Nevada County Master Gardeners offer free workshops in August |

Nevada County Master Gardeners offer free workshops in August

The Master Gardeners of Nevada County are offering several free workshops in August — both at the regular location in Grass Valley and at the Nevada County Fair, Aug. 12-16.

The regularly scheduled workshops (10 a.m. to noon) will take place at the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden on the NID business grounds, 1036 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The workshops at the Nevada County Fair (check fair program guide for times) will take place near the booth in the Ag-Sperience area in the fairgrounds complex.

Here are the details:

Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon: “A Home Gardeners Guide to Seed Saving and Community Seed Exchange”

— Save money and increase your garden’s sustainability by learning to save your own seeds.

— Discover the benefits of seed saving and how to preserve heirloom varieties for posterity.

— Explore the differences between hybrid and open-pollinated varieties.

— Learn about seed harvesting and proper storage techniques.

— Participate in seed saving demonstrations.

Aug. 12-16: Join Master Gardeners to “Catch the Fair Bug” at the Nevada County Fair for a variety of garden-related presentations.

Check the Nevada County Fair program guide for times.

Aug. 12: “How to Build a Raised Bed,” “The Tomato – Selection and Planting Tips,” and “Container Gardening Ideas and Tips Fun Alternatives for Flowers and Vegetables.”

Aug. 13: “Growing Iris in the Foothills,” “Plant Selection for Drought.” and “Deer Resistant Gardening.”

Aug. 14: “Composting for success ­— for the Smart and Frugal,” “Tour the Hot Compost Pile,” “Lawns to Garden: Transform your lawn or weed patch into a fertile vegetable garden,” and “What’s that Black Stuff on My Apple Tree – Fire blight ID and Control.”

Aug. 15: “Turbo Charge your Vegetable Garden with Compost,” “Tour the Hot Compost Pile,” “Water Wise Gardening — Watering Smart in the Drought,” “Carnivorous Plants and Bromeliads.”

Aug. 16: “Boosting Beneficial Insects in the Garden with Habitats You Create” and “Landscaping Under the Oaks.”

Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon: “Foothill Vegetable Gardening – How to Grow Cool-Season Vegetables in Fall, Winter and Early Spring” — Vegetable gardening in the foothills isn’t just for summer. With a few simple techniques, cool weather vegetable gardening can be very successful in all parts of western Nevada County. 

— Discover cool-season crops and how to grow them.

— Learn how you can enjoy fresh produce from your own garden all year long.

— Discover the varieties and benefits of cover crops.

— Learn about seed starting, direct seeding vs. starting seed in containers.

— Explore ways to extend the growing season.

Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon: “Foothill Vegetable Gardening: Compost – The Gardener’s Best Friend.” Learn about the good side of rot. Compost can provide benefits for your garden. During this comprehensive workshop, you’ll find out how to make and use compost and you’ll learn how to avoid problems with compost building.

Save the date for the popular “Bite Me” Tomato Tasting event, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 12. Plan now for our fall plant sale, Sept. 19.

More information can be found on the Master Gardeners website at or by calling the hotline office at 530-273-0919.

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