Natural Wreaths (Evening Class)

Michelle's second Natural Wreath Class took place this past Wednesday evening. It was a little chilly out in the green room, but with the fire sparked and the laughter flowing, it felt pretty warm to me. Because it was going to be dark by the time the ladies got started with class, Michelle had come in earlier in the afternoon and gathered twigs and berries...pieces of mossy branches...a little bit of everything from the back gardens. She had also brought in her own dried artichoke flowers from her summer garden. They were beautiful on the wreaths. Add a little here, put a little there, and the end results were natural and creative reminders of  gardens past, and the holidays ahead. Everyone had a great time, and the creative juices were flowing.......take a look for yourself.  
Michelle is hiding behind the wreath she made as the demonstration. Lucky, lucky me...I got to take that one home to hang on my own door.

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Extending the Season

Western Nevada College / Specialty Crop Institute is back in Fallon with another highly recommended seminar this coming Friday, Nov 13th, and Saturday, Nov 14th. If you have been wondering how you can extend your growing season here in our valley, this is a must attend event. Fridays classes will be devoted to the use of "Hoop Houses", like you may have seen out at Lattin & Mewaldt's Organic farms. Saturday will be a presentation about CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. Click on the link below for all the details.

Pruning with Jay

Saturday, February 23rd

I want to thank Jay Davison for once again giving us an awesome pruning workshop. This is the seventh year that Jay has assisted us with this class and every year I learn so much more about pruning. Plus it is such a great refresher for what I "thought I knew". This picture was taken out in our new shade tree lines where we have a gorgeous pink flowering crab apple already planted. The tree had been planted as a memorial to Norma Cooper in the spring of 2005, and while I wanted the new tree lines, I was pretty hopeful that we would not have to try and move this tree to achieve them. With Jay's help we were able to prune up some of the lower branches, and hopefully re-direct some of the new ones that will come on. Our thanks to one of our wonderful gardener friends, Jim Kapner, who attended and took some pictures for us.
I am including some websites from the handout that Jay gave us. There is some great info, just copy and paste into your browser if they won't click from here. I will also add them to our website. If you weren't able to make it the class and would like a handout, just stop by the store. We still have some left at the counter in the green room. Happy Pruning, Susan

Useful Web Sites for Pruning

Fruit Trees


Shade Trees