavers there instead. The compacted ground area behind will be where the raised garden bed will go. Behind those rocks is a an area of about two feet wide to the fence…that will be where I plant the corn.

A couple of weeks ago The State of Nevada Employees Council had an Open House at The Joe here on campus and I signed up for a lot of information from the University of Nevada's Washoe County Cooperation Extension office. I used to be in 4-H out in Washoe Valley…so I knew they were loaded with great information. I highly recommend them for all us in Northern Nevada and the Eastern California area! I posted a link to all of their free publications below.

Here are some of the pamplets I asked for:
Vegetable Varieties For Northern Nevada
A Quick Guide to Composting
Nevada Soils – Worth the Toil
Urban Forestry Tree Planting Practices for Nevada
The All Seeing, All Knowing, Lawn Care Manuel for Northern Nevada
Roses for Reno and the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Area
Spring Planted Bulbs Boast Beautiful Blooms
Hardy, Drought-Tolerant and Moderately Salt-tolerant Shurbs and Vines for Northern Nevada
Seven Ways to Make Your Trees and Shurbs Drought Resistant

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS FOR FREE

The Vegetable Varieties for Northern Nevada is four pages long and gives a list of all veggie varieties that are great for planting here with the planting dates. Great comments on which are better for canning, yields, rust resistance, maturing, indoor growing, storage values, disease resistant, most popluar, etc.

ps: For all of you in the Reno/Sparks area…or those of you who will be in town on May 17th ~ at the Washoe County Extension Office on Mill Street there will be a plant sale that morning. 🙂