Classes teach how to grow fruit trees in Northern Nevada

Do you dream of plucking a crisp apple right from your own apple tree? Attend a free master gardener workshop, "Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees," presented by Michael Janik, master gardener volunteer of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, at 6:30 p.m., March 7, at Bartley Ranch in Reno.

Growing fruit trees in northern Nevada may be challenging, but it's not impossible, according to Janik. Not only does he have his master gardener training from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Janik says he has put his training and additional research to work, growing more than 100 apple varieties in his 400-square-foot orchard. He also grows several cherry, plum, peach and nectarine trees; as well as currants, grapes, elderberries, raspberries and hops. He is accomplished at grafting and specializes in growing espalier fruit trees, which are trained to grow flat up against a trellis or lattice. Janik will discuss selecting, planting, and caring for fruit trees in northern Nevada. He will also talk about managing fruit tree diseases and pests.

The workshop is part of the "Gardening in Nevada" series of free classes presented by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday in March, at Bartley Ranch. "Gardening in Nevada" is cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

For a complete schedule of "Gardening in Nevada" topics and speakers, call University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 784-4848. You can also "Ask a Master Gardener" your gardening and yard care questions by e-mailing The Master Gardener program, as part of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, trains local gardeners and works with them to disseminate safe, effective gardening information to their communities.


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