Reposted from NEVADA Today (view original article here)

University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering free online courses this May to teach gardening basics. Extension’s Grow Your Own, Nevada! Program will livestream eight classes via Zoom to help Nevadans who want to get on a path to more sustainable, local and healthy living by growing and preserving more of their own food.

“Anyone can become a better gardener by attending these classes,” Heidi Kratsch, Extension horticulture specialist, said. “From the beginner to the advanced gardener, everyone can benefit from a Grow Your Own, Nevada! class.”

The series of workshops will run 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2 – May 25. The workshops will provide gardeners and those interested in growing healthy foods with a back-to-the-basics guide to producing bountiful harvests in Nevada. The topics will include:

  • May 2: Introduction to Herbs and Edible Flowers – Wendy Hanson Mazet
  • May 4: Plant Diseases: What’s Eating My Crops? – Patricia Santos
  • May 9: Promoting Pollinators – Carrie Jensen
  • May 11: Season Extension for the Garden – Rachel McClure
  • May 16: Common Vegetable Garden Pests – Megan Andrews
  • May 18: Tips for Success With Fruit Trees – Wendy Hanson Mazet
  • May 23: Soil Building for Better Plant Health – Heidi Kratsch
  • May 25: Successful Composting in Nevada – Heidi Kratsch

Residents must register for each class they wish to attend, and the Zoom link will be provided after registration is received. All workshops are free of charge.

Author: Cheree Boteler