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Free workshop: Summer vegetable gardening in the Sierra Foothills

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Spring is here, so now is the time to get newly inspired and invigorated about vegetable gardening.

Join the Nevada County Master Gardeners at their free workshop "Grow a Great Vegetable Garden this Summer!" from 10 a.m. to noon April 13 in the Remembrance Room (upstairs) at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Plenty of parking is available behind the building. Signs will point you in the right direction.

A team of three Master Gardeners will provide you with stimulating ideas, suggestions and research-based advice for growing a vegetable garden in the foothills this summer. Whether you're a brand new vegetable gardener or a long-time member of the dirt-under-the-fingernails set, this workshop will have something for you.

You will learn how to set up garden beds, how to build your soil for success, how to germinate your own starts and which vegetables and varieties do well in the foothills. The workshop will also cover the critical issue of when to plant and how to take advantage of season extenders, which will allow you to get a jump on summer and keep your plants alive longer at the other end of the season.

There are many ways to grow fresh vegetables among your ornamental plants and in pots or containers. The workshop will also introduce edible landscaping and vertical gardening, an exciting option for those who live in town or even in an apartment and may not have the space for a separate vegetable patch. Handouts will include a list of vegetable varieties that are particularly colorful and attractive and where they are likely to perform best.

"The Western Nevada County Gardening Guide," written and published by the Nevada County Master Gardeners, will be on sale before and after the presentation.

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A follow-up workshop devoted to composting will take place on the following week, from 10 a.m. to noon April 20. This workshop will be held at the NID Annex building and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley. During this workshop there will be a hands-on look at a compost pile that was started in March. Seating in the Annex Building is limited for fire safety purposes, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat.

For more information, visit the Nevada County Master Gardener website at or call the Master Gardener hotline at 530-273-0919.

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