“Grow Your Own, Nevada! – Gardening classes in Reno” is where you can learn how to grow vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada. It is a series of presentations sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

The classes are for home gardeners and small scale growers. They impart basic horticultural information and also provide information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self – sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

The first class in the spring series is on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. This one is about starting plants from seed. All classes (8 in total) will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Due to coronavirus concerns, classes will be held via Zoom this spring rather than in person.

There is no cost for the online classes, but you need to register to attend. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.

Learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada from a series of free classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park titled “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” brought to you by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

These free classes enable you to profit from the experience of local experts who know how to bring forth vegetables and other plants from our Great Basin climate and soil. They will be taught by UNCE horticulturists and experts, and Cooperative Extension’s certified Master Gardener volunteers.

The catch for the 2021 classes is that they will all be online via Zoom, not in person at Bartley Ranch. The gardening class series will be every Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. during February and March, 2021. The first, on February 2, is titled “Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees.” Visit the website to see the full class schedule and to sign up for the sessions.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. This type of lung cancer is preventable and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test.

Free radon test kits are easy to use and available through February 28, 2021, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices around the state. Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. If radon is detected, there are fairly inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels.

Visit “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses” for a list of locations where free test kits are available around Reno and Nevada. If you can’t get to a location to pick up a kit, there is information about how to order one through the mail.

Learn more from “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses.” Check this Nevada Statewide Radon Potential map and you’ll see that Reno and much of the surrounding area are among the highest risk zones.