Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series are free classes cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. These classes are held yearly in February and March at Bartley Ranch (600 Bartley Ranch Rd.) in Reno. Taught by Certified Master Gardener volunteers and UNCE horticulture experts, these classes are a must-attend for Nevada gardeners. Class topics vary by year according to the needs of the local community.
2013 Class Schedule:
- 5th: Mulch 101 – Rod Haulenbeek, Master Gardener, will discuss the many benefits of using mulches, from weed suppression to different types of mulch and their ability to benefit plants and hold moisture. Plus, helpful guidelines to help you decide which may be right for your garden or landscape.
- 12th: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Master Gardener, will discuss the art of espalier and production pruning of fruit trees, how and why to thin fruit. Plus, tips on pruning to restore older, neglected trees. He will review the basics of pruning, plant response to pruning and methods to train and maintain an attractive and productive tree.
- 19th: Growing and Selecting Garlic for N. Nevada – Earstin Whitten, Master Gardener, will discuss growing great garlic. It’s both easy and rewarding for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. In most of the country, garlic is planted in the fall by sowing the individual cloves of “seed garlic,” but many new gardeners will try in spring. Come learn why fall is the best time to plant and what are the best varieties for your use.
- 26th: Theme Gardens – Pamela Van Hoozer, Master Gardener, will discuss growing something a little different–ignite you your gardening imagination to create/design a special garden. Theme gardening is an excellent way to expand your gardening horizons, involve others, or use your expertise in creating a garden to share or spend time relaxing. It can be simple or complex, small or large and is limited only by the imagination and how much work one wants to put into it.
- 5th: Selecting and Caring for Fruit Trees — Michael Janik, Master Gardener, grows over 100 varieties of apples, stone fruits and small fruits. He will discuss the importance of proper selection, planting and care of fruit trees in northern Nevada. He will also cover climate and soil effects, pest and disease management and yearly maintenance requirements for newly planted trees.
- 12th: Aquaponics — Heidi Kratsch, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specials, will discuss the benefits of aquaponics and creating a home system. Not sure what Aquaponics is? It is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. In aquaponics, you grow fish and plants together in one integrated, soilless system. Aquaponics produces safe, fresh, organic fish and vegetables.
- 19th: Successful Vegetable Gardening – Randy Robison, Master Gardener, knows the secrets to bountiful, award-winning harvests. Learn how he produces his abundant harvests through tried-and-true techniques. He’ll share tips on amending your native soil and gardening in raised bed.
- 26th: Harvesting and Storing Vegtables – Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Master Gardener program Coordinator, shows gardeners, experienced or not, how to grow and pick your crops at the peek of perfection. Plus, money saving tips on safe storage.