Buy Local, Grow Local

Buy Local, Grow Local—

Plant Your Garden with Plants from Nevada Plant Sales, Producers, Nurseries and Garden Centers

horiz.colorNevada weather is never a sure thing, but the time to get warm-season transplants in the ground is nearing. One local plant source, the Master Gardener Plant Fair Extravaganza, is out of commission this year. There was not sufficient space in University greenhouses for the Advanced Master Gardener Greenhouse Program to grow plants. We are hopeful our program will secure greenhouse space next year, and there are plenty of other local plant sources to tide you over until then. A few are listed below. Have fun shopping, but remember Cooperative Extension does not endorse any particular sale, producer, nursery or garden center.

This Weekend-

Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology Plant Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students will sell edibles and ornamentals, including herbs, tomatoes, peppers and flowering plants, near Reno High School’s greenhouse on Foster Drive. Information about the Academy is online at http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/aact/.

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Join the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op this Saturday for a seedling sale and street fair.

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op Seedling Sale and Street Fair: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 240 Court Street in Reno, shoppers can purchase climate-adapted plants from local growers who will be on-site to answer questions. Sale-goers can also buy local food, drinks, honey, soaps, lotions and more. For information, visit http://www.greatbasinfood.coop/.

Saturday, June 7-

Carson City Greenhouse Project: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. While their plant sale was May 10, the Greenhouse Project will also have edible and ornamental plants available at the June 7 Carson Farmers Market, 3rd and Curry in Carson City. Details are available via email camille@carsoncitygreenhouse.org or online at http://carsoncitygreenhouse.com/ and http://www.carsonfarmersmarket.com/.

Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden Plant Sale: 8 a.m. – 12 noon. Find GMO-free vegetable plants as well as low-water use ornamentals at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 North Sierra in Reno. Volunteers will answer gardening questions, and the first 30 children can paint a clay pot and plant a seed in it. After the sale, plants will be available while supplies last 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 9-13. For information, visit http://www.mayarboretumsociety.org/.

Ongoing

For the best transplanting success, purchase plants that are stocky, not leggy or overgrown, and harden-off plants before placing them in the ground. Photo by Ashley Andrews.
For the best transplanting success, purchase plants that are stocky, not leggy or overgrown, and harden-off plants before placing them in the ground. Photo by Ashley Andrews.

Local Producers, Nurseries and Garden Centers: Ask around, search online or visit http://buynevada.org/ and http://nevadagrown.com/ to find retailers near you.

Turn Reno Green: Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Turn Reno Green offers unique and heirloom plants, dwarf fruit trees and dwarf tropical trees at their weekly plant sales. For information, call 775-291-7068 or search for them on Facebook.

When shopping, choose sturdy seedlings. Then, help your plants get used to living outside (instead of in a greenhouse) by placing them on the east side of your house a few hours a day for several days before transplant. To learn how to protect your new plants from pests, attend our Grow Your Own, Nevada! class on May 22 from 6-8 p.m.  For information, visit www.growyourownnevada.com.

Ashley Andrews is the Cooperative Extension Horticulture Assistant. For questions about your plants, contact a Master Gardener at 775-336-0265 or mastergardeners@unce.unr.edu, or visit www.growyourownnevada.com.

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