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Garden Group Meeting March 17

Hi everyone –

We all love the meeting space at the WV Church parish hall, and hope you all who have not yet see it will come by and check out the meeting location.


The next Garden Group will be on March 17, 6:30 pm at the Washoe Christian Church on Esmeralda.  It is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.  Also a $1 to donate for the church use for the evening.


We’ll have a panel of Beekeepers presenting information about beekeeping and will answer questions about bees and their environments.  There will be visual aids and perhaps other exciting demos.

Also, since there was not a lot of notice about Seed Sharing last month, let’s do it again this month.  Bring seeds you are willing to share with others.  If you think you would like to receive seeds of WV gardeners, bring envelopes, small ziplock bags, something to write the name of the plant and the variety.

I am attaching a lovely flyer from Ryan Sherrer from the Washoe Tree Nursery about a free workshop in May at the Nursery.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about pollinators in general.  There are some requirements for registering for the workshop.  They are:
1) Have an available backyard habitat space for pollinators and plants
2) Agree to plant the native plants obtained from the workshop by a certain date (TBD)
3) Not use pesticides in and around the garden
4) Allow photographs to be taken of garden space after planting

Now that we have plenty of space for meeting, remember to invite your neighbors and friends to join us.  This is a community group.


The Washoe Valley Alliance is urging all of us who are available to attend the Washoe County Commissioners meeting next Tuesday.  They will be deciding whether to allow Verizon to construct a huge cell tower across from what was Dry Creek Nursery.

See you all on the 17th.


Donna Murphy-Sharp

Cider Press Event

Hi folks –

Big weekend of Cider pressing coming up,  Families and friends welcome to attend and participate.  See details below.

CIDER PRESS – Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Hi friends and neighbors,

We are on target to make cider again this coming weekend (October 11th and 12th.  If you have contacted me with a specific date you plan to attend we will hope to see you. If you plan to attend one or both dates and have not contacted me with a date, please do so by this Wednesday Oct. 8th, so we know approximately how many to expect.

We will again be renting the grinder and cider press this year and will accept donations toward the rental fee. We have information on how to pasteurize your fresh cider.  Know that 20 pounds of fruit will produce ~  approximately one gallon of cider. If you want enough to have some through the holidays, please plan to bring fruit.  We have not heard from anyone indicating a need for container(s). If you expect to need a container at this point, the Just Brew It shop in Carson City has a pretty good inventory.

This is a very fun activity for children of all ages since the flavors of the cider are MUCH more complex and satisfying than apple juice. The varieties of apples we have picked from the McCleary and Belli Ranches and local sites are from a wide variety of trees which should yield some wonderful and complex flavors.

Feel free to bring snacks and some to share.  Bottles of water would be a good idea.  Bring a knife to help with cutting up the apples.  If you have a canopy you’d be willing to bring, that would assist the volunteers with shade.  Let us know if you’re able to bring one.  Extra folding chairs would also be welcome.

Preparing apples, pressing and bottling
Location: 3220 Churchill Dr. Washoe Valley

Dates & Times
Saturday Oct. 11th (1:00 – 5:00 PM)
Sunday Oct. 12th (1:00 – 4:00 PM

If you plan to participate and have not yet contacted us, please call our house at 345-1515 or reply to this message by Wednesday (10/ 8). We look forward to having you join us.

Notes From the WV Garden Club

Hi Gardeners –

What an incredible spring we’re having.  Enjoy those weeds and seeds!

NEWS:  At Amy Casey’s suggestion last Wednesday, the Garden Group decided on having an area-wide Garage Sale weekend.  We talked about several dates, but Amy and Bob could not make those and so the date she is organizing for is **May 18 & 19th.**  She has offered to compile a MAP of our area and put the garage sales on that.  It would be advertised on Craig’s list so with many of us setting up for garage sales, we could expect a goodly number of folks to drive out from Reno or Carson City.

To get on the list for the map, please contact Amy at abcasey@aol.com (best method) or if not available,  775-530-3748.

A Garden Group member has items from their garden they are willing to share:

Betty and Ron Hicks have iris available for taking and three Bantam chickens.  Rooster and two hens, I believe.  Please contact Betty for either.  849-3344

Gardening Pot Luck Saturday

Hello everyone –

…and winter!

I hope you’ve planned to attend the Fall Potluck Saturday (yes, THIS Saturday) with your fellow gardeners (or not yet gardeners) and enjoy and evening of good food and company.  Bring your favorite dish and your beverage of choice and meet everyone at 6:30 at Betty and Ron Hicks house on Chipmunk.  6:30 Saturday.  Let’s celebrate the success and failures we had this year and do it together.  Open to all, bring your friends.

Here are the directions:  Take Eastlake to Coyote (between Cottontail and Monarch) to the uphill direction (right or left depending on your direction).  Take Coyote to Chipmunk (the second street) and make a LEFT.  Drive to 2360 Chipmunk (on the uphill side).  If you need to call the Hicks’ their number is 849-3344.

It would be good to have an idea about how many might be attending for paper products, etc.  Would you email me your plans to attend?  Thanks.

Donna Murpy-Sharp