Tahoe Plant Workshops
High Altitude Gardening Workshops: Want to grow your own fruits and vegetables here in Tahoe? Attend free workshops in May and June to learn how food can be grown at the Lake. Participants receive instruction on cultivation techniques, history/background on the plants being highlighted, and leave with free plants for their gardens. These are family-friendly workshops, with hands-on opportunities to get acquainted with growing fruits and vegetables. All workshops are sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and held on various days and times at the Tahoe City Demonstration Garden, the Truckee Community Garden, the North Tahoe Demonstration Garden, and at the South Lake Tahoe Library.
For the Tahoe City Demonstration Garden (2400 Lake Forest) events hosted by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, doors open at 5:00 p.m. and events start at 5:30 p.m.
We have one final fall garden workshop planned for 2018:
Seedlings grown for Garden Event Giveaways
- October 1st: Garlic and Alliums. Learn the tricks of the trade in growing in garlic and onion in high altitude. These varieties are specifically chosen to survive tough Tahoe winters and provide a hearty spring harvest. Topics include proper varietal selection, location in the garden or container, planting options, and methods for protecting the young plants.
- May 14th: Potatoes. Featuring the much loved starchy potato, one of the few vegetables known to be grown at Lake Tahoe (Glenbrook House) during pioneer times. The potato, native to the Andes is well suited to our climate. Interesting varieties have been selected for our trials, including blue, red and several fingerling types. Melissa Guthrie's PowerPoint presentation available here!
- May 21st: Onions. That tasty root vegetable you love so much it makes your cry. Join Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC for a discussion and presentation on the cultivation techniques and plant attributes of various onions as we learn which varieties grow best in our unique region. Dave Long's PowerPoint presentation available here!
- June 1st: Raspberries and Gooseberries. The easiest fruits to grow are also the best backyard fruits to grow because they don’t really ship well so you cannot buy good ones: berries. These pricey fruits can easily grow in a thicket along your fence or covering bare patches of land. Eat them fresh off the plant in the summer or make preserves so you can enjoy them all year! Dave Long's PowerPoint presentation available here!
- June 4th: Kale and Lettuce. One of the first crops to be harvested from any garden every year are leafy green vegetables like kale and lettuce. Add a couple of other veggies from the high elevation garden takls and you have one great spring salad or stir fry. Harvest continuously throughout the season and make kale chips for a superfood snack! Mary Wall's PowerPoint presentation available here!
- June 11th: Tomatoes. In cooler climates tomatoes typically are grown in greenhouses. The Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC are more interested in the hardier species of tomatoes that can handle the climate of Tahoe. This fruit is notoriously the problem child for garden families here in Tahoe. Learn the techniques required to grow these plants in our cool summers. Topics include proper varietal selection, location in the garden or container, planting options and methods for protecting the young plants and fruit. Dave Long's PowerPoint Presentation available here!
For more information contact Alison Toy.