High Elevation Garden Workshops

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Growing Fruits and Veggies at High Elevation

The 2022 High Elevation Gardening / Grow Your Own Virtual Workshop Series will feature new fruits and veggies including a mushroom workshop, check out the schedule below for dates and registration information! 

Want to grow your own fruits and vegetables here in Tahoe? Make sure you learn the tricks, the environmentally-friendly ways, and the science-based methods for gardening at high elevation by attending free (online) workshops in May and June.  Participants receive instruction on cultivation techniques, history/background on the plants being highlighted, various strategies to apply based on their local growing environment, and ultimately take home free plants for their gardens. These are family-friendly workshops, with opportunities to get acquainted with growing fruits and vegetables. All workshops are in collaboration with UCCE Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners, University of Nevada Reno Desert Farming Initiative, and Slow Food Lake Tahoe. Register for each workshop to receive the link to attend the virtual workshop.

Click Here to Register for a 2022 High Elevation Garden Workshop

Missed a workshop? All workshops will be recorded (and posted on this page) for participants to watch at any time if you are unable to attend the live workshop or if you would like to refer back to it throughout the planting and harvesting process.

All workshops are free and will be recorded and reposted on the TERC YouTube page. There is a $15 charge for starter plants featured in the garden workshops. Thank you so much for your support! All proceeds will benefit local participating non-profits including the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center education programs. Additional online donations can be made here.

For questions about the gardening workshops and our varietal phenology project please contact Alison Toy.

Planting/Harvesting Resources (Info Sheets)

2022 Mushroom Cheat sheet

2022 Potato Cheat Sheet

2022 Spicy Salads: Kale, Lettuce, Mizuna, Tatsoi, Bok Choy, and Strawberry Spinach

2022 Beans and Peas Cheat sheet

2020 Artichoke Cheat Sheet

2020 Tomato Cheat Sheet

2020 Garlic Cheat Sheet

Dates for the 2022 Garden Workshops:

  • March 2: Germinating seeds and transplanting 
  • April 6: Fun-gi and gals grow Mushrooms (Pick-up fungi 04/09) 
  • May 4: Organic Gardening 101 and Fertilizer
  • May 11: Beans and Peas (Pick-up seeds 05/14)
  • May 18: Leafy greens for the spicy salad (Pick-up plants 5/21)
  • May 25: Potatoes and Sunchokes (Pick-up seeds 5/28) 
  • June 1: Squash (Pick-up seeds 06/04)
  • June 8: Tomatoes (Pick-up plants 06/11)
  • June 15: Herbs (Pick-up plants 06/18)

2022 Garden Workshop Recordings:

Tahoe Mushrooms

2021 Garden Workshop Recordings:

Watershed-Friendly Gardening

Potatoes 

It's not Chard to Eat Green 

Beans and Peas 

Strawberries 

Tomatoes 

Herbs 

2020 Workshop follow-up surveys (must be completed prior to plant pick-ups)

Organic Gardening 101: https://tinyurl.com/organicgardeningsurvey

Potatoes are Appealing: https://tinyurl.com/potatoessurvey

Lettuce not forget Kale: https://tinyurl.com/lettucekale

Okey Dokey, we'll try Artichokes: https://tinyurl.com/artichokesurvey

Tomatoes, for gardening masochists: https://tinyurl.com/tomatoessurvey

Tasty, tasty Garlic: https://tinyurl.com/garlicsurvey

2020 Garden Workshop Recordings:

Organic Gardening 101 (link)

Growing an organic garden is better for you, better for your community, and better for the environment. It can be a challenge, but your body and the Earth will thank you for accepting the challenge. 

Potatoes are Appealing (link)

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 Mountain Range, is well suited to our climate. Interesting varieties have been selected for our trials, including blue, red and gold types.  

Lettuce not forget Kale (link)

One of the first crops to be harvested from any garden every year are leafy green vegetables like kale and lettuce. They are super easy to grow and will be a satisfying growing experience for any new gardener. Add a couple of other veggies from the high elevation garden talks and you have one great spring salad or soup. Get a bountiful harvest multiple times throughout the season, make kale chips for a super food snack or augment your salad mix with our heirloom varieties! 

May 26th: Okey Dokey we'll try Artichokes (link)

Meet the thistle you actually want in your garden. The artichoke is an unbloomed flower of a plant and each plant can produce up to 20 artichokes, so plenty for the entire household. Register here! 

June 2nd: Tomatoes: For Tahoe Gardening Masochists (link)

 In cooler climates tomatoes typically are grown in greenhouses. We are trying hardier varieties of tomatoes that have the potential to thrive in the Tahoe climate. This fruit is notoriously the problem child for gardens here in Tahoe. Learn the techniques required to successfully grow these plants in our highly variable summer temperatures.

If you're looking for some key points of information, please note the timestamps below:

Planting (22:57)
Watering (30:41)
Suckering (36:42)

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. Register here!

Tasty, tasty Garlics (link)

 tricks of the trade in growing garlic and onions 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.