Gardening in Nevada class discusses insect pest identification and management

Extension teams up with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to offer this free series online

Aphids eating a tomato plant's flower.

Extension’s March 16 Gardening in Nevada class offers information on identification and management for common insect pests, such as aphids. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Extension.

Gardening in Nevada class discusses insect pest identification and management

Extension teams up with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to offer this free series online

Extension’s March 16 Gardening in Nevada class offers information on identification and management for common insect pests, such as aphids. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Extension.

Aphids eating a tomato plant's flower.

Extension’s March 16 Gardening in Nevada class offers information on identification and management for common insect pests, such as aphids. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Extension.

Extension and their certified Master Gardeners offer “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” The series, online this year via Zoom, is for anyone who wants to garden – those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space. These classes, offered in partnership with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, are free and run 6-8 p.m., every Tuesday, March 16 – 30.

The classes are taught by Extension horticulturists, experts and certified Master Gardener volunteers, as well as local business owners. International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units may be available for some classes. The next three classes are:

  • March 16: Insect Pests of the Vegetable Garden — Melody Hefner, Extension Urban Integrated Pesticide Management and Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator, will discuss identification and integrated pest management (IPM) for common insect pests of the vegetable garden. IPM measures include prevention, cultural controls and sanitation, mechanical or physical controls, biological controls, and chemical controls. Early identification of insect pests and implementation of pest control plans can greatly reduce insect pests in vegetable gardens. Register online for Insect Pests of the Vegetable Garden.
  • March 23: Native Plants in the Landscape — Heidi Kratsch, Extension horticulture specialist, will present the benefits of incorporating native plants into the landscape, showing photos of a wide variety of well-suited native plants for our area, and discussing their growing conditions, care and maintenance. Register online for Native Plants in the Landscape.
  • March 30: Successful Vegetable Gardening — Randy Robison, Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will share his secrets to harvesting abundant, award-winning produce from raised garden beds in our high-desert climate, including how to amend soil to help plants, crop rotation strategies to increase yields, and companion planting to discourage pests. Register online for Successful Vegetable Gardening.

“The classes, which vary by year according to the needs of the local community, offer the why’s and how’s from people who live, grow and harvest in our northern Nevada area.” Rachel McClure, Master Gardener coordinator for Extension in Washoe County, said.

For more information on “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” or for general horticultural inquiries, contact Extension at 775-784-4848 or visit the Extension website. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

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