By Roberta Tolan
Special to The PREVIEW
Gardening in Pagosa Country can be challenging at best. One of the ways to have a successful garden in spite of our short growing season, intense sun, high winds, occasional hail and grasshopper migrations is to grow under cover. That can include everything from grow domes to high tunnels to hoop houses. All of these options can extend our growing season, but they also have their own challenges.
Colorado State University Extension and the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership are co-sponsoring a series of classes to help backyard gardeners and small growers be successful. Classes will be taught by both state and regional Extension specialists and local gardening enthusiasts. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts.
Season extension: greenhouse structures for the home gardener and small grower — Wednesday, Aug. 13, 4-6 p.m., CSU Extension building — Class taught by Yvette Henson, CSU Extension director for San Miguel and West Montrose counties. Henson recently presented at the American Society of Horticultural Sciences’ annual meeting.
Managing irrigation, insects and diseases in the greenhouse —Wednesday, Aug. 20, 4-6 p.m., CSU Extension building — Class taught by Dr. Steve Newman, CSU Extension greenhouse crops specialist. Newman teaches greenhouse management at CSU.
The best greenhouse vegetables for Pagosa Springs -— Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4-6 p.m., CSU Extension building — Class taught by Ron Chacey, longtime vegetable gardener in Pagosa Springs.
Local greenhouse and grow dome tour — Wednesday, Sept. 3, 4-6 p.m., meet at the CSU Extension building — Tour local greenhouses and grow domes and learn from other local growers.
The cost is $5 per individual class or $15 for the entire series. Pre-registration is required and the class size will be limited to 25, so register early. To register, call 264-5931. All classes will be located at the CSU Extension building at 344 U.S. 84 in Pagosa Springs.
CSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify the office at 264-5931 at least one week before the class.