Welcome to UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County
Nevada County gardens vary widely. Elevations range from 1,000 to 4,000 feet. Soil types are red clay, serpentine, sandy loam, forest loam or something in-between. Generally acidic, soils may lack necessary nutrients and organic matter. Some gardens are below the snowline, while others are often covered with snow and may have frozen soil for an extended time. We know that “One size does not fit all.” Gardening in Nevada County is unlike gardening elsewhere and it is not the same throughout the county. Master Gardeners are here to provide home gardeners in Nevada County with science-based information, whatever their gardening conditions.
Western Nevada County Gardening Guide
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News from Our Demonstration Garden
Come visit the Demonstration Garden at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, on the NID grounds. If you would like to schedule a group tour led by a Master Gardener, please call our Hotline office (530) 273-0919.
Rain, glorious rain! Although our sunny days may be fewer this winter, we’re delighted with all the moisture and hope it will continue. We long for plentiful groundwater to carry our shrubs and trees through the hot summer ahead.
The Demonstration Garden in winter has a deceptive feeling of nothing much happening. Although the pace has slowed, roots are still growing, the rich biotic life of the soil remains, and plants are resting, waiting to burst into spring glory. Bare branches actually have tiny buds. Look carefully at the manzanita in the Oak Habitat—tiny claw-like buds that developed by summer’s end are already beginning to swell and they will be among the first blossoms of spring. The fuchsia flowered gooseberry burst forth with brilliant green leaves with the first rains of winter. Down by the pergola, daffodils are poking their green leaves up through the mulch. These signs assure us that winter rains bring an awakening of our garden, starting the cycle of growth once again. Master Gardeners are not idle, either. They have made plans for the coming year and are already springing into action for the new season.
Calendar of Events
|Monarchs and Milkweed - Indivisible||2/13/2016|
|Landscape Planning on Paper||2/20/2016|
|The Joy of Vegetable Gardening||2/27/2016|
New Workshops in 2016!
Monarchs and Milkweed
Landscape Planning on Paper
The Joy of Vegetable Gardening- Especially for Beginners