Saving seeds from your garden is easy and free

I recently heard a fascinating story that got me excited about seed saving. After the death of her grandfather, his granddaughter went through his home. Under the floor boards, she found his army gear from when he served in the Vietnam War. Inside the front pocket of his army top, she found a small paper…

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Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension and other University programs

Do you know what University of Nevada Cooperative Extension does in your community? I find in my daily work that many people don’t know what Cooperative Extension is, or that there are Cooperative Extension offices in every county in the state. Cooperative Extension puts University research to work in in your home, workplace and community.…

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Add plants to attract hummingbirds

We often talk about pollinator gardens in reference to bees and butterflies, but hummingbirds also play an integral role in pollination of many of our native and ornamental plants. Red-colored, tubular-shaped flowers tend to be favorites for hummingbirds. When they dip their long bills into the flowers to feed on the sweet nectar, they get…

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Second season planting can increase your fall harvest

Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy, a Certified Arborist, is the Northern Area/Washoe County Horticulturist. She has expertise in horticulture, arboriculture, noxious weeds, and vegetable and low water use gardening.

As Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Wendy leads many volunteer horticulture programs including the Northern Nevada Master Gardener Program, Advanced Master Gardener Training Program, Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Program and Annual Master Gardener Plant Faire Extravaganza.

She also offers basic and advanced horticulture classes to arborists, green industry professionals and the general public. One of her most well-known programs is the Gardening in Nevada: Bartley Ranch Series, which offers free gardening classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno every February and March.

Wendy’s Contact information:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Northern Area/Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: hansonw@unce.unr.edu

Ph: (775) 336-0246, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881
Wendy Hanson Mazet

It may be hot outside, but now is the time to start thinking and planting for the second season vegetable garden. The warm season vegetables are in full production, and the wheelbarrows are starting to overflow with squashes, corn, peppers and a few tomatoes. But now it’s time to replant those empty spots and fill…

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Master Gardener Garden Tour funds community education program

It’s time again for the Master Gardener program’s annual fundraiser, the Master Gardener Garden Tour hosted by Rail City Garden Center in Sparks, Nev. The self-guided garden tour, held Aug. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a great way to learn what grows well in northern Nevada and get creative ideas for your…

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Protect your vegetable garden from contamination

Melody Hefner

Melody Hefner

Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Programs: Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety
Melody Hefner

Reports of food-borne illnesses are increasingly frequent in the news. Most foodborne illnesses are caused by consuming raw fruits and vegetables that are contaminated by pathogens. Pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses. Many people do not realize that home gardens are not free from pathogens. Many fruits and vegetables have natural barriers,…

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Water your plants by root depth

This time of year, when the temperatures soar, we worry a lot about our lawns getting enough water. But not enough attention is paid to the rest of our landscape. Our trees and shrubs need water too – not as often as the lawn, but the water should go deeper into the soil to encourage…

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Brown lawns in summer caused by improper watering

Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy Hanson Mazet

Wendy, a Certified Arborist, is the Northern Area/Washoe County Horticulturist. She has expertise in horticulture, arboriculture, noxious weeds, and vegetable and low water use gardening.

As Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Wendy leads many volunteer horticulture programs including the Northern Nevada Master Gardener Program, Advanced Master Gardener Training Program, Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Program and Annual Master Gardener Plant Faire Extravaganza.

She also offers basic and advanced horticulture classes to arborists, green industry professionals and the general public. One of her most well-known programs is the Gardening in Nevada: Bartley Ranch Series, which offers free gardening classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno every February and March.

Wendy’s Contact information:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Northern Area/Washoe County Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, Nevada 89502

Email: hansonw@unce.unr.edu

Ph: (775) 336-0246, direct line
Ph: (775) 784-4848, main line
Fax: (775) 784-4881
Wendy Hanson Mazet

The sweltering heat of summer is taking a toll, not only on our outdoor activities, but also on our landscapes. While we can find sanctuary in the shade of a large tree or the cool breeze of air conditioning, our flowers droop in the heat. The one plant to take the biggest hit is the…

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Don’t apply pesticides in the heat of summer

Melody Hefner

Melody Hefner

Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Programs: Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety
Melody Hefner

A client recently came into the Master Gardener office with a problem in his landscape. He noticed that the lower branches of several trees bordering his lawn were showing damage. The leaves were curling and the margins of the leaves looked burnt. He wondered what disease was causing this damage. By questioning him further, we…

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Spurges and pigweeds are problem weeds right now

Melody Hefner

Melody Hefner

Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Programs: Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety
Melody Hefner

You diligently pulled all those early spring weeds and your landscape was looking pretty nice. But where did all these new weeds come from? Now is the time of year when the summer annual weeds can become a real nuisance. The seeds of these weeds were waiting for the soil to warm and for the…

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