UNCE Washoe County Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale 2010

Just wanted to remind everyone that the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale is coming up!

22 MAY 2010 ~ Saturday!
7 am – 11:30 am

“From our garden to yours, at great savings! Wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, grasses, shrubs, grapes and more. 4 in. and 1 gal. plants.”

5305 Mill Street, Reno, NV…just east of the old Excel building where The Friends of the Library hold their week-long book sales ~ on Mill Street between Edison Way and Corporate Blvd…north side.

Get there early! There are some pushy people that go to this, so be ready! They hand out maps of where all the plants are at…scope out what you REALLY REALLY REALLY want, and get there first. 🙂

The plants that I got last year ~

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My Haul from the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale ~ May 2009

Saturday morning I was up and out of the house by 5:45, picked up my mom and was standing in line at UNCE’s parking lot by 6:15 am. There were only 4 people in front of us…while waiting we had a great chat with one of the Master Gardener’s, Rachael. She’s been in charge of the greenhouse on Valley Road for the last six years.

Tomatoes seem to be the one thing that everyone races for…some people were down-right rude. Big sigh. But I got my ‘maters, and more, without hitting someone over the head with my box. 🙂

All my wee babies are out on the back patio hardening themselves…as they were just taken from the greenhouse on Friday. I’ll plant them by this coming Saturday, if not a bit sooner.

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Plants that I bought:

2 Homemade Pickles Cucumber
1 Spacemaster Cucumber
1 Lemon Cucumber
2 Hungarian Stuffing Peppers
1 Acorn Squash
1 Serrano Pepper
1 Delicata Squash
2 Jalapeno Peppers
2 Chamomile, German
4 Tomatillo Heirloom
1 Greek Oregano
2 Brandywine Heirloom Tomato
1 Silvery Fir Tree Heirloom Tomato
2 Red Siberian Heirloom Tomato
1 Sage
1 Parsley
1 Rosemary
1 Fennel Bronze
1 Feverfew
2 American Legion Poppy

Those will be added to the broccoli, cabbage, brussels spouts, beets, carrots, radishes, garlic, red & yellow onions, grey squash, hearts of gold cantaloupe, dill, rosemary, lemon thyme, thyme, sweet basil, oregano, Italian parsley that are already planted.

Still needed are bush bean, sweet white corn, and pumpkin seeds.

****** UPDATE: ******I forgot to add that Rachael said they get a lot of their seeds from Botanical Interests, Inc. in Colorado. They’re great seeds for our altitude here in Northern Nevada.

Springtime in Northern Nevada with Thoughts of Gardening

I love northern Nevada…but springtime here can be a killer. She teases you with 70F one day and then drops the daytime temps to 46F the next. You just want to hug your trees that are full of ready to burst blossoms and tell them to HANG ON BABIES!

Weeping Cherry

Weeping Cherry

Wrapping your newly transplanted cool weather veggies with pine needles or straw so they can make through the 25F-32F nights. Big Sigh.

Me thinks I’m going to have to buy myelf some more herbs at the Master Gardener's Plant Sale in May…some of them didn’t make it through the last cold snap, and we’re having another tonight for a couple of days.

I’ve noticed lots of people looking at my posts of how to make yourself a raised garden bed ~ Here’s what mine ended up looking like…Finished Raised Garden Beds.

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Thought I’d link you to a bunch of sites that are for us locally here in North Western Nevada…starting with Local Harvest: Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community. I put in my zip of 89431…but it covers the Reno/Sparks, Sierra Valley, Truckee, Stagecoach Areas. You can just put in your Zip if you want something else. You can find Farms, Farmer’s Markets, Restaurants and Grocery Stores that sell/use locally produced veggies, fruits, diary and meats.

A list of LOCAL CSA's in our area. Including Reno, Silver Springs, Fallon, and Stagecoach.

The River School looks like a pretty cool place…an educational and event center that demonstrates a holistic approach to stustainable living. Organic Gardening.

Home Classes Workshops & Events Weddings & Parties Calendar Sustainable Practices Mayberry Farm Contact Photos Organic Gardening Series

Early Registration is now over but please drop in for the classes you would like to attend.

Winter & Spring Series
11 workshops, January 10th – May 23rd, 1 – 3 pm
Note: these are not consecutive Saturdays!!!

From planning to making compost to planting, this series will give you the know-how to create a vibrant and productive organic garden. We’ll take you through the following topics and offer expert advice from our years of organic growing experience:

•What is Organic? (1/10)
•Planning your Garden (3 parts: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7)
•Starting Seedlings – cool season crops (2/21)
•Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Grapes (3/7)
•Compost & Worms (3/21)
•Starting Seedlings – warm season crops (4/4)
•Soil & Beds (4/18)
•Raising Chickens (5/2)
•Planting your Garden (5/23)

Class just added: Garden & Tool Management (Sunday, 5/17 from 10-12pm)

$10/pp for all

Part of the River School is Mayberry Farm ~ Growing Organic Food in Reno, Nevada.

Mayberry Farm is a group of gardens and micro-farms throughout Reno, Nevada dedicated to growing organic foods and to sustainable living education. We are part of the effort to produce 20% of the Truckee Meadows food locally by the year 2020.

Workshop Programs at Mayberry Farm include Organic Micro Farm Series (Irrigation & Water Harvesting, Crop Planting & Seeding, Composting, Poultry Mangement, and Beekeeping). Green Building Workshop: The Pallet Chicken Coop.

University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension Office ~ Washoe County Calendar. There is a class coming up called Backyard Conservation Workshop taught by Leslie Allen. She’ll discuss methods and techniques of creating wildlife habitats in the home landscape with special focus on creating habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

Earth Day is this coming Sunday ~ 19 April ~ don’t forget to go to Idlewild Park!

Community Gardens in Reno/Sparks area ~

Teglia's Paradise Park Community Garden
Yori Street/Libby Booth Garden
Mayberry Farm is in it’s early stages of making a garden plot on Valley Road between Sixth and Seventh Streets and are looking for other spaces to start…products raised will go to the Great Basing Community Food Co-op.

This is sort of an after thought … was checking out Craigslist and saw an ad called Got Polutry ~ I may have to check them out sometime as I’m still mulling over the idea of raising a couple of chickens for eggs.

Northern Nevada Poultry Fanciers Association

UNCE – Master Gardener Plant Sale (Reno/Sparks) ~ 16 May 2009

I’ve been planning my garden and called UNCE the other day to find out when the annual plant sale was ~ MAY 16!!!! Yippie!

Mark your calendars! 16 MAY 2009 ~ 7:00 am – 11:30 am.

Here’s a link to the Washoe County - Reno Calendar.

In case you’ve never been ~ (shaking head) ~ there usually are more than 3,000 plants for sale that our area Master Gardeners have grown themselves throughout the year. Included are plants such as HEIRLOOM tomatoes (these are soooooooo good! My mom bought one last year and I plan on buying a few this year), vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, annual & perennial flowers, shrubs, grapes and other berry plants ~ in 4″ and 1-gallon sizes.

There are usually a few of the Master Gardeners of Nevada on hand to answer questions.

Get in line early…bring containers and bags, although they usually have flats for you to use.

Address is 5305 Mill Street, Reno, NV (between Rock & McCarran).

Last year's herbs, veggies, and flowers!

Last year's herbs, veggies, and flowers!

Last year I bought 4 different tomato plants (Black Russian, Black Japanese, Belgium something, and a Yellow Plum), 3 Basil plants (Cinnamon, Lime, and regular), 2 rhubarbs, clary sage, borage, parsley, 2 hollyhocks, 2 Irish bells.