Do you find yourself wondering what to do with your inner vegetable gardener before the weather has warmed enough to plant your summer crops?
Nevada County Master Gardeners will present a free workshop, “Spring Forward with Cool Season Vegetables,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 16.
This two-hour training will be held in the Remembrance Room (upstairs) at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall at 255 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Signs will point you in the right direction.
A team of three Master Gardeners will cover the three most important points of cool-weather gardening:
— Starting at the right time.
— Growing the right cold-hardy vegetables for the area.
— Using season extenders such as cold frames, low tunnels and hoop houses to give yourself an added advantage over Mother Nature’s colder side.
There also will be discussion of how and where to layout your cool-weather garden beds, how to germinate your own vegetable plant starts, when to plant seeds or set winter/spring vegetables out in the garden and how to build your soil for success.
The workshop will allow plenty of time for questions and discussion, as Nevada County residents are highly stimulating and enthusiastic gardeners.
Even if you live in the coldest parts of western Nevada County, you can grow fresh, healthy, cold-weather vegetables such as lettuce, arugula, peas, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard and maché in your own back yard.
“The Western Nevada County Gardening Guide,” written and published by the Nevada County Master Gardeners, will be on sale before and after the presentation. This book is a must-have for gardeners in this area.
The workshop will also include a sneak preview of the compost pile being assembled as a demonstration for the workshop, “Creative Composting: Get the Best Results for the Least Effort.”
That workshop will be held on the following week, at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at the NID Annex building and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
The workshop is free, as are all Master Gardener workshops and presentations.
Reserve Feb. 16 and 23 on your calendar for these upcoming workshops.
For more information about workshops offered by Nevada County Master Gardeners, visit http://ncmg.ucanr.org.