Ready, set, grow: Upcoming Master Gardener’s events for April |

Ready, set, grow: Upcoming Master Gardener’s events for April

Spring is here! Ready to plant seeds or vegetable starts? Want to attract beneficial plant pollinators to the garden?

Join the Nevada County Master Gardeners for another workshop in their series on vegetable gardening in the foothills, and the following week, find out how to attract native bees and other beneficial insects to your gardens.

All workshops are free of charge.

“Foothill Vegetable Gardening: Ready, Set, Grow Your Vegetable Garden” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge (lower level), 109 S. School St.

— This workshop will explore an efficient, effective garden layout using varieties of vegetables that do well in our fickle foothill climate.

— Soil composition, crop rotation, tools, and water conservation in the vegetable garden will also be presented.

“All the Buzz: Attracting Native Bees and Other Pollinators” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon April 11 at the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden at the Nevada Irrigation District grounds, 1036 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

— Pollinators are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. They are essential for plant reproduction and to produce genetic diversity in the plants they pollinate. Discover the pollinators in the Sierra foothills and why they are so important to our ecosystem.

— Explore which plants (including native species) will attract pollinators to your garden.

— Learn how to create a bee sanctuary on your property and, find out about safe garden practices to protect the pollinators.

The Union’s 30th annual Spring Home and Garden Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds,

11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

— There will be many garden-focused booths at the Home and Garden Show, including Nevada County Master Gardeners. They will answer home gardening questions and share research-based gardening information. Bring samples (in plastic bags) for pest identification or plant identification.

Mark your calendars now for May 4 when the NC Master Gardeners will present a workshop on “Building a Raised Garden Bed”. Then plan to shop at the Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 9 at the NID grounds.

For more information, visit or call 530-273-0919. A Master Gardener is at the Hotline office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

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