Nevada County Master Gardeners set October workshops
Special to The Union
As fall brings cooler temperatures and the hope of a wet winter, it is time to set sights on planting perennials and fruit trees.
The final 2015 free public workshops offered by Nevada County Master Gardeners are scheduled as follows:
— Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon – “Creating Perennial Borders for Sun and Shade”
This workshop will offer the inside scoop on perennials that are strong performers in Nevada County.
*Explore perennial plant selection including plant height, color, texture, shape, sun and water requirements.
*Learn when to plant perennials and how to plant them for success.
*Participate in demonstrations including dividing perennials and other propagation techniques.
— Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon – “ABC’s of Planting an Orchard”
For those who have always wanted to add fruit trees to the garden, this workshop may inspire you to consider planting some. The “ABC’s of Planting an Orchard” workshop will cover the basics of planning, designing and care of a backyard orchard.
Attendees will learn:
*Water and fertilizer requirements for young trees.
*Things to think about before you start digging.
*Fears of planting a backyard orchard will be set aside as attendees will go away from the workshop feeling empowered and motivated!
— Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon – “It’s OK, Prune Away”
This workshop will help attendees achieve more respect for backyard orchard keeping. Participants may expect to learn:
*Pruning terminology and tools used for pruning.
*Different methods for pruning the backyard orchard including many types of fruit trees, except olives.
*Hopefully everyone will come away from the workshop feeling more courageous about pruning their trees.
*Many resources for accessing pruning information will be shared.
*After the class, participants are invited to drive to the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden at the NID complex (1036 W. Main St.) to view various pruning techniques used in the orchard.
All workshops are free of charge and will be held at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 S. School St. in Grass Valley, lower level meeting room.
For more information or for home gardening questions, call the Master Gardener Hotline at (530) 273-0919.
Master Gardeners are at the Hotline office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Ann Wright is a Nevada County Master Gardener.
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