“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 2, 2019. This one is about edible landscaping. All classes (8 in total) will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Reno UNCE office, 4955 Energy Way. If you live elsewhere in Nevada, your local UNCE office may be offering this series as well.

The cost is $15 per class or $60 for the entire series. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.

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On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the Discover Science Lecture Series will present Dr. Karen Lloyd, deep sea marine scientist. Dr. Lloyd studies novel groups of microbes in Earth’s deep surface biosphere, collecting them from disparate remote places such as Arctic fjords, volcanoes in Costa Rica, even deep in mud in the Marianas Trench.

The next speaker will be Bob Ziegler, plant pathologist, on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

“Discover Science Lecture Series at UNR” presentations are free and open to the public on a first come basis. Tickets are not required. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

You can get a free radon test kit until February 28, 2019. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that seeps up from the ground and accumulates in homes and other buildings. Radon-caused lung cancer kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable, but the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2019, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. The Reno office is at 4955 Energy Way.

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. In fact, a home tested with the highest radon reading in Nevada was in the Reno area.