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.
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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.
As people pass by on the street, they now see a new sign mounted in the pergola planter. It is an enlarged version of our California Master Gardener logo. Currently it is surrounded by native wallflower plants that echo the color of the California poppy.
Two additional features recently installed in the garden illustrate how creative thinking and a concern for the environment lead to the the repurposing of materials and intriguing garden art.
An Insect Hotel graces the native grass Pollinator Meadow. While cleaning up various areas on her property, a Master Gardener decided to use discarded materials to construct a hotel where beneficial insects could find their ideal home. Here in the foothills, insects can generally find whatever habitat they need, but in an urban setting with tidy gardens and lawns, there isn’t much choice for hibernating lady beetles, native bees or spiders. Each insect species has its own preference for materials for its home, including holes in wood, bamboo tubes, straw bundles, dried grass, lichen, pine cones and bark. We may not need an Insect Hotel in the foothills, but having one in the garden is fun, decorative and educational.
Another Master Gardener adopted the metal watering trough to show limited space gardening with minimal water usage. She combined her interests of gardening and cooking to grow a Pasta Garden. She planted a San Marzano tomato plant at one end and two pepper plants at the other end. She then stacked wide plastic bowls of three different sizes to provide levels for several varieties of parsley, oregano, thyme and basil. The bowls were supported by black plastic nursery pots and everything was stabilized with rebar down through the center, although PVC pipe would also have worked. She learned by trial-and-error that the black supporting pots should be placed right side up, with the lower one bigger than the top one. Along with drip irrigation, holes punched in the bottom of the bowls allow for drainage and for water to drip into the bowl below.
Save the Date in 2015
Tomato Tasting - Sept 12
Fall Plant Sale - Sept 19