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Master Gardeners gear up for August workshops

As July draws to a close, the Nevada County Master Gardeners are busy planning a number of workshops and activities for home gardeners, young and old.

On Aug. 2, a free workshop, “A Home Gardener’s Guide to Seed Saving” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nevada County Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, at the NID Business Center, 1036 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

The workshop will focus on the benefits of seed saving and how to preserve heirloom varieties.

The differences between hybrid and open-pollinated varieties will be discussed as well as seed harvesting and proper storage techniques.

Then, it will be “Simply Fun” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Aug. 6-10.

The Nevada County Master Gardeners have lined up a number of workshops including composting demonstrations, pest management and water-wise gardening.

This year they are offering activities for “Little Sprouts” at their booth in the Ag-Sperience section at the fairgrounds.

After the fair, it will be time to start thinking about fall planting and composting. On Aug. 23, the Master Gardeners will present “Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening is Cool!”

Then, Aug. 30, “All About Composting: Put Your Pine Needles, Fallen Leaves and Wood Chips to Work (Mulching and More)” will be the focus.

Both workshops will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden at the NID Business Center, 1036 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. The location is wheelchair accessible and free.

For information, call 530-273-0919 (from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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